Following the Department of Health initiative to expand the number of medical school places in England, Hull York Medical School has been awarded an additional 90 places. This success is a brilliant outcome for the school as it means that of these places, 25 will be available for students choosing to study medicine from 2018 and and a further 65 from 2019. Expanding Hull York Medical School means only positive things for Yorkshire medical care.
The expansion of undergraduate medical education is in direct response to a growing shortage of doctors within the UK, particularly in the areas of psychiatry and general practice, and follows an announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2017 to increase the number of medical school places available by 1500 by 2020.
Professor Una Macleod, Dean, Hull York Medical School is delighted with the outcome. She said: “Hull York Medical School was established in 2003 in response to the need to address the acute shortage of doctors, particularly GPs, within the Yorkshire region. Although a young school our impact is already being felt, with our first graduates now working as GPs and consultants within the region. Expansion will enable us to build on this success – training more doctors who are equipped to respond to challenges within the healthcare sector and to deliver brilliant care to people within our region and beyond.”
Hull York Medical School is the joint medical school of the universities of Hull and York. When the School was established its vision was clear – to offer a nationally leading and internationally known medical education that produces excellent doctors equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to challenges within healthcare and to transform patient care. Since then it has worked in close partnership with local NHS Trusts and community healthcare providers to ensure it remained abreast of local and national workforce needs – training doctors in hospitals, primary care and community settings across North Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire and Goole.
Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, said: “The expansion of the School will help us to produce more doctors who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to challenges within healthcare and to transform patient care.
“Through our strong relationships with our NHS partners we are able translate significant research and teaching into real benefits for society – improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for large numbers of patients.”
For Hull York Medical School this expansion of undergraduate medical places is a significant milestone in its history. As part of the expansion, the School will significantly grow its Academy of Primary Care to stimulate research; help with GP recruitment; increase the number of students it recruits locally and launch new social mobility initiatives to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider a career in medicine; invest in clinical academics in acute specialities of importance to the local NHS; and build critical mass in research areas such as primary care, mental health, and biomedical research. But ultimately expansion will enable the School to produce more doctors who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to challenges within healthcare and to transform patient care – within this region and beyond.