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Patient Volunteer Programme


At The University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine we train our medical students to the highest possible standard of patient care. An important part of their medical training is patient contact and medical examination skills.

More than 80 % of any medical diagnosis is made by medical students just listening to the patient. This is something they can only learn by working with real patients. 

We are looking for willing volunteer patients to take part in the student teaching or assessment sessions. Volunteer patients help our students to become competent practitioners. In this way, we can see how medical students examine and communicate with real patients and to check that they do so in a professional, courteous and accurate manner.

We need patients who are happy to allow students to record their medical histories and in some cases, carry out physical examinations. Volunteers can attend sessions just once or twice a year if they wish, or can choose to be more active participants. These sessions may be held in the morning or the afternoon.

The Volunteer Patients we are looking for are people with a wide range of long term conditions or illnesses.

Here is an example of some of those:

  • Neurological problems: for example, Parkinson’s disease, previous stroke, previous spine or brain surgery, peripheral neuropathies.
  • Heart problems: for example, angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease.
  • Chest/breathing problems: for example, asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, restrictive lung disease or anything related.
  • Endocrine problems: for example, thyroid problems, goitre, diabetes type 1 and type 2.

  • Gastrointestinal problems: for example, inflammatory diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), stoma, liver problems.
  • Kidney problems: for example, somebody who has received a kidney transplant, polycystic kidney disease.
  • Joint problems for example: for example, rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoarthritis.
  • Dermatological problems: for example, psoriasis, eczema.
  • Breast surgery/problems: for example, previous breast surgery. 

If you would like to be involved and your condition does not appear on the list we would still be delighted to hear from you.

Each Volunteer Patient will be well looked after and provided with refreshments and free parking.  Additionally, everyone who takes part will receive a small token to say ‘thank you’ for giving up your time to help our medical student’s progress. Throughout the year we hold events for those who have registered their interest in becoming a volunteer patient. At these events, we can assess your suitability for involvement in teaching or examinations.

If you are interested in becoming a patient volunteer with the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Medicine please email in the first place to: MedVolunteerPatient@uclan.ac.uk and our Volunteer Patient Co-ordinator will contact you with further information.