The Government and Health Education England (HEE) announced that the joint bid by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University for funded places to establish a medical school has been successful.
It will be the county’s first ever medical school, bringing together the 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 medical school will also be an essential part of the solution for recruiting and retaining medical professionals for the region.
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University, and Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent said: “We are delighted that our joint bid for establishing the county’s first medical school has been successful.
New Medical School - Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent
The bid for the Kent and Medway Medical School was submitted in November 2017. It was the culmination of over a year’s work by both institutions in response to the Government’s commitment to fund an additional 1500 medical places by 2020.
It received significant support from the region’s MPs, local councillors, NHS Trust chief executives and medical directors, as well as other health and education related organisations, all of whom expressed their backing for the bid.
It was also supported by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which will act as the ‘parent institution’ - one of the requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) as a new medical school is established.