Published on: 05 September 2012 A group of thirty Italian medical students visited Edgware Community Hospital last week to see what goes on in a specialist NHS walk-in centre. The students, who are all in the latter stages of their medical training at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, were given a guided tour by walk-in centre manager, Ping Bowman as well as a Q&A session with lead nurse consultant, Elaine Cockram, who said: "It's great for us to have clinicians from overseas coming to see and learn from the way we run things at our walk-in centre in Edgware. It was clear from their questions and comments that the NHS is a respected institution around the world and the idea of a walk-in centre that is run by specialist nurses was a new one to them". The students were accompanied by nursing coordinator Dr Cucchi, nursing tutor Dr Mercuri and Professor Mauro Barchiesi who said: "We wanted to see how healthcare is provided and managed in the community as we don't have walk-in centres in Italy. We were especially interested in how nurses can progress their careers as practitioners and as prescribers in the same way a doctor can, as this is not the case in Italy but is the main learning point for us to take away".