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New medical school to address staff shortages in the NHS

 

Medical school students examining a specimen with a lecturer

A new medical school is to be established in an exciting collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the University of Lincoln to offer first-class medical education in Lincolnshire.

The announcement follows a successful bid for funding to the Higher Education Funding Council England and Health Education England last year after the Government invited bids from new or existing medical schools for allocation of an extra 1,000 new undergraduate medical education places in England. The expansion of undergraduate medical training is part of a plan to increase the number of UK-trained doctors to ease staffing shortages in the NHS.

Addressing doctor shortages

As the second largest county in England, with a rural and ageing population, Lincolnshire has traditionally struggled to recruit and retain doctors and other healthcare professionals. The shortage of doctors in the past year at the county’s hospitals and GP surgeries has been described as critical by health bosses, especially during winter months.

When it is at full capacity in a few years’ time, the new University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School will deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students in the historic city of Lincoln. Students will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree at the University of Lincoln site, with clinical placements taking place at hospitals, GP surgeries and healthcare units in the county. Prospective medical students will be able to apply for the course at Lincoln from September 2018 for entry in September 2019. It’s hoped the new medical school will address future projected shortages of doctors by offering first-class training that will encourage graduates to complete their junior doctor training locally and apply for jobs in the region.

Supporting communities in need

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, Professor John Atherton said: “We are very pleased and excited to announce this historic collaboration between two leading providers of education in the healthcare sector. We have been training doctors at Nottingham for almost 50 years and as a result standards of healthcare in the East Midlands have risen dramatically in that time. Our popular and pioneering medical degree is delivered by teachers who are also hands-on clinicians and often world-leading clinical researchers in their field.”

The new medical school is part of a wider initiative to increase the overall number of medical school places in England, with new medical schools opening by 2020 at Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Sunderland, Edge Hill University and another collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Madeline Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “This significant expansion opens the door for many more students, including students from underrepresented groups, to gain high-quality medical education and training.

“Universities and colleges across the country play a vital role in supporting their local and regional communities. This initiative will provide highly skilled professionals, many of whom will go on to serve communities in areas of greatest need.”

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018

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