Our bid was backed unreservedly by our NHS partners and clinicians and we are also working closely with the City Council to provide an environment and a range of new amenities to retain young doctors in the region to halt the disappointing drift south of many newly qualified medics.”
Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and to widen access to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East. Focusing on GP and Psychiatric training, the new programme will complement existing medical provision in the region and add to the diversity of medical schools in the UK.
The University of Sunderland experience is different from most UK medical schools. We have a relatively small student intake, a city-centre campus by the sea and a supportive community with enthusiastic and committed staff. We have an excellent track record of attracting and supporting students from the least advantaged socio-economic groups. The University of Sunderland has been providing higher education since 1901 – including science and areas related to medicine – and we continue to be at the forefront of teaching, learning and research.
The University of Sunderland is working in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine to implement our new medical curriculum. Keele University School of Medicine has successfully been delivering the MBChB honours degree for 15 years. They were ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017 for Medicine and have been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, ranking them alongside many prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Queen Mary’s College, London.
“This development will build upon Sunderland’s proven success in medical sciences and nursing education and will help address the medical inequalities in the North East. I am not surprised that the University was successful, it was an outstanding bid and Sunderland will also widen the social profile of medical school entrants.”
Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trusts
“Our specialisms will address the well-publicised need for more GPs and Psychiatric specialists. This will complement existing provision in the region. Our programme will incorporate multi-professional learning and extensive exposure to real-life clinical settings and through our own simulation suites located at our own state-of-the-art Living Lab.”
Professor Scott Wilkes, Head of School of Medicine and Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at Sunderland
“This is an exciting development for our University and the region. Recruiting local students who will eventually practice in their own neighbourhoods is good for improving health and wellbeing in hard to reach communities. I am immensely proud of the teams within the University who have brought this ambition to fruition, and very grateful to the many health commissioners, practitioners and clinicians across the region who supported our bid.”
John Mowbray, Chair of the University’s Board of Governors