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School of Medicine

We offer a range of clinical programmes in the field of medicine and vision sciences. Our undergraduate courses include MBBS, Physician Associate Studies, Ophthalmic Dispensing plus an accelerated Medical Sciences degree and a foundation entry programme, designed to prepare students for further study in Medicine or other healthcare subjects.

As a Royal College of Surgeons accredited centre, we also provide postgraduate and CPD medical courses for doctors and other health professionals who want to develop skills and knowledge in clinical and non-clinical roles. Our quality-assured programmes offer personal and professional development to support career development and equip health professionals with the skills they need to respond to the new healthcare environment.

Key features:

  • Programmes delivered by expert staff in the University, many of whom are practising clinicians and our associate NHS education partners.
  • MBBS degree accredited by the General Medical Council.
  • Patient contact and clinical or voluntary placements from an early stage on many programmes.
  • State-of-the-art facilities including clinical skills labs, virtual dissection tables, fully equipped eye healthcare clinic with eye simulator.
  • Evidence-based teaching to inform and guide clinical practice and make a difference to the experience of patients and the public.
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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Our Medicine (MBBS) programme offers an innovative approach to medical education training students to become professional, compassionate doctors. Taught in state-of the-art facilities, the programme is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) and is on its list of bodies able to award UK primary medical qualifications.

As part of this course, you will benefit from early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from your first year.

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Westlakes campus

National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine

The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) provides a unique set of opportunities for students, exposing them to the challenges of remote and rural medicine at our Westlakes Campus in West Cumbria.

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Mackenzie Clinical Research Institute

The Mackenzie Clinical Research Institute is a newly established research centre based at our Burnley Campus. The Institute brings clinical research excellence back to Burnley, where clinical research in primary care really began, as it follows in the footsteps of Sir James Mackenzie, a Burnley GP in who is considered the father of general practice-based research.

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Our facilities

Honorary staff

Johann Malawana is the Founder and Director of The Healthcare Leadership Academy, this is a social enterprise that is training the next generation of leaders in Healthcare on how to have the greatest impact on leading and delivering healthcare services for the benefit of society. Johann is the Lead for Education and Training for Healthcare UK at The Department of International Trade. In 2016 Johann founded Medics.Academy, a digital education technology company that has been awarded many prestigious awards and has delivered projects for organisations including Health Education England, NHS Organisations and the World Health Organisation. Medics.Academy has been thinking about how health education will be delivered over the next generation and finding scalable solutions using Technology to facilitate impactful change.

Johann is a former chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association, a member of the board of Directors of the General Medical Council, a member of the board of Directors of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board and a council member of the British Medical Association. He has held a variety of Leadership roles in Healthcare and the NHS over 18 years.

As a result of all this, Johann developed a strong representative and leadership reputation. Johann served as an advisor on several reviews of the medical education environment in his career. Johann is passionate about how we educate healthcare professionals to deliver health services societies need. Johann's academic work focusses on Technology Enhanced Learning and how we can use technology to solve health education problems in all healthcare economies and environments.

Honorary Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Clinical Research Development Lead, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Registered Midwife.

Cathie entered the midwifery profession as a ‘direct entry’ student at Guy’s & St Thomas’ (London), and qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1995.
She has a BA (Hons) degree in Midwifery from Liverpool John Moores University, and a Master’s degree in Health Research from Lancaster University (2002).


Cathie has worked at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust for many years, as a Midwife, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Midwifery Research Co-ordinator, Women & Children’s Health Research Team Leader, and, since March 2019, as the Trust’s Clinical Research Development Lead.


Also in 2019, she was awarded a place on the 70@70: NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme.
Cathie is a member of the North West Clinical Midwives Research Group, chaired by Professor Soo Downe (School of Community Health and Midwifery, UCLan).

She has held the positions of Reproductive Health & Childbirth (RHC) Specialty Co-convenor/Lead for Cumbria & Lancashire/Greater Manchester Clinical Research Networks (2008-2016), and Patient, Carer & Public Involvement & Engagement Lead for the National RHC Specialty.

Cathie is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) award collaborator – Self-hypnosis for intrapartum pain (SHIP) trial (2009), and Antenatal care after a previous pregnancy or neonatal loss study (2017).

She is keen to facilitate research collaborations between NHS and university colleagues, and patients, carers and the public, that seek to address the local needs and priorities of health and social care service users and providers, utilising, where possible, the NIHR’s integrated health research system.

Honorary Professor, School of Medicine, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
Medical Director for Research & Development, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Lead Anaesthesia Specialty Group NIHR Greater Manchester CRN
Clinical Lead Enhanced Recovery Programs East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Dr Krige graduated at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1994. He underwent specialist training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine on the North West Rotation in the UK from 1998 to 2005. Dr Krige was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine for East Lancashire NHS Trust based at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in 2005.

He is the clinical lead for all Enhanced Recovery (ER) Programs in East Lancashire, which he originally introduced in 2008 and has been an early adopter an proponent of many QI initiatives both perioperatively and hospital wide.

Dr Krige is an active researcher (previous NIHR Grant holder) mainly in the area of perioperative care. He regularly lectures on Enhanced Recovery and analgesia for abdominal surgery at regional, national & international meetings. In additional to his research management roles listed above he was previously lead for the Cumbria & Lancashire NIHR CRN Critical Care Speciality Group. He is a board member of the UCLAN Clinical Trials Unit and a previous board member of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network. He is a member of the advisory group to the RCA Perioperative Medicine programme.

Personal interests include first & foremost a family man with 3 young children and in any remaining time a follower of SA cricket & rugby teams, a lover of red wine and reading, occasional golf and a lifelong endurance athlete (over 30 years) including competitive triathlon & more recently elite obstacle course racing.

 

Dr Manu Shah is a Consultant Dermatologist in active dermatological practice for 25 years. He has specialist interests in skin cancer, contact dermatitis, male genital skin disease and medical education. Dr Shah runs a regional service for male genital skin problems. His MD thesis (doctorate) was on occupational metal allergy in Sheffield.

Dr Shah has published widely in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Dr Shah sits on the British Association of Dermatologists education sub-committee.

Robin qualified in medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1980. He underwent surgical training in Glasgow, London, Manchester & Stuttgart. He was appointed a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon in Blackburn (now part of East Lancashire NHS trust) in 1991. His specialist interest is in paediatric orthopaedics, and he is an international expert in the screening of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a potentially crippling condition in children. In 2011, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Lancaster, his thesis subject being on the subject of ‘Clinical and Sonographic Screening in DDH’. Currently, he has 72 pubmed entries, an h index of 23 and over 1300 citations. He is a peer reviewer for many national and international journals. In 2016 he was awarded the King James IV Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in recognition of his internationally recognised surgical research. Other awards include the John Sharrard memorial medal in 2012 (British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery) and in 2021 the Sir Walter Mercer medal (British Orthopaedic Association)

He is very involved in medical education, and he is an elected council member for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (2016-26). He has twice been voted the ‘Orthopaedic Trainer of the year’ in the Northwest of England (as voted by Orthopaedic Specialist Registrars). Internationally, he is a regular examiner and lead examiner for the JSF FRCS (T & O) examination in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2019, he was an external examiner for the medical student surgical finals exam at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Robin was part of the team that initially developed the UCLan Medical School in 2013 and in 2019 developed and was convenor of a course on ‘DDH from childhood to adult’ at the UCLan Medical School in Victoria Mill, Burnley. In 2014, he was the surgical secondary lead for the UCLan Musculo-skeletal MSc course.

His track record and enthusiasm for research and education compliments the aims and future aspirations of the medical school at UCLan.

Degrees/Diplomas:

  • MBChB University of Glasgow 1980
  • FRCSEd Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1984
  • FRCS (Orth.) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1989
  • PhD University of Lancaster 2011
  • FFSTEd Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2016

Professor Lee-Suan Teh was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist in 1996 at Blackburn Hospitals and is currently based at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust (ELHT). She was born in Penang, Malaysia and brought up in Sibu, Sarawak, in Borneo. After completing her “A” levels in Sibu, she undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, graduating with commendation in 1984. After house jobs in Aberdeen, she trained in General Medicine and Rheumatology in South Wales (Church Village, Rhondda Valley, Pontypridd and Cardiff) and passed her postgraduate MRCP UK examinations in 1987. After a successful grant award from Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) a charitable organisation, she undertook a fulltime laboratory-based research project at the University of Wales, Cardiff Medical school and was awarded an MD degree for her research dissertation on “Neuropsychiatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” in 1994. She was a senior trainee at Hope Hospital, Salford and Withington Hospital in Manchester just before taking up the consultant post in Blackburn.

Since becoming a consultant, Professor Teh has continued her interest in Lupus Research. In 1999, as chief investigator, she was awarded a research grant from the Research and Development NHS Executive to undertake work on the development and validation of a health-related quality of life measure for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

This work started in 2000 and is ongoing and is in collaboration with the psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Professor Teh was awarded two further research grants from Lupus UK in 2005 and Arthritis Research UK in 2010 to continue this research work. With the help of these grants and the collaboration of clinicians nationwide, the LupusQoL questionnaire was developed and validated. This questionnaire was copyrighted to both UCLan and ELHT in 2006 and is widely translated and used worldwide. She has published seven scientific papers in peer review journals and two book chapters from this research work and is currently preparing another manuscript for publication. This work has been presented to scientific societies locally, nationally and internationally over the years. Professor Teh is an invited member of BILAG (British Isles Lupus Assessment Group) which comprises about 25 clinicians from around the UK that are interested in Lupus. This group meets tri-annually to discuss important clinical advances and research priorities for Lupus patients. Professor Teh has participated in clinical trials in collaboration with these BILAG members and is co-author of another 18 papers in peer reviewed journals and numerous abstract presentations. As research lead in Rheumatology and principal investigator, she has participated in eight other research projects based at different UK Universities.

Apart from research, Professor Teh enjoys teaching and is education lead in Rheumatology at Blackburn. She regularly teaches in-house postgraduate doctors of all grades as well as doctors undertaking the MSc in Rheumatology Connective Tissue Disease module based at the University of Manchester. She frequently teaches medical students from various universities (until recently University of Manchester and latterly UCLan and Lancaster University) and also physician associate students from UCLan. She is educational supervisor to six foundation year doctors yearly.

In her spare time, Professor Teh enjoys working out in the gym, watching Coronation Street, Sci-Fi and crime TV programmes, cooking Eastern and Western cuisine and eating out, visiting the theatre, reading and listening to books, supporting Manchester United from the arm chair and spoiling her four great nieces and nephews all under 6 years old.

Professor Teh’s expertise in research and experience in teaching would serve her well in an advisory role at the UCLan Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences. She would like to be in contact with the medical students to inspire them and remind them of the privilege of our calling, the fun in learning, the sense of achievement in overcoming challenges and the importance of questioning and original thinking. She would like to instil in them the sense of duty and responsibility we have to our patients and their relatives and remind them that a well-balanced lifestyle with non-medical pursuits is paramount to our maturity in striving to become compassionate and caring doctors.

Iain Crossingham trained in respiratory and intensive care medicine in Nottingham and Manchester before being appointed as a consultant in East Lancashire in 2011. His clinical interests include mechanical ventilation, sleep medicine and airways disease. His research focusses on evaluation of respiratory treatments through systematic review and meta analysis.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Intensive Care Society.

Recent publications

Maqsood U, Ho TN, Palmer K, Eccles FJ, Munavvar M, Wang R, Crossingham I, Evans DJ. Once daily long-acting beta2-agonists and long-acting muscarinic antagonists in a combined inhaler versus placebo for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Mar 6;3:CD012930. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012930.pub2

Kelly C, Chalmers JD, Crossingham I, Relph N, Felix LM, Evans DJ, Milan SJ, Spencer S. Macrolide antibiotics for bronchiectasis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Mar 15;3:CD012406. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012406.pub2

Crossingham I. In defence of ward-based non-invasive ventilation. J Intensive Care Soc. 2018 Feb;19(1):4-5. doi: 10.1177/1751143717722351

Kew KM, Carr R, Crossingham I. Lay-led and peer support interventions for adolescents with asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Apr 19;4:CD012331. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012331.pub2

Crossingham I, Evans DJ, Halcovitch NR, Marsden PA. Stepping down the dose of inhaled corticosteroids for adults with asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Feb 1;2:CD011802. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011802.pub2.

Crossingham IR, Nethercott DR, Columb MO. Comparing cardiac output monitors and defining agreement: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Intensive Care Soc. 2016 Nov;17(4):302-313. doi: 10.1177/1751143716644457.

Paul currently holds a number of positions in the dental policy arena including dental Chair at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Fellowship Chief Facilitator for the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and dental lead for the National Association for Primary Care. He is a member of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on oral health policy development in the Department of Health, Ireland.

Paul qualified from Liverpool working in a number of primary dental care posts prior to taking up the post of lecturer at the London Hospital. He them moved to King’s College and onto UCL. He currently holds an honorary Chair in the Faculty of medicine at UCLan, and honorary Senior Lecturer post at UCL and is the Dental lead for the National Association for Primary Care. He holds the post of Chief Assessor for Fellowship of the FGDP(UK) as well as examiner for the Overseas Registration Examination of the General Dental Council. He is a past President of the British Association for the Study of Community Dental Health and held the post of Vice Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice twice. In addition to acting as an advisor to the British Dental Association he is currently working with the Department of Health in Ireland on their oral health policy, has sat on a number of NICE Committees and acted as Advisor to the House of Commons Health Committee on their last dental inquiry. He has worked for a number of other international and national agencies as well as being a member of the European Health Policy Group. He is also a co-author of the undergraduate textbook Essential Dental Public Health and sits on a number of editorial boards.

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Mr Shalom Srirangam is a Consultant Urologist at East Lancs Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) since 2009. He is a ‘product of the North West’ having completed his medical school training from University of Manchester in 1997. He undertook his basic surgical training in the North West of England (MRCS 2001). Following a period of urological research, he completed his specialist urology training in the North West of England (Manchester) rotation (FRCS Urol 2007).

He manages all aspects of common urological conditions but has a specialist interest in the treatment of kidney stone disease. He is the lead for research within the department and has been the principal investigator at ELHT for a number of NIHR multi-centre portfolio studies and has also undertaken smaller scale local research projects. He also has responsibility for the training and education of junior trainee doctors as well as medical students from UCLan, the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) and Lancaster University.

Collaboration with UCLan School of Medicine

I look forward to strengthening the links between UCLan and ELHT to build a platform which will allow greater research collaboration for urology research (also a national priority) and improved ability to attract research grants to facilitate this. An aspiration would be to jointly develop a urology clinical research post.

Additionally, a close working partnership will facilitate the development of competent, well qualified and motivated doctors delivering high quality patient care - an international ‘Northern’ centre of excellence for urology teaching at both under- and post-graduate level.

Honorary Clinical Professor

Appointed as an Honorary Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine in June 2018 to support the ongoing development of the undergraduate curriculum, enhance research in Primary care development and help increase the range of postgraduate qualifications that are available to clinicians and managers working in Primary Care.

James is the senior partner in general practice in Merseyside. He qualified from the University of Liverpool in 1984, completed his junior hospital training in Liverpool and joined his practice in Wallasey in 1989. He continues to practice part time.

A General Practitioner of considerable experience and talent who throughout his career has consistently been elected by his peers into leadership positions, both locally and nationally. Unique as a practicing clinician who is also a broadcaster, writer, presenter, speaker and educator. Featured in Who's Who since 2012 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee New Year Honours List for services to Medicine and to Healthcare.

A skilled clinician and manager of change he has been at the forefront of NHS reform for over 25 years.

James is the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West of England. He has a wealth of experience in primary care, medical education and medical politics.

He is President of the National Association of Primary Care (UK) having previously served as Chairman from 2004-08 and is the co-author and national clinical lead of the new care model for the NHS, the Primary Care Home, possibly the largest reform programme for primary care provision in a generation.

He is a founding director of Waring health Ltd, an international specialist medical consultancy firm. In his international roles he is the primary care lead for the Faculty of Disaster Medicine for India and Nepal.

He was a GP trainer for 20 years and an undergraduate tutor for the medical schools of Liverpool and University College London.

In June 2018 James was appointed as an honorary clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.

He served as a government advisor at the Department of Health from 1999 -2002 and from 2009 – 2013 and was the National Clinical Lead for the English Department of Health’s implementation programmes for Clinical Commissioning,

In this role he was also the Primary Care Lead on the DH Board of the National Clinical Directors.

He has also held advisory positions with NICE, CQC and NHS Improvement.

James is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals and immediate past NED at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust where he was the Senior Independent Director.

He is immediate past Chairman of the largest independent community pharmacy chain with national coverage in England,

Currently the longest serving BBC radio doctor, he remains the resident doctor for BBC Radio Merseyside. He regularly provides expert advice on national television and radio for both news and current affairs programmes.

His inspiring presentation skills have established him as an internationally renowned motivational speaker.

As a past President of the Liverpool Medical Students Society, he is now a trustee of the LMSS charity

Married to Sarah, with two daughters; born in Nottingham, educated at the university of Liverpool, he now lives on the Wirral. An ardent Nottingham Forest supporter.

  • MB ChB 1984 University of Liverpool
  • DRCOG 1988 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • DFFP 1998 Faculty of Family Planning RCOG
  • Fellow of AMSPAR 2016
  • OBE 2012 Order of the British Empire – Civil Division

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Qualifications

F.R.C.S (ORL - HNS) Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, UK

F.R.C.S (Oto) Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, UK

M.S (ENT) Jabalpur Medical University, India

M.B.B.S Thanjavur Medical College, India

Teaching

Honorary Senior Lecturer (MCh ENT Course) at the EdgeHill University

Examiner for the Diploma degree in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

Interview Panellist for the ENT ST3 National selection interviews

Convenor for the Special Study Modules at the Lancaster Medical School

National Organisation Affiliation

Elected North West representative of ENTUK Council, London (2014-2018)

Regional Specialty Professional Advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (2014-2018)

Research and Publications

Multicentre Randomised controlled trial

National randomised controlled trial of Tonsillectomy in Adults” (NATTINA) 2016

Randomised Double blind cross over trial

Leong S, Narayan S, Lesser T. Anti-secretory factor-inducing therapy improves patient reported functional levels in Meniere's disease, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 122: 619-24, 2013

Systematic Review

Watson G, Narayan S. Bone cement: how effective is it at restoring hearing in isolated incudostapedial erosion? Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 128(8), pp. 690-693, 2014

Suryanarayanan R, Swift A. Otitis Externa: a clinical review, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, October 2011, vol 72, no 10, page 554-558

Suryanarayanan R, Lesser T. Growth rate of Vestibular Schwannoma: What the literature tells us: ‘The Otorhinolaryngologist’, Vol 1( 2): 66 - 71, 2007

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Mr Younis is a consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. He is the Clinical Module Lead for Surgery and Anaesthesia for the MBBS programme at UCLan.

Mr Younis graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine (Cardiff) in 2002. He then completed his basic and higher surgical training in the Northwest. Having completed his fellowship training in Zurich, Nice, Paris and Montreal, he was appointed as a consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon with a specialist interest in hand and wrist surgery at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in February 2013.

Mr Younis has an interest in both post-graduate and undergraduate education. He was the first ever recipient of the Excellence in Education Award, awarded by Health Education Northwest. He has overarching responsibility for the delivery of the surgical curriculum in phase 2 for the MBBS programme. Mr Younis also teaches on a number of courses and was recently appointed onto the faculty of the AO Trauma Foundation. The foundation is responsible for the provision of trauma education and trauma research throughout the world.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

AO Trauma UK

Publications

YOUNIS F, Sultan J, Dix S, Hughes PJ. The range of the Oxford Shoulder Score in the asymptomatic population, a marker for post-operative improvement. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2011 Nov;93(8):629-33

Alia M, Sanil H A, Fizan Y, Saeed T, Late L Jacobs. Polydioxansulfate (PDS) Cerclage Technique for the Treatment of Acromioclavicular Joint Dislocations. Ortho & Rheum Open Access 2017;9(2): 555756. DOI: 10.19080/OROAJ.2017.09.555756

Younis F, Ajwani S, Bibi A, Riley E, Hughes PJ. Operative versus Non-operative treatment of grade III acromioclavicularJoint dislocations and the use of Surgilig: a retrospective review. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2017 Dec 30;19(6):523-530.

Rashed R, YOUNIS F. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus sacroiliac joint septic arthritis in an adult patient treated with Daptomycin. J Bone Jt Infect. 2017 Apr 5;2(3):143-148.

Dr Cooper-Moss is a GPST3 doctor working in Rossendale, Lancashire. She was recently awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship with East Lancashire CCG. She looks forward to strengthening the ongoing relationship between UCLan and the local partner trusts.

She has performed a supervisory role for 4th year medical students in General Practice and is looking forward to getting more involved with undergraduate teaching in the future.

Dr Cooper-Moss graduated from Keele University in 2013, where she completed an intercalated MPhil degree. She commenced her GP training in the East Lancashire area in 2015 and was awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship in October 2018. Her research interests include cancer, mental health, health inequalities and medical education. She is currently undertaking quality improvement work with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance, and is a Principle Investigator for portfolio studies in General Practice.

We are always looking for willing volunteer patients to take part in student teaching or assessment sessions. Volunteers should be happy to allow students to record their medical histories and in some cases, carry out physical examinations. Volunteers can attend sessions just once or twice a year if they wish, or can choose to be more active participants.

We are particularly looking for volunteers with any of the following conditions:

  • Neurological problems: for example, Parkinson’s disease, previous stroke, previous spine or brain surgery, peripheral neuropathies.
  • Heart problems: for example, angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease.
  • Chest/breathing problems: for example, asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, restrictive lung disease or anything related.
  • Endocrine problems: for example, thyroid problems, goitre, diabetes type 1 and type 2.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: for example, inflammatory diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), stoma, liver problems.
  • Kidney problems: for example, somebody who has received a kidney transplant, polycystic kidney disease.
  • Joint problems for example: for example, rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoarthritis.
  • Dermatological problems: for example, psoriasis, eczema.
  • Breast surgery/problems: for example, previous breast surgery.

If you would like to be involved and your condition does not appear on the list we would still be delighted to hear from you.

Each Volunteer Patient will be well looked after and provided with refreshments and free parking. Additionally, everyone who takes part will receive a small token to say ‘thank you’ for giving up your time to help our medical students’ progress.

If you are interested in becoming a patient volunteer please email MedVolunteerPatient@uclan.ac.uk and a member of our team will contact you with further information.

Please complete these forms if you would like to let us know of any positive feedback, professionalism lapses, or wellbeing and safety concerns.

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