We work closely with the University of Bristol to offer their medical students clinical placements in Integrative Medicine (IM).
Using our Bristol Whole Life Approach as a framework students explore the combination of conventional treatment with lifestyle approaches (such as nutrition, physical activity and stress management) and complementary therapies (such as acupuncture, reflexology and healing to support health and wellbeing).
Our placements are practical and experiential. Students learn a wide range of new skills that are useful in preventing and managing any long-term conditions, and can apply them to patients, families and themselves, whatever career path they follow.
- Learn how to undertake holistic assessments
- Observe Integrative doctor sessions
- Learn about nutrition for health conditions through talks, observing individual nutritional consultations and witnessing a Healthy cooking demonstration
- learn about complementary therapies through talks, observation and direct experience
- Observe and participate in a psycho-educational self-management course for people with cancer
- Hear patient and carer perspectives from people with lived experience of cancer
- Assess their own resilience and self-care strategies
- Experience and practice a variety of resilience-building self-care techniques
- Take part in an experiential 2-day residential workshop on mindfulness and resilience for health professionals
- Learn from our Research and Evaluation team how to find, analyse and review emerging evidence supporting integrative approaches, develop skills in critically appraising such evidence, and present it in both professional and patient-friendly formats
- Attend a 2-day Foundation in Integrative Medicine course, run by the College of Medicine involving doctors and other clinicians who are national experts in the delivery of Integrative Medicine