Current Applied Research Projects

Hull and York Medical School
Evaluation of the value of primary care based undergraduate medical education and its impact on preparedness for practice, development as a clinician and career intentions

Across Yorkshire and the Humber a significant proportion of undergraduate medical training is now undertaken in primary care placements, often in general practice. These placements are costly to provide but are very often highly rated by students for the quality of teaching. However, based on local feedback and the research literature, it is less clear to what extent the significant proportion of time spent within primary care is of perceived value to students in terms of their preparedness for practice, and of importance to recent graduates in terms of their overall clinical practice and their career intentions. Firefly Research is working alongside researchers from Hull York Medical School in order to contribute to addressing this gap in the knowledge base. The study is being funded by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber and aims to explore the value and impact of primary care based undergraduate medical education on medical students’ preparedness for practice, and the development of medical students and young doctors as clinicians, including their career intentions and career pathways in the first few years after qualification from medical school. The study is being conducted across two medical schools in Yorkshire and the Humber – Hull York and Leeds. It will last approximately 12 months and involves a literature review and curriculum scoping review, interviews and focus groups with current students and new graduates and an online survey of Year 5 undergraduate students and recent graduates.

Parkinson’s UK
Improving Care for People with dementia with Lewy Bodies and Parkinson’s dementia in Care Homes

Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s dementia are under-recognised in the care home population and yet the symptoms associated with these conditions can be some of the hardest for care staff to manage. A new project for Parkinson’s UK, which we are carrying out in partnership with the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland aims to – estimate the number of people who are likely to have dementia with Lewy bodies/Parkinson’s dementia in care homes; explore how the particular needs of people with these conditions are recognised in care homes; and understand what kind of training and support care home staff would find most valuable in caring for these residents. More information about the project can be found here.