We are in the process of establishing a Medical School to serve the local area.

Two medical students pose for a photograph

In consultation with NHS Trusts, medical practitioners and other stakeholders we are developing a proposal for a Medical School to serve the Three Counties - Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

We have an excellent reputation for educating nurses, midwives, physician associates, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers with an interdisciplinary and inter professional approach. This has been achieved by close collaboration with the NHS and our graduates in these disciplines are highly regarded within the local healthcare community.

There is a national shortage of doctors, particularly general practitioners and specialists in mental health - at a time of increasing demand from an ageing population. This shortage is particularly acute in the Three Counties and especially in General Practice. The government has decided to fund an extra 1,000 places for medical students and we have decided to build on our existing strengths in health care education, and our links to the NHS, to establish a Medical School.

Medical student smiling while in lecture

Our vision

We aim to equip our doctors with the competencies to address the future patient and population needs of our region. Through our inter professional healthcare programme doctors will be prepared to take a key role in mixed healthcare teams.

Our modern curriculum will have a significant focus on primary intervention as well as acute care, equipping our graduates to work across the healthcare spectrum and especially in our region’s more rural settings.

A key part of our planning process is to identify the student placements in the NHS. Clinical experience will start very early in the course and build up progressively. Indeed much of the philosophy of our courses will be to consider the patient as the teacher and the tutor as the mentor and role model. Meaning a close working relationship between the University and the NHS is essential.

Project and timescales

At this stage we are not in a position to take applications from prospective students. Our Medical School courses have an anticipated start date of September 2020 or September 2021, depending on General Medical Council (GMC) approval and the allocation of HEFCE funded places.

We embarked upon the process to establish a Medical School early in 2017. Our partner for this process is the Swansea University Medical School which will support us through the GMC accreditation process. The GMC approval process is comprised of eight stages and we are at the early stages.

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