PKB connecting healthcare students from North East England to South East Asia to practice patient-centred care
Students at Newcastle University School of Medical Education in both Newcastle Upon Tyne and Malaysia have gone live using the PKB platform to remotely practise consultation skills and to gain confidence in collaborating with patients on their care.
Starting in February, first year medical students at Newcastle will be using the PKB platform with our ‘simulated model’. Module leads have created case studies of patients for whom students will be able to view care plans, input medications and view test results.
This work will be part of a cross-campus learning tool with NUMed Malaysia – an international branch campus – which provides medical and biomedical degree programmes equivalent to those of Newcastle University’s UK-based provision, but contextualised for Malaysia.
GP Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Medical School Dr Cathy Williamson said:
PKB is delighted that the platform can be so easily engaged with between the two campuses to allow for shared learning.
In the future it is hoped that the platform can be used between different Schools and Universities to enable interprofessional learning, which we know can promote knowledge exchange and have positive impacts on patient outcomes.
Looking ahead to future academic years, the team at Newcastle Medical School are keen to allow students to engage remotely with patient volunteers via the PKB online platform. PKB provides choice and flexibility to partners who wish to use the platform with their students through deployment models that work for them.
PKB Medical Education lead Olivia Kennedy said: