Medical English

Do you need to improve your medical English?

IH Manchester can help you!

Study Online: With your own personal tutor. Follow a structured, 50 hour online course and book live online individual lessons with your own IH Manchester tutor.

Completely flexible. Study when and where you want. Progress at your own pace.


English for Doctors

English for Medical Academic Purposes

English for Nurses

English for Pharmacy

English for Care

Medical Terminology

IH Manchester can help you to medical English success!

Medical English 1:1 lessons with IH Manchester are designed to give you the language and skills needed to move on to the next stage of your medical career.

Why study medical English with IH Manchester?

  • Study with full trained and qualified experts
  • Access to our online study platform with content written by leading Medical English professionals and which includes 35 videos, 45 audio tracks and 100s of different tasks and activities including test practice.
  • IH Manchester’s flipped learning approach means you learn efficiently. Students can complete activities on our platform before class so more class time is spent practising, consolidating understanding and receiving feedback.
  • Learn the language skills required for success including integrated grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work as well as focused writing, reading, speaking and listening practice.
  • Practice including speaking test roles plays and written test script correction throughout the programme as required.

Medical English Course Content

English for Doctors

English for Doctors
Communicating accurately and effectively is critical to the safety, care and wellbeing of patients. This 100-hour, online course teaches the English that enables international doctors to deliver outstanding levels of practice and care, build strong relationships with patients and colleague, and lead and participate in successful healthcare teams.The course is designed for doctors and medical students with an upper-intermediate or advanced (B2 or C1) level of English who work or study in English.

Around the Hospital
• On the ward
• Hospital staff, inc. allied health professionals
• Introducing yourself to patients
• The body: anterior, posterior
• Glossary of body terms

Patient Admissions
• Clerking a patient
• Non-verbal communication
• Therapeutic listening
• Wounds and burns
• Hospital charts: patient admission form
• Writing a patient file note

Interviewing a Patient
• The language used in healthcare
• Conducting patient interviews
• The Calgary – Cambridge Observation Guide
• Asking different types of questions
• Cardiovascular conditions
• Respiratory symptoms and conditions
• Describing strokes
• The body: the nose, head, face

Taking Observations
• Blood pressure and pulse
• Temperature
• Neurological changes
• Hospital charts: Early Warning Score
• The body: the arm, hands
• The body: skin, nails, hair

Past Medical History
• Patient centred care
• Allergies and adverse drug reactions
• Taking a sexual history
• Substance misuse
• Describing dementia
• Challenging behaviours in the elderly
• The body: the chest

Talking about Pain
• Types of pain
• Pain severity
• Pain location
• Using pain scales
• Chronic back pain
• The body: muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments

Examining a Patient
• Patient confidentiality
• Putting a patient at ease
• The female reproductive system
• Doing an internal examination
• Protecting vulnerable patients
• Writing GP letters

Explaining Tests
• Blood tests, taking a blood sample
• Radiological tests
• Testing for tuberculosis
• Cervical smear tests
• Taking a urine specimen
• Diabetes tests
• Hospital forms: pathology forms
• The body: the ears

Discussing a Diagnosis
• Discussing different diagnoses
• Discussing injuries
• Discussing IBS
• Infectious diseases and conditions
• Answering a bleep
• The body: intestines, abdomen
• The body: feet, ankles

Explaining Treatment
• Managing diabetes
• Managing constipation
• Managing urinary incontinence
• Managing asthma
• Stoma therapy
• Administering medications, PCA
• Hospital charts: controlled drugs, oxygen therapy
• Writing a discharge letter

Discussing Surgery
• Surgical procedures
• Cosmetic surgery
• Hospital chart: VTE
• Arthritis
• The body: hips, thighs, legs
• The body: shoulders
• Using SBAR

Pre-operative Care
• Consent, infection control, MRSA
• Pre-operative investigations
• Assessing level of risk: anaesthesia
• Healthcare acquired infections
• The kidneys, fluid loss, dehydration
• Inserting an IV cannula
• IV fluids

Post-operative Care
• Giving a post-operative handover
• Endocrine disorders: subtotal thyroidectomy
• Wound infections
• Hospital charts: sepsis screening tool
• Suggesting lifestyle changes
• The body: mouth, eyes, the senses
• Writing a discharge letter

Oncology and End-of-Life Care
• Types of cancers
• Oncology and chemotherapy
• Radiotherapy
• The breast and breast cancer
• Cancer of the cervix
• Lung cancer
• Palliative care
• End-of-life care
• Hospital charts: DNAR orders

This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose professional qualifications are recognised worldwide. On course completion, learners receive an End-of-Course Achievement Certificate confirming 80 CPD points.

English for Nurses

Communicating accurately and effectively is critical to the safety, care and wellbeing of patients. This 100-hour, online course teaches the English that nursing professionals and students need to communicate effectively in all essential situations at work, including key patient interactions, clinical pathways, giving accurate handovers, drugs calculations, post-operative and end-of-life care.The course is designed for nurses with intermediate (B1 – B2) level of English who work or study in English. The course is easy to use, enjoyable and, above all, practical.

introducing yourself and saying what you do
• Welcoming a patient
• Talking to patients and colleagues
• Describing your role and responsibilities
• Staff in the hospital
• Medical terminology
• Everyday healthcare language
• Hospital charts: patient admission form

Talking about pain
• Types of pain
• Pain severity and location
• Administering pain medication
• Types of painkillers, side effects
• Chronic pain: osteoarthritis
• Hospital charts: pain scales
• The body: anterior and posterior

Pressure area care
• Pressure ulcers and ulcer stages
• The body: the lower back and buttocks
• Changing a patient’s position
• Intentional rounding
• Pressure area care of wheelchair-bound patients
• Waterlow pressure area assessment tool
• The body: lower back and buttocks

Injuries and falls
• Falls and injuries
• Sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations
• Care of a patient with a plaster cast
• Giving a handover
• Writing an incident report
• Hospital charts: Falls Risk Assessment
• The body: legs, thighs, hips, feet

Injuries and falls
• Falls and injuries
• Sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations
• Care of a patient with a plaster cast
• Giving a handover
• Writing an incident report
• Hospital charts: Falls Risk Assessment
• The body: legs, thighs, hips, feet

Infection Control
• PPE, micro-organisms, HCAIs
• Taking a blood sample
• Taking a temperature, abnormal readings
• Wound infections, burns chart
• Isolation nursing
• Hospital chart: wound care chart
• The body: skin, nails, hair

Intravenous therapy and iV injections
• IV equipment, needle stick injuries
• Administering IV fluids
• Checking and giving an IV antibiotic; VIP scores
• Drug calculations• Taking about clinical pathways
• Hospital charts: fluid balance chart
• The body: arms and hands

Administration of medications
• Types of medication
• Checking drugs, dose, frequency, allergies
• Discussing side effects and precautions
• Medication and the elderly
• Putting in eye drops and eye ointment
• Hospital charts: drug charts
• The body: ears and eyes

Breathing difficulties
• Respiration and respiratory difficulties
• Breathing equipment
• Asthma – types of inhalers and nebulisers
• Upper respiratory tract infections
• Discussing lifestyle changes
• Hospital charts: oxygen prescription
• The body: the chest

Post-operative care
• Vocabulary of post-operative care
• Taking a handover in Recovery
• Explaining discharge information
• Managing phone enquiries
• Using SBAR to communicate with colleagues
• Hospital documentation: district nurse referral
• The body: the abdomen

End-of-life care
• Types of cancer and cancer treatment
• Talking about chemotherapy side effects
• Managing unpleasant symptoms post- radiotherapy
• Palliative care
• Supporting relatives
• Hospital charts: DNAR orders
• The body: mouth and throat

The course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK, whose professional qualifications are recognised worldwide.

English for Care

Communicating accurately and effectively is critical to the safety, care and wellbeing of patients. This course teaches the English that care professionals and students need to communicate effectively in many patient scenarios, including patient admissions, activities of daily living, vital areas of care, looking after elderly patients, and working with mental health issues.The course is designed for care professionals and students withan elementary and lower-intermediate (A2-B1) level of Englishwho work or study in English.The course is easy to use, enjoyable and, above all, practical.

Patient Admission
• Introducing yourself
• Checking patient information
• Patient confidentiality
• People and places in the hospital
• Taking patient observations
• Hospital chart: observation chart

Eating and Drinking
• Talking about meals
• Helping with meal times
• Completing a fluid balance chart
• Avoiding dehydration
• Hospital charts: MUST chart

Toileting a Patient
• Talking about incontinence
• Urine output
• Assisting patients with toileting
• Talking about constipation
• Ensuring dignity and privacy
• Hospital charts: bowel charts

• Language of mobility
• Rehabilitation and disability
• Care of a plaster cast
• Helping a patient after a hip operation
• Care after a stroke
• Hospital chart: patient handling

Pressure Area Care
• Pressure ulcers
• Managing pressure ulcers
• Log rolling a patient
• Intentional rounding
• Hospital chart: pressure ulcer assessment tools

Falls and injuries
• Falls, slips and trips
• Types of injuries
• Wounds and dressings
• Scenario: a resident has a fall
• Accountability of HCAs
• Hospital charts: falls assessment

Elderly patients
• Gerontology and the ageing process
• Legal and ethical issues in ageing
• Dementia in the elderly
• Parkinson’s disease
• Talking about osteoporosis
• End of life care, supporting relatives

Infection control
• Cycle of infection and contagious diseases
• Body temperature
• Pneumonia and other chest infections
• Talking about respiration
• Hospital acquired infections
• Use of PPE and hand hygiene
• MRSA , talking MRSA swabs

• Types of pain
• Asking about pain
• Using pain scales
• Pain behaviour in the elderly
• Non-pharmacological pain relief
• Chest pain and the heart

Mental Health
• The Mental health team
• Depression in the elderly
• Talking about depression
• Confusion in the elderly
• Substance misuse
• Alcohol Withdrawal Score
• Dealing with challenging behaviours
• Managing aggressive patients

English for Pharmacy

If you want to discuss pharmacy and pharmaceutical processes in English effectively and confidently, this is the course for you. This 20-hour, online course is designed specifically for those working in pharmacy or studying pharmacy who want to use English more proficiently at work, in research or in their studies.At the end of this course, you will have learnt the English you need to discuss pharmacy in many areas. You will also have created the basis for further, more detailed English language study in specialist fields.

On this English for Pharmacy course, you will study the language of the following areas. Throughout the course, you will learn vocabulary, practise listening, develop your pronunciation and see how the language of pharmacy is contextualised in practice.
• An Introduction to Pharma
• An Industry Overview
• Drug Classification
• Pharmacological Classification
• Analysing Similarities andDifference within Classes
• How Drugs Work
• Major Therapeutic Targets
• Drug Interactions
• Working on Receptors
• Working on Enzymes
• The Lock and Key Analogy
• Designing New Drugs – Key Criteria
• Drug Nomenclature
• Matching Chemical, Generic andTrade Names
• Using Mathematical Language
• Describing Graphic Data
• Developing New Drugs
• The Drug Discovery Timeline
• The Drug Development Process
• The History of Pharmaceuticals

English for Pharmacy: an introduction is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK. All learners who complete the course receive a formal CPD Standards certificate, accepted internationally and across multiple professional sectors.

English for Medical Academic Purposes

Writing articles, giving presentations, listening to lectures and reading research papers in English is increasingly important in the globalised world of healthcare. SLC’s online English for Medical Academic Purposes course gives you the language skills you need to study and work effectively with English language materials at a high level.It provides the tools you need to write effectively, attend international conferences and events, and work with professionals and students from other countries.

On this course, you will:
• develop the skills and strategies you need to listen effectively to academic talks, give presentations or read academic texts
• learn the key features of academic writing, so you can write abstracts, articles and research papers clearly and effectively• expand your academic vocabulary
• deepen your knowledge of grammar and structure
• improve your study skills so you develop as an independent learner and researcher

Medical Termanology

What is medical terminology?
Medical terminology is language used to precisely describe the human body including its different parts, processes, conditions affecting it, treatments and procedures performed upon it. By using an agreed set of medical terms, healthcareprofessionals can communicate accurately with other professionals around the world.

Who is this course for?
• Healthcare professionals and students
• Anyone thinking about a career in medical administration
• Anyone with an interest in discovering more about medical language, its etymology and meanings

Course details:
• Learn hundreds of medical terms covering body parts, symptoms, conditions, treatments and procedures
• Learn how medical terms are formed and what key patterns are used
• Learn how medical terms are pronounced
• Learn how medical terms translate into everyday English
• Learn online when you want, where you want

How It Works

Step 2- Agree programme of study

Following review of the placement test, a member of the academic team will meet with the student and agree on a personalised study plan (PSP) that sets out the language and test skills the student will need and the timescale needed.

Step 1- Assessment

At IH Manchester the first step is our Medical English placement test. We’ll test all four skills, so that the student’s programme can be planned effectively. The test takes place on our online platform for listening, reading and writing and through Zoom for speaking. It takes 2hrs 20 mins in total: Listening 20 mins, Reading 60 mins, Writing 40 mins, Speaking 20 mins. Results are then checked and review by one of our professionals.

Medical English Course Options

NB – English For Care, Medical Terminology and English for Pharmacy are priced as above.
The following supplements apply for the other medical English courses:

English for Doctors+ £26.00
English for Nurses+ £26.00
English for Medical Academic Purposes+ £13.00

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