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A new School of Medicine in the planning stages at Surrey

The University of Surrey has submitted an application to the General Medical Council to host a School of Medicine that will lead the way in training doctors to deliver personalised medicine in a digital age. 

As the needs of the population change, people want and need comprehensive and integrated health and social care delivered at or near their homes. The NHS is changing in pace with this. The health workforce of today and tomorrow must develop a new approach to wellbeing that integrates mental and physical health in community settings, using new communication and digital technologies to improve patient care and patient safety. The new curriculum at Surrey aims to deliver an innovative, engaging and exciting programme to produce doctors fit for the future, willing and able to work in general practice and other shortage specialties. 

Life-changing medicine

To educate excellent, holistic doctors, who will lead and drive change and deliver caring, integrated and technologically advanced health care for their patients and communities.

The University of Surrey and Surrey Health Partners have been developing this project since 2015. Surrey and Hampshire have some of the best performing trusts and general practices in the country, with many great opportunities for medical students to learn cutting edge medical practice and leadership in medicine. We are submitting a bid for funding to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), and subject to GMC approval of our curriculum and other plans, we look forward to welcoming our first intake of students in September 2019.

Surrey students in the Simulation Centre

Our vision 

We will produce doctors who are evidence-guided clinicians showing caring, holistic and professional approaches to patients, with a clear focus on integrating mental and physical health and promoting health as well as diagnosing and managing illness.

We aspire to recruit across all sectors of society to develop doctors of the future through our active Widening Participation programme. Our focus will be in schools across the country, including areas with a shortage of doctors and where pupils do not traditionally go to medical school. We aim to support and mentor applicants identified by this route, who aspire to become students at our University.

Our curriculum plan puts patients at the heart of all our learning and teaching activity. The educational structure is based on patients, their experiences and their presentations. We will provide our doctors with the skills to work with patients on a one-to-one basis and in wider settings through community-based projects and placements from their very first term and throughout their five year programme. One third of our clinical placements will be in general practice or community settings.

At the heart of our vision is a ‘One Health’ approach, which began with the launch of our pioneering School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and the Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory earlier this year.  One Health is a concept that promotes the connection between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems. Here at Surrey, we have the power to deliver a truly integrated training programme for our medical students. Located within a multidisciplinary learning environment our medical students will have opportunities to work alongside students studying nutrition, biomedical sciences, nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, operating department practice and physician associate studies. It will produce caring, holistic and socially aware medical graduates.

Our capabilities in 5G technologyInnovation for Health, and unrivalled business links with world-leading companies provide a fertile environment to grow and nurture innovative doctors who understand the power of digital to transform health economics and patient experience and will be confident to be leaders of change in the digital age. From the first day of their Foundation Programme these doctors will be equipped to make digital change happen.

A research strategy, focused on leading health improvements in infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, and dementia, will enable us to train doctors within our existing research strengths. Our Clinical Research CentreClinical Trials Unit and renowned Sleep Centre will be core pillars in the delivery of this