Activities and Events

The West Cumberland Medical Education Centre hosts a number of educational events on an ongoing basis;




GP Engagement Forum - The School of Medicine, The University of Central Lancashire will be holding an evening event for GPs and practice managers from Copeland and Allerdale to discuss our plans for the delivery of medical education at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre in West Cumbria.  From September 2018 medical students will be situated at the West Cumberland Hospital for the Phase 2 of the MBBS programme. As part of Phase 2 the students will be required to spend time in general practice and we would welcome your presence to discuss how we can work together to provide a high quality medical education, as well as opportunities you may have for GP placements. The dinner will take place at The Lakes Distillery on Wednesday 15th November at 7.30pm where Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean and Head of School of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences and herself a GP who has previously worked in West Cumbria, will outline her plans for medical education in West Cumbria.

Medicine Taster Course – 11 July 2017 9.00-16.00

Your students are warmly invited to our free, one-day Medicine Taster Course, based at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre (WCMEC) at our Westlakes Campus. For more details please see our event leaflet. .PDF (574kb)

3rd Sector Engagement Forum - 10 July 2017 14.00-16.00

Come along and find out about UCLan’s activities in the region and explore opportunities for engagement. Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of the School of Medicine will outline the role of UCLan’s West Cumberland Medical Education Centre in the region and facilitate discussion on how we can work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Event takes place at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre, Samuel Lindow Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row Cumbria CA24 3JY.

Date 10th July 2017
Time: 2-4pm
Free parking on campus.
Event flyer (.pdf)153kb

Visit to WCMEC by Trudy Harrison MP – June 2017

In June Trudy Harrison, Conservative party candidate for Copeland visited West Cumberland Medical Education Centre to hear how it supports the region’s medical workforce. She met with StJohn Crean, Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences and staff and students from WCMEC.

 Evening lecture with Professor of Primary Care, Dr John Howarth – 4 May 2017.

Professor John Howarth delivered an evening lecture concerning his work overseas with MSF and other organisations.

Visit to WCMEC by Jon Ashworth MP – February 2017.

In February Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, visited WCMEC with Copeland by-election Labour candidate Gillian Troughton to find out more about the work of WCMEC and its plans for the future. He met with students and discussed ongoing and future projects with Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of the Medical School.


‘Foundation Medical Sciences Team Building, climbing Dent’

“It was one of the greatest experiences in my life….” In January our Medical Sciences (International Foundation Entry) students climbed Dent in Cumbria.

24th November 2016 - GP Update (Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative).

The GP Update Course is designed to be very relevant to clinical practice and to help GPs meet the requirements for revalidation.

GPs want to stay up to date but the task is a formidable one; with the best will in the world, it’s hard to achieve. With all the evidence inundating us it can be hard to know which bits of evidence should change our practice. We want to help by collating and synthesising the evidence for GPs – so that they don’t have to! Using a lecture based format, with plenty of time for interaction, the GP presenters will discuss the results of the most important evidence and guidance, placing them in the context of what is already known about this topic and the needs of primary care.

On 12th October 2016 The University of Central Lancashire invited people from across Cumbria to an event which explored how digital technology could help improve the region’s healthcare services. The event will considered potential solutions to these challenges, with a focus on the impact of state-of-the-art digital technology being used in the NHS.

Professor of Family Medicine James Rourke of Memorial University of Newfoundland, international leader in the provision of health services in remote and rural areas, addressed issues relating to healthcare provision in remote areas, as part of a week-long visit to UCLan from Canada.

Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of the Medical School at UCLan, said: “It’s great to have the support of Professor Rourke, who is an incredibly valuable source of expertise, especially in relation to the delivery of healthcare in rural and remote areas. We will see what lessons we might take forwards to develop a centre of excellence for remote and rural medical education and research in West Cumbria”.

“Issues affecting healthcare provision in the region have been widely reported, and through our work at UCLan’s Medical School we’re committed to helping achieve better outcomes for both staff and patients.

Attendees also heard from speakers including Dr William Lumb, Chief Clinical Information Officer at the NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Professor Colville Laird, Chair of the Royal College of Surgeons Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Dr Ian Briggs, Associate Director of Business Development at the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and Veronica Southern, a specialist in the innovative design development and delivery of clinical services. See the presentations here.

The 2017-2018 Medical Sciences Foundation students recently took part in a frontier education programme run by UCLan outdoors division. This was a chance for students to get to know each other at the very start of their course and help to develop a course identity. It provided them with an opportunity to experience and really understand the value of team work and how supporting their peers will help them all to achieve their goals. This will help them with future group tasks or assignments, whilst also assisting each other with the challenges faced on their course and more importantly they had a really good time experiencing first-hand the beautiful scenery that the Lake District has to offer.”