University of Sunderland has been successful in its bid to open a new school of medicine.

The Government’s Department of Health and Social Care announced today that the first cohort of students will join the University in September next year.

Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and to widen access to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves.

With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East.

Focusing on GP and Psychiatric training the new programme will complement existing medical provision in the region and add to the diversity of medical schools in the UK.

The Vice-Chancellor, Shirley Atkinson, is delighted with the outcome: “Our bid presented a compelling case for an innovative medical school for those with talent and who present the requisite medical school entry requirements, regardless of their background and social status.

“We will provide accessible medical education training for a new generation of doctors, recruited from the communities in which they live and where they will eventually practice.”

“Our bid was backed unreservedly by our NHS partners and clinicians and we are also working closely with the City Council to provide an environment and a range of new amenities to retain young doctors in the region to halt the disappointing drift south of many newly qualified medics.”

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