Clinical skills, teaching and assessment

What are clinical skills?

It’s the practical aspects of medicine; the procedures and the examinations. Some of these will be facilitated by the clinical skills team (both here at MRI and at our district general and associate teaching hospitals) and for others we will bring in specialists to teach you or you will be taught by your firms.

Year 3 skills include:

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Venepuncture
  • Cannulation
  • SC/IM injections
  • IV infusions
  • Arterial blood gas sampling
  • 12 lead ECG recording
  • Catheterisation
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood glucose measurement
  • Cardiovascular examination
  • Respiratory examination
  • Abdominal examination
  • Digital rectal examination
  • Basic neurological examination
  • Peripheral vascular examination
  • Diabetic foot examination
  • Thyroid examination
  • Assessing hydration status
  • Assessing for a DVT/VTE

Year 4 skills include:

  • Neurological examinations
  • MSK examinations
  • Eye examinations
  • ENT examinations
  • Dermatological examination
  • Breast examination
  • Bimanual examination
  • Vaginal swabs
  • Antenatal examination
  • Neonatal examination
  • Paediatric basic life support

Year 5 skills include:

  • IV drugs
  • Blood cultures
  • Suturing
  • The ABCDE assessment
  • The Advanced Life Support algorithm

How do we educate?

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Benjamin Franklin.

We run workshops for all our practical sessions where we will demonstrate it to, tell you how to do it, make sure you understand it and then get you to do it. This will sometimes be on models and occasionally on each other (depending on the skill or examination!).

We are making increasing use of the flipped classroom – producing short videos for you to watch prior to attending a session to give you a grounding in the basics before you arrive. Watch out for links to these on MedLea. Please make sure you watch these before coming to a session – they are all less than 6 minutes long!

The skills lab has an open door policy – it’s open Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30 for you to use and practice and we try to keep a tutor free to help you out if needed

What about revision?

Rather than thinking of on OSCE as an examination think of it as a snapshot of you in clinical practice with someone watching what you are doing – always remember the examiner doesn’t know what you are thinking. There isn’t a separate way of doing things for an OSCE.

Over the years we have developed several aids for revision.

Firstly we have a YouTube channel with demonstrations of procedures, examinations and explainers which has proved very popular.

We have produced an iBook on Clinical Examinations and Procedures which can be downloaded on to your Apple device here (it’s a big file so please give it time to download).

Year 3 student have a formative OSCE a few weeks before their summative.

A highly recommend revision book for OSCE examinations is Essential Examination by Dr. Alasdair KB Ruthven which has a lot of key information relating to each examination.

Awesome Websites

Learn the Heart

Radiology Masterclass

Life in the Fast Lane

GP Notebook

MedSkl (need to register but its free)

Orthopaedic examinations

Med School – clinical years (may need to register but its free)

St. Emlyns

Resus Council (UK)


The skills lab is your skills lab, feel free to use it when there is no teaching going on. The only thing we ask is that you respect others, have an awareness of the cost of equipment and CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!

In the lab…

  • Sharp things and drugs go in the sharps bins
  • Medical devices, gloves, aprons etc. go in the yellow and black striped bins
  • Packaging and your Starbucks cups etc. go in the clean bins

Any issues that we can help with please get in touch with one of us below.

Elective requests

The Undergraduate Medical Education Department is unable to accept any Erasmus+ or Elective attachments. You may wish to make a direct approach to an individual consultant at MFT but please do not email staff members below as we cannot deal with your query. You can contact medical staffing by emailing who may be able to give you more information. Thank you.


Nick Smith or @NickHarveySmith

Head of Clinical Teaching & Assessments



Oma_2013Oma Chung 

Senior Clinical Skills Tutor

0161 701 1285


ZoeHirstZoe Hirst

Clinical Skills Tutor

0161 701 1109


Yyvonne_2013Yvonne Flanagan

Skills lab Technician

0161 276 4959



Amelia Bell

Clinical Teaching & Assessment Manager

0161 276 8091

Hala Abdul-SalamHala Abdul Salam

Clinical Teaching & Assessment Coordinator

0161 701 1283