Worcester medical school gets green light

Three Counties Medical School, based at the University of Worcester, will enrol its first graduate-level students in time for September 2022

A new medical school at the University of Worcester has received approval following a more-than-four-year partnership with the Swansea University Medical School.

The Three Counties Medical School is England’s 26th medical school – the last to open, in 2015, was at the University of Central Lancashire.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has certified the graduate-level course provider in the West Midlands, which will recruit its first medical students for entry in September 2022.

Prof David Green, the University of Worcester’s vice-chancellor and chief executive, said: “We have been working to create the foundations for a medical school to serve the region for over four years now. The team have done a wonderful job as have our contingent partner Swansea University Medical School.

“The General Medical Council quite rightly scrutinise the training of medical doctors with laser precision. We are delighted that we have passed their tests and may now proceed to select and admit the first cohort of students.”

Prof Green expressed his hope that Worcester could help eliminate shortages of doctors in the UK – felt most acutely in rural areas like Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, which the new school expressly serves.

Founding dean of the new school, Prof Sandra Nicholson, is a GP, national chair of the Association for the Study of Medical Education and head of the Centre for Medical Education at Barts and the London School of Dentistry and Medicine.

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