East of England to benefit from medical school alliance
Following the announcement from Health Education England (HEE) this week, bodies across the East of England havewelcomed the confirmation of the allocation of training places for Anglia Ruskin University’s School of Medicine to help create an alliance of institutions in the region.
The HEE also confirmed an expansion in the number of students at the University of East
Anglia as part of the allocation places across the country.
Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Executive Director of Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “The
University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia have excellent reputations for
delivering the highest quality of medical education. Countless young people have gone to
these institutions to develop their skills, hone their talents and learn new techniques. The
announcement made by Health Education England allows Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to
open a brand new medical school which will bring us up to three in the East of England.
These three institutions are committed to working as a close alliance, which will have
significant benefits for healthcare across the region.
“The potential of this collaboration is huge. It creates the opportunity for knowledge and
skills to be shared, with each organisation learning from each other to ensure the patient
benefits most of all. In the East of England, the foundations are coming together to provide
excellent healthcare through highly skilled staff, exciting new innovations and the revolution
of real time data. We therefore wholeheartedly support the three schools as they develop
their alliance and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Steve Feast, Managing Director of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, said: “We
are delighted to continue to provide support to this collaboration and welcome the new
places and school. In due course this will help us all is assuring the people in the East of
England are served by a rich and developing pipeline of doctors and other clinicians, expertly
trained and developed locally .”
Professor Patrick Maxwell, Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge,
said: “In the East of England, we have a proud heritage of producing incredibly talented
young people to benefit society and the country. A challenge has been that we have not had
the number of places in our medical schools that our population deserves.
“The confirmation of the funding from the Minister allows not just for the expansion of
Anglia Ruskin University's offer - it also provides an opportunity for the Schools of Medicine in the region to
work together to form an alliance. Working in partnership, the University of Cambridge,
Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East Anglia, can provide unrivalled options,
learning and prospects for those looking for a career in medicine. This is an exciting time and
as a group we will do all we can to deliver for the East of England.”
Prof. Alys Burns, MB BS Course Director at UEA Norwich Medical School, said: ”The
University of East Anglia fully endorse this collaborative statement. We are very proud of our
allocation of additional places and welcome the inclusion of Anglia Ruskin University to the
offer of medical student training in the East of England. We value the diversity that this
inclusive approach will bring and look forward to working closely in this alliance with the
University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University for the benefit of our patients and
healthcare provision in our region."
Dr Ruth Jackson, PVC, School of Medicine Development, Anglia Ruskin University, said: “We
already enjoy a close partnership with the University of Cambridge and the University of East
Anglia, and we are looking forward to strengthening this alliance to ensure the healthcare
needs of the region are met.
“Our new School of Medicine will help address a shortage of doctors in Essex and we aspire
to recruit students locally. This development is a real boost to the region’s health economy.”