West Cumberland Medical Education Centre

A new era of healthcare and medical education for West Cumbria

The West Cumberland Medical Education Centre (WCMEC) is a new research, teaching and medical education facility led by senior clinical academics with a background in acute medicine and primary care in West Cumbria.. This is an innovative collaboration between North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Medical students around a bed

Smiling medical student

members of staff

Medical students with model of a baby

WCMEC combines academic facilities at UCLan’s Westlakes campus and neighbouring clinical facilities at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, providing a unique opportunity to deliver innovative improvements in remote and rural healthcare and new integrated models of care for the local area. This bespoke, local facility will train West Cumbria’s clinical workforce, train and develop leading-edge doctors, medical students and physician associates as well as offering courses at undergraduate including foundation programmes, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels.

The ambition for West Cumberland Medical Education Centre also includes the delivery of short courses and postgraduate training opportunities for the local NHS workforce as part of continuous professional development. A number of public lectures will be delivered at the site and relationships with local schools and colleges will be enhanced to help local students explore the career possibilities available within the health sector. 

WCMEC team

WCMEC team

Group of students

Useful Links

Inspiring film from one of our partner NHS Trusts Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC), showing the potential of working in the area as a doctor

WATCH: How to recruit health staff in Cumbria

Learn more about our Medical Sciences Foundation Entry programme from some of our current students based at West Cumberland Medical Education Centre at Westlakes

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust