CHSS Director: KM Medical School news 'fantastic'
27 March 2018
‘The new Medical School will strengthen the clinical teaching and research partnerships that already exist between CHSS and local NHS and other health care organisations. The Centre looks forward to developing new areas of research and contributing to this exciting new development’.
– Professor of Health Policy, Stephen Peckham, CHSS Director
Stephen Peckham has welcomed the outcome of the joint bid by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University for a new Medical School as ‘fantastic news for Kent and Medway‘!
Last week, University of Kent Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox announced that the bid for 100 funded places to establish a Medical School had been successful. This will be the county's first ever medical school, bringing together existing centres of excellence in health and medical education provided by the two universities, and local healthcare organisations, to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education.
The new school will form a fundamental part of a strategy to address the region’s long-standing problems of recruiting and retaining medical professionals. The bid was the culmination of over a year's work by both institutions after the Government's commitment to fund 1500 medical new places by 2020. MPs, local councillors, NHS Trust chief executives and medical directors were among those who supported the bid, as well as other health and education related organisations. Brighton and Sussex Medical School will act as the new school’s 'parent institution'.
The school will welcome its first students in 2020.