Derby Med School hosts national political leaders


June 11th, 2024

The University of Nottingham School of Medicine in Derby hosted Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting and Catherine Atkinson, one of the candidates hoping to represent Derby North in Parliament after next month’s General Election.

The pair saw state-of-the-art facilities including the Anatomy Lab, renowned for its advanced technology and educational resources.

The Lab is a crucial component of our curriculum, offering students hands-on experience that prepares them for their future careers.

Wes and Catherine also met members of our vibrant UoN community, including students, researchers and even a research participant.

Medical students and staff took the opportunity to pose tough and insightful questions, grilling the politicians on the future of the NHS, social care and pensions, among other things.

The visit also emphasised the importance of our research in impacting the lives of those around us. After a visit to our world-leading Mass Spectrometry and teaching laboratories, Wes and Catherine were introduced to a patient involved in ground-breaking prehabilitation research, which aims to improve surgical outcomes by optimising patients’ health before surgery.

The visit successfully demonstrated the real-world benefits of UoN research efforts.

Dean and Head of the School of Medicine, Claire Stewart said: “As always, the team at Derby – both staff and students – did a great job highlighting our commitment to excellence in healthcare education and research.

“We take every opportunity to share our work and insights with national leaders in health policy and to make our voice heard on behalf of our community.”

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