Essex heads join School of Medicine discussion

Published: 1 February 2017 at 11:40

Artist's impression of the School of Medicine building

Breakfast meeting outlines plans to school leaders across the county

ESSEX headteachers gathered at Anglia Ruskin University to hear how they can help supply the next generation of doctors for the county.

Anglia Ruskin is planning to open its School of Medicine, the county’s first undergraduate medical school, to students in September 2018 subject to General Medical Council approval. Heads from across the county attended a breakfast event at the Chelmsford campus to hear more details about how their pupils can help fill the gaps in the county’s health provision in years to come.

Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, outlined the School of Medicine proposal before a speech by Professor Tony Young, an Anglia Ruskin Visiting Professor and NHS England’s Clinical Director for Innovation, about the role technology will play in the future of healthcare.

Dr Ruth Jackson, Pro Vice Chancellor for the School of Medicine development, then spoke about the proposed curriculum for the undergraduate Medicine course. It is hoped that between 100 and 120 places will be available for students.

Headteachers were then invited to ask questions, with discussion ranging from admission requirements to work experience provision.

Anglia Ruskin aspires to recruit at least half of the students for the course locally, providing opportunities for the region’s most promising students.

Speaking during the event, Professor Martin said: 

“What we want to do above all else is bring into our School of Medicine a cohort of students and put them into a programme that will equip them for what will inevitably be a rapidly changing health service. We also want to have a programme that is strongly linked to our regional geography.”

“We want to bring in a minimum of 50 per cent of students from the region into our programme. We know if we do that, there is a greater chance that these students will stay in practice in this region.”