In 2016 London Medicine & Healthcare launched a flagship initiative: Vital Signs. Vital Signs addresses a range of challenges pertaining both to higher education and health policy which are likely to impact the provision of health education and training over the next five years. .
The main objectives of Vital Signs are to:
- Identify and prioritise the key challenges and opportunities to health education and training in London;
- Produce targeted evidence to support the work on each theme;
- Convene roundtable meetings of London Medicine members and stakeholders to discuss findings, identify future opportunities, and to discuss policy positions;
- Coordinate advocacy meetings for members with key national and regional policy makers;
- Promote outcomes, including tangible outputs, to members and the wider health education and training community.
A number of priorities have been planned over the first three years, focusing initially on three key themes. These are:
- Theme 1: Clinical Placements in Undergraduate Medicine – maximising the potential of clinical placements in London and understanding students’ perspectives. This project ran during academic year 16/17 and the outcomes can be found here.
- Theme 2: Clinical Academics in London – the experiences of medical and dental clinical academic trainees in London. This project ran during academic year 2017/18 and the outcomes can be found here.
- Theme 3: Topics for this theme are currently being considered.