New medical school for Lincolnshire to boost local healthcare

March 20th, 2018

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

The new University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School is to go ahead following a successful joint bid for funding to the Higher Education Funding Council England and Health Education England last year. The Government had invited bids from new or existing medical schools for allocation of an extra 1,000 new undergraduate medical education places in England.

Students at the University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School will study for a University of Nottingham BMBS medical degree at the University of Lincoln. 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.

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. The universities of Nottingham and Lincoln have secured funding for an initial 80 first year undergraduate places in September 2019 with a further 80 per intake in subsequent years. When it is at full capacity in a few years’ time, the school will deliver medical training to around 400 undergraduate students in Lincoln.

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.”

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Science at the University of Lincoln, Professor Libby John, said: “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. The Medical School will make a huge difference to the people of Lincolnshire who will benefit from the establishment of this hub of medical expertise. It will be underpinned by the University of Lincoln’s outstanding infrastructure, research and employer partnerships.”

Jan Sobieraj, Chief Executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted a Lincolnshire medical school has been announced. This is fantastic news for the University, the NHS and our patients. I like to say well done to the universities for all their hard work in making this happen. Lincolnshire has a severe shortage of doctors in a range of specialities, and ULHT is greatly affected by this. We believe a local medical school will help us in the longer-term with recruiting doctors and keeping them in county, as people tend to stay in the areas where they train.”

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.

Both universities have a strong commitment to widening participation to a career in medicine and have additionally established a 6-year degree with a Foundation year, designed to widen participation in medicine, which will also be available to applicants from non-traditional backgrounds.

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