A new medical school for Kent and Medway

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A new medical school for Kent and Medway

Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent in partnership


Our shared vision is to create a new medical school for Kent and Medway that becomes a beacon for first-class medical education and research.

Future talent

The new teaching and research centre will attract the most talented aspiring doctors from within the local community and beyond, offering training and development opportunities that will help to keep that talent in Kent.

It will be the first choice for medical students aiming to work within collaborative multi-professional teams to achieve excellence in person-centred medical care in the UK.

Our contribution

The new medical school will contribute to:

  • recruiting the best medical talent to Kent and Medway
  • retaining skilled medical professionals within the region’s healthcare system
  • seeking innovative solutions to improve healthcare in the region
  • collaborating with local education networks to inspire new entrants to the medical profession.

By harnessing the expertise within Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, we will establish Kent and Medway’s first-ever medical school and help ease the current recruitment challenges faced by our region’s healthcare providers.

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Quote Glenn Douglas

Having a medical school locally is known to provide an essential boost to recruitment and retention and we know this is vital, particularly in our coastal areas.

Glenn Douglas Chief Executive of the health and social care sustainability and transformation partnership for Kent and Medway

Our offer

The universities' new medical school will offer:

  • a model that starts in the community and primary care with early clinical placements within Community Education Provider Networks – covering GP surgeries, pharmacies and local care centres – from year one
  • 100 undergraduate places annually in a centre for first-class medical education and research to support future workforce planning in the region
  • collaborative teams that are embedded within local NHS providers and are committed to leading and transforming healthcare delivery
  • high-quality research to find evidence-based solutions to promote health, address local challenges and reduce inequalities in provision across the county.
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