Kent and Medway Medical School Approved

The Government and Health Education England (HEE) announced on 20 March that the joint bid by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University for funded places to establish a medical school has been successful.

It will be the county’s first ever medical school, bringing together the existing centres of excellence in health and medical education provided by the two universities and local healthcare organisations to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education.

The medical school will also be an essential part of the solution for recruiting and retaining medical professionals for the region.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Canterbury Christ Church University, and Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent said: ‘We are delighted that our joint bid for establishing the county’s first medical school has been successful.

‘Our ambition is to develop a school that will become a beacon for first class medical education and research, and the first choice for all those aspiring to achieve excellence in person-centred medical care in the UK. We remain confident that, by providing distinctive, socially diverse and insightful graduates, the Kent and Medway Medical School will enable, influence and drive changes within the clinical workforce to deliver high quality healthcare across the region.

‘We would also like to thank all those who supported our bid. Their support and encouragement has been invaluable, and we look forward to continuing a close working relationship as we move towards delivery of this important new development for the county and region.’

Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive of Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, commented: ‘We are delighted with this announcement. We have been clear that Kent and Medway have a big problem staffing NHS posts, and this is causing significant strain on health services. We have been fully in support of the bid from our two universities for a medical school. Having a medical school locally is known to provide an essential boost to recruitment and retention and we know this is vital, particularly in our coastal areas. We want people in Kent and Medway to seriously consider health and care as a career, and the universities will now be offering an extensive range of courses – including medicine – within our region.’

The bid for the Kent and Medway Medical School was submitted in November 2017. It was the culmination of over a year’s work by both institutions in response to the Government’s commitment to fund an additional 1500 medical places by 2020.

It received significant support from the region’s MPs, local councillors, NHS Trust chief executives and medical directors, as well as other health and education related organisations, all of whom expressed their backing for the bid.

It was also supported by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which will act as the ‘parent institution’ – one of the requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) as a new medical school is established.

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Invitation to European Symposium – Friday 2nd March 2018

Invitation to the European Symposium – Integrating Primary and Community Care: an international perspective


Book your place now – registration closes 28th February –  To register, please visit:


Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Canterbury Cathedral
The Precincts
Kent CT1 2EH
United Kingdom

Delegate Day Rate: £95.00
Includes buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day
To register, please visit:
For further information, please visit:
or email Helen Wooldridge



 9.00 –10.00 Registration, coffee and networking – Professor Sally Kendall
Chair, EFPC
10.00 –10.15 Welcome and Introduction
10.15 –11.15 Panel 1

Universal Health Coverage and Person-centeredness: are they compatible with strong primary care?

Professor Pavlos Theodorakis
WHO Primary Care Centre, Almaty

Integrating Primary and Community Care in England:challenges and debates

Professor Jenny Billings
Professor of Integrated Care
University of Kent

Universal Health and Mental Health Coveragefor All, the role of Primary Care in Europe

Professor Henk Parmentier
Vice President for Europe World
Federation for Mental Health

11.15–11.30 Questions to Panel
11.30 –12.15    Round table discussion with coffee
12.15 –12.45 Feedback to panel and plenary discussion
12.45 –13.45 Lunch
13.45 –14.45 Panel 2

Family Medicine and Primary Care at the Crossroadsof Societal Change

Professor Jan de Maeseneer
Emeritus Professor of Family
Medicine, University of Ghent

Primary Care and Vulnerable Populations: How can we improve the health of refugees in Europe?

Professor Kate O’Donnell
President, Society of Academic
Primary Care, University of Glasgow

New Models of Care: emerging evidence of change for primary care

Professor Stephen Peckham
Director, CHSS, University of Kent

14.45 –15.00 Questions to panel
15.00 –15.45 Round table discussion with tea
15.45 –16.15 Feedback to panel and plenary discussions
16.15 –16.30 Break
16.30 –17.00 Summary and close – Professor Sally Kendall
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Translational Health Symposium (08/01/2018)

The Translational Health Symposium was held on 8th January 2018 at the University of Kent at Canterbury.  To view the presenations go to:





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Kent and Medway Medical School Bid

Kent and Medway Medical School Update

Background to the application to HEFCE/HEE for medical school places from 2020/21

There are currently 6,000 funded medical school places in England each year and 29 medical schools but currently no medical schools in Kent and Medway. In 2016 the Secretary of State for Health announced an additional 1,500 medical school places to be made available – 500 through existing schools in 2018/19 and a further 1,000 to be awarded for 2018-21 for both existing and new schools.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England (HEE) are running the competition for these places. The first stage of this process required bidders to submit 20 page applications by Thursday 23 November. The applications are required to demonstrate how applicants can address the Government’s five priorities for awarding the places:

-Widening participation and improving access, so that the medical workforce is more representative of the population it serves

-Aligning expansion to local NHS workforce needs, with an emphasis on priority geographical areas, including rural and coastal areas

-Supporting general practice and other shortage specialties, so that the NHS can deliver services required to meet patient need

-Ensuring sufficient provision of high-quality training and clinical placements (with funding provided to HEFCE for the additional teaching costs and to HEE to support additional high-quality placements)

-Encouraging innovation and market liberalisation.
These will be reviewed and an expert panel will award places on a portfolio basis by 31 March 2018. Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent have submitted a bid to launch the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) in 2020 This is supported by Brighton & Sussex Medical School as its ‘parent partner’ institution, the leaders of Kent and Medway’s health economy and the county’s MPs.

2 The case for a medical school in Kent and Medway

Kent and Medway faces significant and well documented challenges in developing and maintaining its clinical workforce but currently has no medical school of its own. These challenges are compounded by a population that is ageing, growing, and is in places, particularly along the coast, among the most deprived in England.

-Increasing population: Kent and Medway’s population is predicted to grow by almost a quarter with 414,000 new people in 188,200 new homes by 2031

Aging population: growth in the number of over 65s is over four times greater than those under 65 and currently there are 12,000 people with dementia in Kent and Medway

-Areas of deprivation: Public Health England identifies that Kent and Medway has some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England, including the coastal local authorities of Thanet, Swale and Shepway

-Health and care workforce: there are extensive and lengthy vacancies in key positions within primary and secondary care resulting in a knock-on effect on the quality of care and public confidence.

Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent have a vision for a new medical school, which builds on their existing strengths in high quality clinical research and teaching. Based in the UNESCO world heritage city of Canterbury, KMMS will directly address the key challenges to the local health economy: playing a unique and transformative role for the patients and users of services while offering an excellent student experience.

Kent and Medway Medical School

3 What will the medical school offer?

KMMS will be a beacon for first class medical education and research, and the first choice for all those aspiring to
achieve excellence in person-centred medical care in the UK.
By providing a distinctive, socially diverse and insightful graduate supply chain, KMMS will enable, influence and
drive changes within the clinical workforce to deliver high quality healthcare and outcomes across Kent and
Medway. KMMS graduates will:

-Be recruited into roles within NHS providers across Kent and Medway, progressing through career transitions
and remaining in the locality

-Be equipped to deliver person-centred approaches to care, within multi-professional teams, which improve
patient experience

-Develop careers that address workforce shortages in priority areas

-Be collaborative, locally embedded and committed to enabling, leading and transforming health care

-Challenge system flaws, using and undertaking research to provide high quality, efficient and evidence based solutions specific to local needs which promote health, prevent deterioration and reduce the inequalities experienced within areas of deprivation.

4 Contact us

For further information on the creation of KMMS and to support our plan to create something transformative for
health and clinical education in Kent and Medway please contact Debra Teasdale, Dean of the Health &
Wellbeing Faculty, Canterbury Christ Church University
( or Dr Peter Nicholls,
Dean of KentHealth, University of Kent (

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Strategic Research Development Fund

Purpose of the Fund
The purpose of this fund, for which £10,000 has been set aside each year, is threefold:
1. To encourage the development of a collaborative research culture between the University and health practitioners within Kent.
2. To build the University’s capacity to respond to health-related research priorities of the Funding Councils and other external funders.
3. To foster collaborative research with non-University health-related research groups in Kent.

Applications are invited for research projects, which involve collaboration between a University academic and a health practitioner within the regional NHS, or other appropriate health-related external agency. Preference will be given to health organisations within the county of Kent. Examples for which it would be appropriate to seek funding might include, but are not limited to: hosting workshops, symposia or meetings that are intended to lead to the development of new partnerships or networks; establishing or significantly enhancing collaborative research developments; acquiring significant research resource; research staff visiting another institution or laboratory to foster collaboration, learn new techniques, or to use instruments/methodology not available in the applicant’s institution; and providing limited amounts of consumables for pilot studies.

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MSc Physician Associate Studies

Our MSc in Physician Associate Studies is delivered within the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences at the Medway campus where students have the added benefit of training in a specialist facility with qualified medical practitioners engaged in postgraduate education and research.

You will spend a significant portion of the first year in the simulation suite learning hands on skills. The simulation suite is equipped with mock wards as well as a surgical suite with anesthesia and laparoscopic equipment. Highly sophisticated human simulation models will be used in the teaching of hands on skills to prepare you for your second year clinical based modules.

The Physician Associate role was introduced in the UK in 2003. Physician Associates are now recognised as skilled and valued members of the health care profession. The newly qualified Physician Associate post has been evaluated under the NHS Agenda for change at Band 7 with potential to advance to Band 8 with experience and advanced education.

Physician Associates can perform medical history and physical examinations, screen and interpret results of diagnostic studies, diagnose patients, implement treatment plans, counsel patients regarding illness and preventative medicine and facilitate access to appropriate health care resources.

As with many types of medical providers, duties of a Physician Associate will depend on the medical setting where they work, their level of experience, their specialty and their supervising physician.

Physician Associates may provide care to individuals across the age spectrum in a variety of healthcare settings. More information on the Physician Associate profession and salary may be found on the Royal College of Physicians Physician Associate Faculty web page.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at people interested in pursuing a healthcare career in a primary care setting or almost any medical specialty.

It is designed for people with a strong science background. Please see more details under ‘Further entry requirements’.

For more information please visit the Canterbury Christ Church University web pages:

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REGIONAL RENAL CONFERENCE – Wednesday 30th August 2017

Book your free place to the 35th Anniversary Meeting of the South, West and East Kidney Society (SWEKS)

Wednesday 30th August 2017, 14:00 – 16:00, University of Kent, Woolf Lecture Theatre

The programme will be as follows:

13:30 Registration and Refreshments

14:00 Plenary Lectures

  • Hippocrates to Montgomery: Disclosure and Understanding in Consent? Dr. Michael Delaney MD FRCP LLM
  • Improving deceased donor Kidney Utilisation: a double edged sword? Mr. Chris Callaghan PhD FRCS
  • Capacity and consent issues for extended donor criteria potential recipients Dr. Martin Mansell MD FRCP LLM
  • Organ donation following euthanasia, the Dutch initiative Prof. Joost Schudel MD PhD



University of Kent

Woolf Lecture Theatre

University of Kent



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Would you like to develop your clinical career?
Do you have a good first degree in biosciences, pharmacy or similar?

Physician Associates are skilled members of the health care team who are qualified to provide a wide range of medical services in practice with a licensed physician.

Key facts:
A two-year programme leading to registration as a Physician Associate as required by the NHS.
Taught by practicing professionals and academics in specialist facilities at Medway
Bursaries and scholarships available

Find out more

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Treatment can offer hope for relief of Parkinson’s symptoms

A non-invasive, home-based procedure to stimulate the inner ear and brain functions that control balance and eye movement can offer hope for the relief of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms.

Research carried out by the University and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust involving a patient with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) provided evidence of behavioural improvement across some of the disease’s most common and debilitating symptoms.

Now the researchers, led by Dr David Wilkinson, of the School of Psychology, and Dr Mohamed Sakel, director of East Kent Neuro-Rehabilitation Service, are testing if the beneficial effects of the new treatment which involves non-invasive, thermal stimulation of the balance organs are evident in a larger group.

For more details, please go to the Kent News Centre.

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How Exercise and Body Temperature Influence the Gut

The paper, entitled “Zinc carnosine works with bovine colostrum in truncating heavy exercise–induced increase in gut permeability in healthy volunteers”, is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is a prestigious journal; according to their website the “AJCN was selected by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) as one of the top 100 most influential journals in Biology and Medicine over the last 100 years”.

Dr Glen Davison had this to say:
The findings from this study are important because they provide information on how exercise and increases in body temperature influence the gut. We used a human trial that assessed gut permeability in vivo as this allows us to see effects that are real-to-life and have practical implications for athletes or other people who may be exposed to such stressors. The nutritional supplements used provide potential practical countermeasures for those who suffer from gut issues during strenuous exercise but also provide us with useful information on the likely mechanisms and causes.

We also used a variety of advanced in vitro measures (e.g. where cell cultures were studied in conditions designed to mimic those in the body during the exercise) which allowed us to gain more insight into the molecular processes and mechanisms that explain these effects. This provides useful information that helps us to understand (and potentially treat) such issues in athletes (which could help to optimise their performance), but more generally may also help us to understand how the gut responds to other insults or stressors (such as illness or chronic medical conditions affecting the gut) and help us understand and optimise treatment.”

According to the study, ‘Leaky gut’ is a condition where the thin mucosal barrier of the gut, which plays a role in absorbing nutrients and preventing large molecules and germs from the gut entering the blood stream, becomes less effective. It is a particular problem for those taking part in heavy exercise or who are active in hot conditions. It can lead to ‘heat stroke’ (especially in military personnel deployed to countries with high temperatures) and gut symptoms in athletes.

The study involved a collaboration between researchers from the University of Kent, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Leicester and Aberystwyth University.It was found that the exercise (running on a treadmill) caused a number of physiological responses, including an 2-3-fold increase in gut ‘leakiness’ (intestinal permeability) and an increase in body temperature, which may well have been a contributing factor in causing the increased leakiness of the gut.

The study also showed that zinc carnosine improved the performance of the mucosal barrier of the gut, and that this improvement was enhanced when supplemented with bovine colostrum. Bovine colostrum has been studies a lot in the past but this is the first study to examine the effects of zinc carnosine in such a context. Zinc carnosine is readily available from health food suppliers and the research team concluded that zinc carnosine taken alone or with bovine colostrum may have value for those affected by ‘leaky gut’.

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