The Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences brings together for the first time at UCLan, three key clinical training programmes under the stewardship of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. This has been enabled by a University commitment to provide purpose-built facilities that are amongst the most modern and high-tech in Europe but also a collaborative academic commitment to enable our students in all three areas, to train and learn together, ensuring our graduates emerge into the workplace as leaders in integrated and inter-professional clinical practice.
UCLan has demonstrated over the past 10 years its ambition to develop high quality clinical training programmes.
The first of these was the Master's in Pharmacy (MPharm Hons) accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Recruiting up to 120 students per year, the programme ensures the students receive a contemporary education and training, facilitating their success in the professional arena, where they are renowned for their ability to perform at a high standard.
The Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) began in 2007 after accreditation by the General Dental Council (GDC) and remains the only surviving English graduate-only entry programme. It has attracted highly complimentary reports from the GDC and has now produced over 120 new dentists. It is one of very few UK programmes whose graduates have all achieved foundation programme placements, a testimony to the quality of the training.
The newest School, the School of Medicine, opened its doors in September 2015, having received approval from the General Medical Council (GMC) to establish and recruit international students on to a UK MBBS qualification. Such students would otherwise have limited access to UK educational courses. Our MBBS will produce global doctors.
Bringing all three Schools together in one Faculty provides a unique opportunity in the Health Education sector for inter-professional learning experiences, ensuring all graduates are fully aware of the importance of patient care being delivered in a co-ordinated, multi-professional environment.
The Faculty also offers a suite of undergraduate level programmes and a wide range of postgraduate medical, dental and pharmacy-related courses for practitioners and scientists who want to develop skills and knowledge in clinical and non-clinical roles, with the objective of increasing specialisation, enhancing leadership skills and developing practice.
The Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences was founded in 2015 and is composed of three schools within the University of Central Lancashire: Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences housed across the UCLan campus in Preston with satellite facilities in Burnley and West Cumbria (West Lakes). The Faculty is well placed to exploit exciting new multidisciplinary approaches to translational academic research to have a real impact on society. We have the vision of an integrated discovery path from bench to bedside along with appropriate research facilities and collaborations. Our aim is to produce world leading and internationally recognised research groups and outputs in the priority areas.
We have 4 areas of research strength:
Biomedical sciences encompasses various disciplines including pathology, medical microbiology, clinical biochemistry and haematology & transfusion sciences. To address such disciplines different applied and translational sciences have emerged.
Neurosciences encompasses a broad range of research from the molecular (e.g. aptamer research) to clinical (e.g. research into concussion from sports). Our goal is to be internationally recognised in 3 areas (neuro-oncology, dementia and neurodegeneration and molecular psychiatry).
Within the Translational Clinical Sciences theme we actively support collaborative research between university and health care organisations. Current Areas of internationally recognised expertise include Clinical Sciences and Clinical Medicine. Research topics include: concussion, cancer, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, infectious diseases, genetics, gastroenterology, intellectual disability and education.
For the past two decades, there have been calls for health education to become more evidence-based. This has been interpreted by some as a lack of understanding of social science methodology and outcomes, but there is some truth to these concerns, with historically poor use of methodologies that cannot hope to answer the research questions set. We are well placed to deliver innovative and high quality works through research which is transdisciplinary and involves educational experts and social scientists.
Research within the Faculty can be found on the Faculty Research Website.
Our Faculty programmes are being taught by clinicians and teaching practitioners
Students enjoy patient contact from early on via work with our Comensus team and embedded placements
Students will receive a real-world experience via placements in a variety of settings
Students enjoy a modern spiral curriculum to build upon their knowledge one step at a time
Students learn using industry-standard equipment in ultramodern world-class facilities
Opportunities for inter-professional learning with students from related healthcare programmes