Our clinical Academies offer you real-life training and experience in a wide range of NHS environments across the South West of England. Our Academies are teaching and learning facilities based within seven NHS Trusts, and function as University of Bristol campuses that are located outside of the main University precinct. They will be at the centre of your clinical teaching as an undergraduate medical student and give you the opportunity to learn with a remarkable range of clinical teachers from primary care, mental health and acute care backgrounds across the seven Trusts.
Each Academy has the resources you would expect on University campus, including lecture and seminar rooms, library and IT facilities, and a student common room. Postgraduate medical trainees, nurses and other allied medical professionals share these resources and facilities with our students, making learning a truly multi-professional experience.
Over the course of your medical training, you will rotate through and spend time in each of our seven clinical Academies and see a wide variety of patients and care within our network. Each clinical Academy is led by an academy medical dean who has responsibility for academic leadership and for students’ academic supervision and pastoral care.
You can find out more about each of the Academies by selecting the tabs - travel expense claim forms for each academy can also be found here.
You will have four separate weeks in the same Academy in Year 2. The majority of your teaching in Years 3-5 will take place in the Academy network.
Year 3 – two consecutive 9-week units at a Bristol Academy and then two further units at an out of Bristol Academy, or vice versa.
Year 4 – four units at an Academy; you will be based at two Academies at least.
Year 5 – two units at an Academy. At least one of these will be Bath or a Bristol Academy.
Free accommodation for all students is provided in all out-of-Bristol Academies.
The placement policy (available in the rules and policies handbook) applies to you in your clinical years. This policy ensures that our placement procedures are fair and transparent to all students and that the Medical School complies with all relevant legislation including the Disability Discrimination and Equality Acts. You will be given the opportunity to apply for individual circumstances if you have special requirements as shown in the placement policy. You should expect to have placements in at least five different Academies during your undergraduate studies.
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The Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in north east Somerset and western Wiltshire. The Trust provides 565 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services. Located 14 miles from Bristol and approximately 1.5 miles from Bath city centre, the Academy can take over 100 students at any one time. You will live on the Trust site for your placement and will attend the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases for their rheumatology teaching.
Bath Academy - sitemap (PDF, 395 kB)
Bath Academy - general information (PDF, 294 kB)
Bath Academy - accommodation FAQs (PDF, 98 kB)
Bath Academy - travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 188 kB)
Find out more about the City of Bath
Gloucestershire is the largest Academy outside of Bristol and consists of two sites - Gloucester and Cheltenham. Both sites provide free accommodation and facilities including an Education Centre, library, and modern teaching and seminar rooms.
Select the following links for more information about Gloucestershire Academy.
For Gloucester travel claim form click on the link above and then choose the Forms tab on the left
North Bristol is the largest NHS Trust in the South West. It is currently based on sites at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals. The Academy enjoys the services of the Postgraduate Medical Education Centres at Frenchay hospital, and the Learning and Research facility at Southmead Hospital. Services will be centred on Southmead in the future when a new, £430 million, 800-bed hospital facility is completed.
Both sites have purpose-built facilities for a busy calendar of multi-professional training and education and can take up to 200 students from Years 2-5 at any one time.
North Bristol Academy - Southmead Hospital site map (PDF, 611 kB)
North Bristol Academy - Frenchay Hospital site map (PDF, 237 kB)
North Bristol Academy - handbook (PDF, 83 kB)
North Bristol Academy - facilities (PDF, 69 kB)
North Bristol Academy - travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 28 kB) - ALL areas need to be completed INCLUDING addresses
The South Bristol Academy provides clinical teaching and learning opportunities at a number of hospitals, namely the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), including the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol Eye Hospital and St Michael's Hospital. You will also be taught at the University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre. These facilities are within walking distance of the main University precinct.
The Bristol Royal Infirmary provides a full range of hospital services for the population of south Bristol, together with tertiary services for cardio-thoracic, paediatric and oncology patients for the South West.
In addition, students are welcome to attend clinics and ward rounds in the South Bristol Community Hospital, if relevant to their attachment. You can get to the site by using the following bus services: 20, 36, 75, 76 and 90. There is a bus stop outside the hospital. If you are unsure of which stop, just ask the driver.
The Academy Office team will welcome you on your clinical placement. They operate an open door policy, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
South Bristol Academy - handbook (PDF, 316 kB)
South Bristol Academy - facilities (PDF, 69 kB)
South Bristol Academy - travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 30 kB) - For travel to and from GP placements
The North Somerset Academy is based on the site of Weston General Hospital. You will be among students who are able to take advantage of our £2 million Academy building and Education Centre. We also have a new, well equipped, light and airy library to support you with your studies. We can take a maximum of 55 students at any one time and provide a contrasting experience to the larger Academies.
Weston General is a small and friendly district hospital in a seaside town. We accept 2nd, 3rd and 5th year students. Our accommodation is well appointed and is very close to the hospital. The 3rd year and 5th year blocks are residential and accommodation is provided for you on site.
We hope you will make the most of the learning environment at North Somerset.
North Somerset Academy - site map (PDF, 131 kB)
North Somerset Academy - accommodation FAQs (PDF, 119 kB)
North Somerset Academy - travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 810 kB)
Find out more about the town of Weston Super Mare
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The Somerset Academy is based on two sites - Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and Yeovil District Hospital. There are plenty of opportunities for teaching and clinical experience in both acute and community medicine at these busy district general hospitals. Free accommodation is provided at both sites.
Somerset Academy - Taunton handbook (PDF, 528 kB)
Somerset Academy - Taunton accommodation FAQs (PDF, 188 kB)
Somerset Academy - Yeovil handbook (PDF, 175 kB)
Somerset Academy - Yeovil directions (PDF, 129 kB)
Somerset Academy - Yeovil accommodation FAQs (PDF, 124 kB)
Somerset Academy - Yeovil travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 64 kB)
Each year at Swindon we teach over 200 University of Bristol students in the 2nd, 4th and 5th years of their undergraduate course. The Academy provides a formal setting for learning and teaching for a wide range of health care professionals as well as students from other medical schools.
The Great Western Hospital is an excellent place to train as a medical student and we are very proud of the educational programme we offer here. It is a new, purpose built hospital with state of the art facilities for patients and staff.
We hope you will use the opportunities provided to develop your knowledge and skills, so that you can qualify as a doctor equipped to provide excellent patient care.
Swindon Academy - handbook (PDF, 5,930 kB)
Swindon Academy - directions (PDF, 10 kB)
Swindon Academy - accommodation FAQs (PDF, 124 kB)
Swindon Academy - GP placements (PDF, 7 kB)
Swindon Academy - travel claim form 12-13 (PDF, 100 kB)
Find out more about the town of Swindon