Training the future medical workforce of Lancashire and Cumbria

Could your GP Practice support the training of the future medical workforce of Lancashire and Cumbria?

The establishment of a School of Medicine builds on UCLan’s expertise in:

  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic practice
  • Nursing

This expertise helps us train new generations of doctors and Physician Associates (PAs).

Since our establishment in 2015, we have enrolled over 600 medical students and over 120 PA students. These students are being taught at our Preston, Burnley and Westlakes campuses.

As part of their programmes, our students have been on placement for the last six years and indeed, our PAs are now employed throughout the region, helping to meet the demand for our local NHS services. All of our medical graduates have remained in the UK for foundation year. Many of those placements have been in GP Practices and feedback has been excellent.

As we are currently restricted to the number of places we can offer to UK students, we only accept applications from North West students, with the aim of encouraging the recruitment and retention of a local workforce. This year we have 15 UK funded placements and two bursary places. The subsequent year will bring the bursaries up to four per year with the extra students being drawn from a local school participation project. We also are hopeful to be granted more UK regular placement funding.

However, we are also an international School of Medicine, attracting some of the best global medical students to study in the region.

All our medical students will be eligible to join Foundation Training and many already express an interest to remain in the UK for work.

Demand for UK medical training and employment is high, and we are growing at a rapid rate. We are currently looking for further GP Practices to support the training of the future workforce of Lancashire and Cumbria. We work with experienced training practices (and are happy for our students to attend where other medical schools have placements) but also welcome practices new to training medical students.

The development of the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine is good news for the region and for the patients we serve, and future funded research and teaching opportunities will be a welcome addition to the area.

What we need from GP Practices

With MBBS students being placed in General Practice from Years 1 to 5, there are lots of opportunities to become involved in medical student education.

Teaching experience required

This is an ideal place for GPs that are new to formal education of students to start and for existing educators to start introducing students to the practice at an early stage (there is no restriction for our students to be in a practice where other medical school have placements).

Supervision required

The requirements of a GP Supervisor are to make sure there are appropriate learning arrangements in place and to offer formative support and assessment at the beginning and end of each module. We will provide detailed handbooks containing learning objectives and clinical skills the students can undertake for each year group.

What’s in it for the practice?

As a new, modern and innovative medical school, we aim to provide the very best in medical education.

The clinical placement team is led by a fun and enthusiastic group of local GPs. Why not be part of this exciting journey?

What's it like?

"Having med students at the practice was just as enriching for me as it was for them. They had a great enthusiasm for learning and made my day a whole lot more interesting. We’ve all got it in us to teach and it’s great to be able to harness that ability. It was really easy to start taking students and didn’t take much setup time or cause any disruption. Patients enjoyed being given time on their own with the student, who had time to fully explore their issues. The UCLan team are very helpful and approachable. I would definitely recommend it."

Dr Nili Gupta (GP Partner)

For further information please email:

General Inbox –

Dr Marie Martin Dr Marie Martin  (Central and South Lancs,  Cheshire and Merseyside)

Dr Kirstie Caine – (West Lancs)

Dr Matthew Orr (East Lancs)

Dr Rick Tranter – (Cumbria)

Dr Peter Dixon – (Physician Associate)

Dr Hazel Owens - (Physician Associates)

For administrative purposes please contact:

Aamena Dedat –

(Senior Placements Coordinator)

Patricia Johnson –

(Senior Placements Coordinator)