Kent & Medway Medical School Update

In June 2018 Dr Peter Nicholls, Dean of KentHealth at the University of Kent gave a presentation update about the new Kent & Medway Medical School. To listen to the presentation please click on the link below:



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Oncology Meeting of Kent Researchers and Clinicians – Tuesday 24th July 2018

The aim of this meeting is to bring together clinicians and researchers from across Kent to discuss both cancer research and treatment.

When: Tuesday 24th July 2018, 6pm
Where: Stacey Lecture Theatre 1 (SLT1)
School of Biosciences, Stacey Building
University of Kent, CT2 7NJ

6.00pm: Refreshments, Howard Rogers Room, Stacey Building
6.30pm: Short talks from cancer clinicians and researchers in Kent:

Andrew Nordin (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust)
Karina Cox (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust)
3rd Clinical Speaker TBC
Tim Fenton, Martin Michaelis and Chris Toseland,
(School of Biosciences, University of Kent)
8.10pm: Discussion
8.30pm: Refreshments, Howard Rogers Room, followed by a tour of the labs.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to:

Hosted by: Michelle D. Garrett (School of Biosciences, University of Kent)
Tim Doulton (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust)
Peter Nicholls (KentHealth, University of Kent)

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Parkinson’s Disease Conference – University of Kent – Tuesday 12th June 2018

Join the Parkinson’s UK Canterbury & District Branch at this free research conference in the University of Kent.

  • Tuesday 12th June 2018, 5.30pm, University of Kent Canterbury Campus
  • Address: Sibson Building, Park Wood Road University of Kent Canterbury CT2 7FS
Hear about and discuss research, treatments and therapies for Parkinson’s with top researchers and practitioners.The event will start with refreshments in the foyer, followed by 2 speaking sessions with refreshments inbetween.

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and the speakers will join us in the foyer for refreshments and further discussion.

Session 1 (6pm)

  • Prof Peter Jenner (Kings College London), ‘New ideas about Parkinson’s and its treatment’.
  • Claire Bale (Parkinson’s UK), ‘Research supported by Parkinson’s UK’.
  • Dr Neil Munro (East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust), ‘Sleep difficulties in patients with Parkinson’s’.
  • Refreshments in the foyer (approx. 7.10pm to 7.50pm).

Session 2 (7.50pm)

  • Prof David Wilkinson (University of Kent), ‘Stimulation of the inner ear to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s’.
  • Trish Vella-Burrows (Christ Church University), ‘Sing to Beat Parkinson’s: a pleasant recreation or scientific treatment?’.
  • Helen Madzokere and Michal Widyma (physiotherapists working with Parkinson’s patients in Canterbury), ‘Exercise and Parkinson’s: how much and how strenuous should it be?’.

How do I attend?

This event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance.

Book your place here.

Get in touch

For more information on the event or venue please contact Beatrice Shire, Chair of Parkinson’s UK Canterbury & District Branch:

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The Changing Face of Medicine Presentation- Monday 18th June 2018

The Changing Face of Medicine at the Sun Pier Café on the evening of Monday 18th June 2018


Professor Treasure is currently Honorary Professor of the Clinical Operations Research Unit at University College, London and has chaired, participated and advised numerous initiatives and organisations and was a Director of the British Heart Foundation between 1996 and 2001.

He has wide ranging interests in medicine in general and surgery in particular and, after more than two decades as a world-renowned expert cardiac surgery, broadened his scope to cover both heart and lungs.

His fascination with the history of medicine led him to rescue documents from parts of

Guys Hospital which were scheduled for demolition in the course of its refurbishment in the 1990s. Among these were meticulously-kept records belonging to ‘The Heart Club’ a group of surgeons at Guys who pioneered heart surgery in 1940’s Britain. Inspired by this he wrote a book of the same name which detailed the bravery of surgeons who dared to challenge and overturn centuries of dogma using the evidence of treating injured WW2 service personnel to do so.

This enthusiasm for medicine’s past, present and future will be foremost in his presentation on The Changing Face of Medicine at the Sun Pier Café on the evening of Monday 18th June 7-9pm.



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Kent Cancer Trust Lecture – The NHS at 70

A public lecture by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director NHS England.

Location: Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8AE

7pm (for a 7.30pm start)

A free of charge lecture, all are welcome to attend. Light refreshments provided and free parking.

Hosted by Kent Cancer Trust ‘ Making a difference to cancer care in Kent’.

For any enquires please contact Mary Buchanan: Chair, Kent Cancer Trust at


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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.

To read more on application criteria and the process, please visit



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