Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience

Committed to patient and public involvement in medical education at Manchester.

What we do

The Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience works to involve members of the public in the medical training of our future doctors at The University of Manchester.

We believe that the voices of patients and the public should be valued in medical training, as it is the public who directly benefit from medical education when using health and care services.

The Centre was established by the Edwin Doubleday Fund in 2015 as the first centre of its kind in England. The Fund was set up by the parents of Edwin Doubleday, a former medical student at Manchester who passed away before he could take his final exams.

Our core purpose
  • Integrating the partnership between patients, the public, students and academic staff in the governance, development and delivery of medical education.
  • Design, develop and test innovative partnership methods for expanding interactions with patient and public representatives for all students, producing better person-centred doctors.
  • Design effective methods of introducing the patient and public voice into the governance and design of the MBChB Medicine course at Manchester.
  • Identify the best way of integrating the patient experience into our programme, with the aim of having it as a core component within five years.
  • Ensure that the values of the NHS constitution – including care, compassion, respect and openness – are at the heart of medical education.

Get involved

We are always looking for patients and members of the public – who we call our medical education partners – to help shape how medical students at Manchester are trained.

Your involvement will help our medical educators to make improvements to the curriculum of the MBChB course at the University.

This will enable medical students to receive a more person-centred education and, ultimately, improve the care they give to patients when they qualify as a doctor.

Medical students at Manchester can get involved by joining the Doubleday Centre Student Society.

Our team

The Centre is led by Professor Dame Robina Shah DBE, Professor of Psycho-social Medicine and Medical Education on the MBChB Medicine course at Manchester.

We also have a number of Student and National Ambassadors who help support our activities.

Doubleday/Manchester Award and Lecture

Each year, the Doubleday/Manchester Award is granted to an individual of standing who has made a significant contribution to patient care and who, in turn, delivers a lecture at The University of Manchester.

Previous winners have included Sir Bruce Keogh, Lemn Sissay MBE and Andy Burnham.

Contact us

If you have any questions about getting involved with our activities, please get in touch.