For a number of years there has been a desire amongst many people in the local community for Anglia Ruskin University to open a School of Medicine at its campus in Chelmsford and I was recently very pleased to learn that work is expected to get underway on making this vision a reality.
Work is scheduled to begin in May on the site off Alan Cherry Drive and it is hoped that the School will be open for September 2018. The School will include state-of-the art skills facilities, specialist teaching space, a lecture theatre and a cadaveric anatomy suite.
The School of Medicine is an excellent initiative not only for those students who will benefit from its opening, but also for the local health economy. Anglia Ruskin hopes to recruit 50 per cent of the students from the East of England. The University is working closely with the NHS and primary care providers to secure placements for students and to ensure graduates then have the opportunity to stay in the East of England once they have finished their studies. The School will ensure that students will receive an education that enables them to respond to future service delivery needs by training a resilient workforce
As the plans have come together over the past two years, Anglia Ruskin has worked with the local community and a broad range of partners from across the region to help make the project a reality. Local NHS trusts, primary care providers, local authorities and charities have given their support, as have the local MPs who have received briefings on the proposal from the Vice Chancellor.
This initiative will strengthen Anglia Ruskin’s position as one of the largest providers of undergraduate and postgraduate education for healthcare in the East of England, building on their reputation for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health courses and their passion and commitment to follow through with this project is to be commended.