Professor Scott Wilkes, a Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at the
University of Sunderland – and part-time GP – is to head the institution’s School of Medicine, overseeing its teaching, research and engagement with NHS partners.
Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools to be announced in the UK, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England, and to widen access in a bid to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves.
“As the first in his family to go to university, Scott is an excellent advocate for our widening participation approach.”
The University has delivered clinical education for almost 100 years, in fields I including pharmacy, nursing, paramedic practice and biomedical science. Trainee doctors will specialise as they choose, though it is anticipated a large proportion will graduate into General Practice or Psychiatry, complementing existing medical provision in the region.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Michael Young, said: “Scott’s impressive achievements over his 30-plus year career made him the ideal candidate to lead our School of Medicine and deliver outstanding teaching and research. As the first in his family to go to university, Scott is an excellent advocate for our widening participation approach, which is to attract students with the right skills – who had not previously considered studying medicine – to become doctors.”