A medical school has won national recognition for its efforts to support the community.

Two Brighton and Sussex Medical School projects were highlighted in a report by the Medical Schools Council.

The reports celebrate achievements by medical schools and students across the country.

The medical school ran a Pathway Homeless research trial in Brighton that looked at the effect of a GP-led homeless team monitoring the care and discharge of homeless people admitted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Chris Sargeant, a GP with experience in homeless people’s healthcare, and medical school lecturer and nurse practitioner Penny Johnson are both involved in the scheme.

As a result of this, third year medical students now spend some time seeing patients, visiting community services and researching the health needs of homeless people in the city.

BrightMed liaises with schools to offer teenagers thinking of taking up a career in medicine a chance to visit the medical school and learn more.

The school is run jointly by the universities of Brighton and Sussex in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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