Edge Hill University announce major coup for 2019
Edge Hill University has announced that it will begin to offer an Access to Medicine course from 2019 and will start to train doctors from 2020. The news comes following an announcement by the Secretary of State for Health to establish a Medical School at the Ormskirk based University.
The new facility will open at the West Lancashire Campus, within the successful Faculty of Health and Social Care which is already one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England.
With 1,500 additional places required to train doctors in England, Edge Hill secured the funding following a highly competitive process.
The Medical School will be one of only three new free-standing medical schools in the country and will be the only one in the North West. This will allow the undergraduate programme to complement the University’s well-established postgraduate medical degrees.
The expansion opens the door for many more students to gain high-quality medical education and training. Undergraduate medical courses are currently heavily oversubscribed and this will open up new opportunities for many aspiring doctors and medical professionals.
The University first trained nurses over 50 years ago, and was one of the first to offer large-scale nursing at undergraduate degree level leading to professional registration. The Faculty’s suite of professional programmes includes all disciplines of nursing, midwifery, paramedic practice, operating department practice and social work at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University said: “For the past decade Edge Hill University has been providing postgraduate medical education and training for qualified doctors working in the NHS. I am absolutely delighted that this work has been recognised by the Department of Health, who have now decided to allocate undergraduate medical numbers to the University for the first time.
“The Edge Hill University Medical School represents an important and significant milestone in the development of a hugely successful university, and builds upon the outstanding work of the Faculty of Health and Social Care in the delivery of education and training for nurses, midwives, paramedics and operating department staff over many years. We are also determined that the Edge Hill University Medical School will be distinctive, with a strong focus on widening access, community medicine, general practice and psychiatry.”
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