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Medical Partnership to Encourage Local Talent

Apr 10 2018 Read 248 Times

Following a successful joint bid for more funding to increase medical school places, the University of Nottingham and the University of Lincoln have announced a collaboration to establish the new University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School, which when at full capacity will deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students in the historic city of Lincoln. Initial funding will provide 80 first year undergraduate places in September 2019 with a further 80% intake in subsequent years.

Students will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree at the Lincoln site on the Brayford Pool. Clinical placements will take place at hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare units in the county in collaboration with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor John Atherton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham 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.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science at the University of Lincoln, Professor Libby John, said: “The University of Lincoln has been working for some time with our local health community to develop a medical school for Lincolnshire. We are delighted we can announce that, with our partners the University of Nottingham, we are achieving that ambition.

“We want to encourage students in local schools to think about studying medicine here with us. In the longer term this will develop a pool of high-quality medical experts within the Lincolnshire community,” she added.

Efforts to fill vacancies in rural areas in recent years have included recruitment from abroad and the retraining of doctors from overseas who arrived in the UK as refugees. It is hoped the new Medical School in Lincoln 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. Prospective medical students will be able to apply through UCAS for the 5-year University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree at Lincoln from September 2018 for entry in September 2019.

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