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2017 News

 AUGUST 2017 – Professor Ruben Canelo awarded honorary Professorship

A surgeon at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) has been awarded an Honorary Clinical Professorship with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) as lead for the new joint NCUH/UCLan Academic Surgical Unit (ASU).

Professor Ruben Canelo has been instrumental in the creation of the ASU in order to strengthen surgical clinical excellence at NCUH by providing research, training and education within the Trust as a joint venture with UCLan. Professor Canelo is the clinical director for general surgery and director of education for Surgery in the Trust and works across the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

As one of only seven in the country, the ASU can bring a wealth of benefits including improving the quality of patient care and promoting surgical staff recruitment and retention – both of which are key priorities for the Trust.

AUGUST 2017 – Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine Gershan Davis to teach and work in the region

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) West Cumberland Medical Education Centre has appointed a Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine to teach the next generation of medical students training in the region.

In his new role, Professor Gershan Davis will teach students across a breadth of medical courses including the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the MSc in Hospitalist Medicine programme and Physician Associate Postgraduate Diploma. He will also work as a Consultant Cardiologist within the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, providing coronary care and general cardiology services for heart patients.

Professor Davis, who joins UCLan from Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Liverpool, commented: “I am delighted to join the University of Central Lancashire’s West Cumberland Medical Education Centre and am looking forward to working with the students and also within the local community of West Cumbria.

JUNE 2017 – Project Manager – Digital Health Institute

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has recruited a project manager to head up the creation of a Digital Health Institute at its West Cumbria Medical Education Centre – part of a £100,000-plus investment into digital healthcare. Tom Bell will help develop the concept of a Digital Health Institute to support the teaching, research and delivery of healthcare in remote and rural areas, including Cumbria. He plans to form partnerships with a range of stakeholders, health providers and healthcare users, with the aim of working together and sharing ideas to help drive digital change in the region. 

MAY 2017

Dr Eric Bater, BBC Radio Cumbria interview – 16 May 2017

Dr Eric Bater, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care and Academic Lead for the WCMEC Physician Associate programme, spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria about the Physician Associate programme and its role in the wider healthcare system. It proved a useful opportunity to explain to the wider population of Cumbria the role the PAs were likely to be playing as part of integrated multidisciplinary teams both in the local hospitals and in primary care. It was helpful to be able to provide reassurance that this was not an attempt to provide ‘medicine on the cheap’ but was evidence of Cumbria benefitting from an innovative programme to introduce additional skills into healthcare teams though the development of the PA role.

Dr Eric Bater

University helps West Cumberland Hospital to grow its own talent

The Physician Associate programme, delivered at West Cumberland Medical Education Centre is helping to meet local skills needs.

MARCH 2017

One of the continuing issues is the recruitment of staff, and bosses at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have come up with a new way of getting the right healthcare staff in, as this video report shows.

WATCH: How to recruit health staff in Cumbria


Students to learn foundations of medical education in West Cumbria

UCLan West Cumberland Medical Education Centre launches new course to prepare students for medical school.

Students to learn foundations of medical education in West Cumbria

2016 News



Event explores future of healthcare

Using digital technology to improve Cumbria’s NHS services was discussed.

Event explores future of healthcare


New West Cumbria roles for two locals

Valerie Smart and Steve Minto have been appointed to positions at the West Cumberland Medical Education Centre.

Valerie Smart

University event will tackle rural healthcare issues

Free conference will take place at the University’s Westlakes Campus in Cumbria on October 12.


JULY 2016

New university course sparks recruitment drive

The launch of a new medical sciences course at The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Westlakes Campus is bringing a fresh jobs boost to West Cumbria.


Westlakes Campus

JUNE 2016

University professors join West Cumbria’s medical provision

First two appointments have started work at UCLan’s Westlakes Campus.

Dr John Howarth & Professor Jankowski

2015 News


Medical education campus heralds new era of healthcare in West Cumbria

A new research, teaching and medical education campus has launched in West Cumbria aimed at improving healthcare at every level across the region.

New research, teaching and medical education campus