5th Year - Pinderfields

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Welcome 5th Years - Pinderfields

Below you will be able to access placement information for the 8 fifth year placements we run here at Pinderfields. A common day for fifth year students on placement at Pinderfields will start off with you catching the breakfast club express from Leeds bringing you to Pinderfields for breakfast and your breakfast club teaching session that will start at 8:00am. Details can be found here… Coach Service

Acute Medicine

Welcome to a to a very different 5th year “Super-assistantship placement”* in Acute Medicine. We assess and treat a wide range of adult patients on MAU and also have an Ambulatory care unit, where we see semi-acute patients referred from GP and the Emergency Department. We support a large number of medical trainees in their professional development.

This is a busy place where you will work closely with junior doctors, whilst being supported by more senior doctors. You will work with junior doctors from 9 to 5pm, and optional on-calls. You will be totally immersed in clinical care

(Dr Logan - Placement lead)


Welcome to this 4 week integrated clinical placement. We hope that you will gain a wide experience in the relevant clinical areas during your time with us at Pinderfields Hospital. There are great learning opportunities and a team of clinicians who are enthusiastic to teach you – we encourage you to make the most of these!

(Dr P Batin - Placement lead)


Welcome to the Diabetes and Endocrine placement. We hope you will enjoy this posting and this will be useful for you. Diabetes and Endocrinology are predominantly out-patient based so a lot of the experience you will get is in this setting.

In addition you will have an opportunity to see patients admitted with complications related to diabetes as well as some common and not so common endocrine conditions.You will also have the opportunity to work with other members of the multi-disciplinary team including the diabetes nurses, podiatrists and endocrine nurse.

(Dr R D’Costa - Placement lead)

Elderly Medicine and Stroke

We hope the placement will give you broad exposure and practical, teaching-based experience in different aspects of Stroke Medicine and Geriatrics.

In particular, the placement includes an assistantship during which you will pair with a junior doctor for supervision in a range of different settings and activities. Please read the detailed description below of the assistantship.

(Dr A Stanners - Placement lead)

Emergency Medicine

Welcome to our busy Emergency Department (ED). We are the front door of the hospital. We assess and treat the entire range of patient presentations at all ages. After orientating to the clinical environment and receiving skills training, you will work shifts alongside an EM junior doctors (whilst being supported by more senior doctors). During your Super-Assistantship role you will deliver patient care and evolve roles and responsibilities under the close supervision of a junior doctor. You will be very impressed how we progress your abilities over just four-weeks.

(Dr R Khodabocus - Placement lead) Welcome message

GI Medicine/Surgery

Welcome to Pinderfield’s 5th year Gastroenterology: Medicine and Surgery placement.

Pinderfields is a busy district general hospital in a large modern building with extensive facilities: 15 operating theatres, a sixty-bedded medical Acute Assessment Unit (AAU), huge Emergency Department and Critical Care facilities.

We hope that you will enjoy this placement and that the introduction of both medical and surgical input gives you a good overall perspective of this specialty.


Welcome to your Pinderfields Musculoskeletal attachment. This is a four week block in which we will endeavor to expose you to Rheumatology, Plastics and Orthopedics. You will be exposed to the entire range of musculoskeletal disease from common simple joint disorders such as osteoarthritis through inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, to the more exotic and rare connective tissues disorders such as vasculitis, systemic sclerosis, sarcoid and Behcets. We intend to show you how to elicit the clinical features of these diseases and an approach to assessment/management.

(Dr S Jarrett - Placement lead)

Welcome to the Department of Plastic Surgery at Pinderfields Hospital.

We are a very busy department and we assess and treat the entire range of patient presentations at all ages. Our department incorporates Hand Surgery (elective & emergency), Lower Limb Reconstruction, the Regional Burns Unit, Breast Reconstruction, Hypospadias, Perineal Reconstruction, Skin cancer Surgery and General Plastic Surgery.

We have in-patients on the adult plastic surgery ward, the Regional Burns Units (Adult/Paediatric) and on the paediatric ward. We have specialist clinics every day.

(Mr S Majumder - Placement lead)


Welcome to the Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals Respiratory Department. This attachment will give you a unique experience in acute and chronic Respiratory diseases in secondary care as well as in the community. We hope that you will enjoy your time with us and will gain valuable experience in a busy general respiratory department.Please don’t hesitate to ask if there are any aspects that are unclear.

Getting to know everyone is difficult as the department is fairly large. However you will get to know most of the consultants, specialist trainees, senior nurses and many of the nurse specialists. Our staffs are very friendly and keen to have students in the department. You will be particularly popular if you help, add something to the service rather than just stand around expecting to be taught and trained. So do get involved and learn from the experienced nurses as well as the doctors.

The principal contacts that you need to know are the educational leads, but any of the consultants will be able to help you with clinical issues. If you have any problems, or unable to attend your placement for whatever reason, then email the placement leads.

(Dr G Esterbrook - Placement lead)

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