We are in the process of establishing a Medical School to serve the local area.
About our Medical School
In consultation with our local NHS Trusts, medical practitioners and other stakeholders in the region we have submitted a proposal to the General Medical Council (GMC) for the establishment of the Three Counties Medical School to serve Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
We have an excellent reputation for educating nurses, midwives, physician associates, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers with an interdisciplinary and inter professional approach. This has been achieved by close collaboration with the NHS and our graduates in these disciplines are highly regarded within the local healthcare community.
There is a national shortage of doctors, particularly general practitioners and psychiatrists - at a time when an increasingly ageing population has diverse needs. This shortage is particularly acute in the area of the Three Counties. We have decided to build on our existing strengths in healthcare education, and our strong links with the NHS, to establish the Three Counties Medical School.
We aim that the course will equip our doctors with the competencies they require to address the changing patient and population needs of our rural region. Education and training will emphasise the need to become effective multi-disciplinary team members.
The teaching faculty will be largely drawn from practising doctors, clinical scientists and a range of other healthcare professionals. Our modern curriculum will have a significant focus on healthcare in the community and health promotion as well as acute care.
Our graduates will be able to choose to go on to work in any specialty, to become the researchers, teachers and leaders of the future. Clinical experience will start very early in the course and build up progressively. Indeed much of the philosophy of our course will be to consider the patient as the teacher and the tutor as the mentor and role model.
The Three Counties Medical School will be a true partnership between the University of Worcester and the NHS Trusts in the region. We will maintain the traditional university academic purpose of a rigorous search for truth by enquiry, questioning, and searching for evidence. We will combine this with the strength of purpose of our NHS partners in responding to people in need.
At this stage we are not in a position to take applications from prospective students. Our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme has an anticipated start date of September 2021, depending on General Medical Council (GMC) approval. We will publish further details here as they become available.