A new research, teaching and medical education campus has launched in West Cumbria aimed at improving healthcare at every level across the region.
West Cumberland Medical Education Campus (WCMEC) is a collaboration between several institutions including the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.
It will develop education in medicine and related areas such as dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and policy.
The new campus, hopes to deliver innovative improvements in remote and rural healthcare and develop new integrated models of care for the local area.
It will also provide a local facility to train West Cumbria’s clinical workforce and attract the best global students to the area to benefit patient care.
The campus will combine academic facilities at UCLan’s Westlakes campus and neighbouring clinical facilities at the new West Cumberland Hospital, which has already represented a significant step for local communities and the development of healthcare in West Cumbria.
Professor St John Crean, Executive Dean of UCLan’s College of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, said:
Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Medical Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: