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Hull York Medical School to train 90 more doctors a year from 2019

Posted on 20 March 2018

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) has been awarded an additional 90 places on its degree programmes as part of the Department of Health’s initiative to expand the number of medical school places in England.


HYMS was established in 2003 to help address a shortage of doctors

The expansion of undergraduate medical education at HYMS represents a 69 per cent increase in places, from 130 places in 2017 to 220 in 2019.

The announcement is in direct response to a growing shortage of doctors within the UK, particularly in the areas of psychiatry and general practice, and the government’s commitment to increase the number of medical school places available by 1,500 by 2020.

Professor Una Macleod, Dean of the Hull York Medical School, said: “HYMS 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 high-standards of care to people within our region and beyond.”

Research and recruitment

As part of the expansion, the School will significantly grow its Academy of Primary Care to stimulate research and help with GP recruitment, as well as increase the number of students it recruits locally and launch new social mobility initiatives to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider a career in medicine.

It will also invest in clinical academics in specialities of importance to the local NHS and build critical mass in research areas such as primary care, mental health, and biomedical research.

Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, said: “The expansion of the School will help us to produce more doctors who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to respond to challenges within healthcare and to transform patient care.

“Through our strong relationships with our NHS partners we are able translate significant research and teaching into real benefits for society – improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for large numbers of patients.”

Close partnership

Hull York Medical School is the joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York and works in close partnership with local NHS Trusts and community healthcare providers to ensure the School remains responsive to workforce needs across services in North Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire and Goole.

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, said: “We are committed to improving the health of people in the region and are extremely proud of the vital contribution that our staff and graduates within the medical school make. Expansion will enable us to extend our impact through the delivery of pioneering teaching and research.”

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