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Don't miss the chance to have your say on ‘root-and-branch review’ of education at Wales’ leading medical school

15 February 2011

People interested in how medical students are educated to ensure Wales’ doctors of the future get the skills they need to respond to the demands and pressures of modern health services are being urged to take the opportunity to have their say.

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine launched a major review of its undergraduate medical education programme earlier this month and it closes shortly.

The review, C21, examines all aspects of undergraduate medical education - from curriculum content to staff training. Changes to the curriculum will be phased-in over the next few years with the new curriculum in place by September, 2013.

Professor John Bligh, Dean of Medical Education at Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, who leads the review said: "The needs of modern medicine and a 21st century NHS mean that the way the next generation of doctors are educated needs to constantly change – we need to ensure that the skills and training our students get from the School of Medicine fit the needs of their careers in medicine.

"By undertaking such a fundamental review of medical education – we will develop a rigorous medical curriculum that will benefit students and doctors in training, clinical practice, and the wider community."

Health policies which place greater emphasis on primary care and community based services means changing the way medical students are taught is more important than ever.

"With almost 80% of Cardiff’s medical students remaining in Wales after graduation, it is essential that the training they receive reflects the NHS’s changing priorities," according to Professor Bligh.

"There is strong research evidence that shows that modern medical students need new ways of teaching and learning if they are to become the great doctors of the future and prepared to meet the changing needs of clinical services in Wales.

"It is crucial that we adapt our MB BCh programme to meet these challenges, and those of the General Medical Council, and create a truly world-class medical school which makes a significant contribution to the strategic objectives of the NHS in Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government."

The consultation exercise involves colleagues from across Cardiff University, student and patient representatives, the NHS and Welsh Assembly Government, and health professionals are all being urged to respond.

The consultation runs until 18th February 2011.

A report of the findings will be presented at the 1st Annual Curriculum Conference taking place on 2nd March 2011 at Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus and published on the C21 website.

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Further information, please contact:

Chris Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 0290 20 874731

Cardiff School of Medicine
Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2,000 students, including 1,110 postgraduate students.

The School is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. The School has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health. A key partner in this role is the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales, with which the School is linked at all levels. This mutual dependency is illustrated by the teaching of medical undergraduates in more than 150 hospitals located in all of Wales’ health authorities. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further.

The School is an international leader in basic and clinically applied research activities and scored highly in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise. School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards to work with Government, the healthcare industries and the charitable sector on the most pressing issues of human health. The School has six interdisciplinary research groups to draw upon its own strength in depth and the vast range of expertise available across Cardiff University. These groups are addressing cancer; health sciences research; cardiovascular sciences; genomic approaches to health and disease; infection, immunity and inflammation; metabolism repair and regeneration. The School continually invests in facilities, with major developments including the Henry Wellcome Building for Biomedical Research in Wales, the largest enterprise of its kind ever in Wales. This £11M centre contains research laboratories and facilities for patients to participate in investigations of new disease treatments.

The School has been instrumental in establishing and running many important national research initiatives including the Wales Gene Park, Wales Cancer Bank, the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair and the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research. The Wales Gene Park is involved in biomedical research, the provision to the NHS of novel diagnostic and clinical services, knowledge dissemination, genetics and genetics education, and the successful commercialisation of innovations arising from such activities. The Wales Cancer Bank is a collaborative project involving several Welsh NHS Trusts, the universities of Bangor and Swansea and the Welsh Assembly Government and is the first population-based collection of tumour and control tissue samples in Wales. The research will help establish the causes of cancer, help identify new areas for treatment and find out the best way to care for individual patients. The Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair uses scientific research to solve problems which are placing a heavy burden on health services around the world, such as, eye repair, chronic wounds, kidney repair and sports injuries. The Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research is a multi-million pound collaboration investigating treatments and support for the physical and mental rehabilitation of the 14,000 people suffering severe burns in the country every year.

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.