Five new medical schools to open under ‘biggest ever expansion’ of medical training

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Five new medical schools will launch across in England in September as part of the government’s ‘biggest ever expansion’ of the NHS medical workforce, the DHSC has announced.

The new medical schools will open in Sunderland, Lancashire, Canterbury, Lincoln and Chelmsford. They have been ‘chosen as part of a rigorous bidding process to help place more medical students in areas which traditionally struggle to attract doctors, particularly rural and coastal areas,’ the DHSC said.

As part of the plans to increase the medical workforce the government is also funding 100 additional places at Aston University’s medical school in Birmingham. Twenty further medical schools will also have additional student places funded.

The DHSC said that by 2020 there will be an extra 1,500 doctors in training. Some 630 of these places will be available from September, taking the total number of medical students for 2018/19 to 6,701, which the DHSC said was the highest on record.

The five new medical schools will be based at:

  • University of Sunderland
  • Edge Hill University in Lancashire
  • Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford
  • Lincoln – The University of Nottingham in partnership with the University of Lincoln
  • Canterbury – Joint medical school between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce; which will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over 75s in ten years’ time.

‘These schools are being set up in parts of the country where it is can be hard to recruit and attract new doctors – but will benefit doctors everywhere as we start to eliminate the rota gaps that add so much pressure to their work.’