Medical school to train 90 more doctors a year
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.
Of these places, 25 will be available for students choosing to study medicine from 2018 and 65 from 2019. This represents a 69% increase in places – from 130 home places available in 2017 to 220 in 2019.
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.