We are working with local healthcare providers and a variety of stakeholders, to establish a School of Medicine on our Chelmsford campus.
The Essex health economy is experiencing significant workforce challenges that require innovative solutions.
Our region has particular issues around primary care, with an ageing GP workforce and – more generally – we face under-recruitment and poor retention in a number of specialties.
Anglia Ruskin University, in collaboration with our healthcare partners, has been developing this exciting project for the last two years. We commenced the General Medical Council (GMC) approval process in January 2016. If we progress to plan, then subject to GMC approval, we hope to have our first intake of students, subject to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) places, in September 2018. The consultation plan for the allocation of HEFCE numbers opened on 14 March 2017.
We welcome the announcement from the Government of 1,500 extra places for medical students. We will be looking to secure a proportion of those places for the new School of Medicine in Chelmsford, and we aspire to recruit intelligent and motivated students from the region to 50% of the places.
We have already started the development plans for a new £20million building on our Chelmsford campus which will include state-of-the-art skills facilities, specialist teaching space, lecture theatre, and a cadaveric anatomy suite. This facility will complement our existing skills facilities and our brand new £3.4million SuperLab.