More doctors receive training at Pennine Acute NHS Trust as it forges closer links with University of Manchester Medical School as Teaching Hospital Trust

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More doctors receive training at Pennine Acute NHS Trust as it forges closer links with University of Manchester Medical School as Teaching Hospital Trust
24 May 2016

A NEW improved partnership forged between the University of Manchester Medical School and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust means the Trust is now due to teach even more doctors as a Teaching Hospital Trust.

The Trust has a long history of teaching undergraduate medical students on placement from the University of Manchester Medical School, providing high quality teaching and training for the doctors of the future.

This exciting development will bring more student doctors to the Trust and result in a much more stable undergraduate student population. These students will work alongside the 400 Consultants the Trust already employs, gaining vital clinical and educational experience across a wide range of the Trust’s hospital and community services.

The new partnership with the university will bring improved staff recruitment and retention, reputation and future opportunities to the Trust.

The partnership is the result of five years of continued development of both the provision and quality of undergraduate medical education provided by the Trust.

The quality of both undergraduate medical and dental education at the Trust has improved considerably over that time. A new undergraduate staffing structure has been introduced along with improved quality assurance processes and better student feedback.

The Trust has seen more requests for undergraduate medical student placements over the last five years.

In the three academic years from August 2016, it is anticipated the Trust will move from providing an average of 2,000 student weeks per year to around 3,200 student weeks per year.

Professor Tony Freemont, Head of the Medical School at the University of Manchester, said:

“The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has provided medical undergraduate educational opportunities for many years. The new relationship will build upon and develop the Trust’s working relationship with the Manchester Medical School and the wider University. To tap further into the resources of one of the UK’s largest NHS Trusts means we will be further enabled to continue to offer the highest level of education to our students and maintain our record for graduating some of the country’s most prepared young doctors.”

Dr Iain Lawrie, Director of Medical and Dental Education (Undergraduate) at the Trust said:

“The Trust has been working towards this development for several years due to its outstanding provision of undergraduate medical education and experience. It is a fantastic achievement for all those nurses, doctors, midwives, associate health professionals and other staff who consistently help contribute to an exceptional student experience at the Trust.”

Sharon Taylor, Head of Medical Business and Professional Support at the Trust said:

“I am proud that the hard work and commitment of our team, both medical and non medical, has been recognised and we have been given this exciting opportunity to expand and develop our existing partnership, to provide high quality placements for our doctors of the future.”

Professor Matthew Makin, Medical Director at the Trust said:

“This partnership and strong relationship we have with the University of Manchester Medical School reflects the hard work all our staff do in providing an excellent learning environment for students. We look forward to welcoming, and supporting the increased number of Medical Students to the Trust.”    

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest non-university Teaching Hospital Trusts in the country, serving a population of around 820,000, with four hospitals, North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and community services.

Pictured: Dr Iain Lawrie, Director of Medical and Dental Education (Undergraduate) at the Trust