An exciting new partnership, RCPE Manchester, which will drive innovation and understanding in medicine, has been announced today (Tuesday 6 June) by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).
RCPE Manchester will deliver a programme of clinical and academic learning, training and research in the north of England.
RCPE Manchester will create new opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and expertise between the two organisations including:
- Seminars on a range of ‘hot topic’ issues
- Sharing the college’s educational programme, including live-streamed events
- Regional college meetings held in Manchester
- Collaborating to develop educational courses and continuing professional development opportunities
- Development of postgraduate qualifications
- Collating opinion on local health, education, service and research issues
- Collaborating to influence UK health policy
A two year programme of clinical and academic events is under development. The first RCPE Manchester activities will include a series of RCPE Evening Medical Updates commencing in summer 2017. The RCPE Trainee and Members’ Conference is planned for February 2018.
The collaboration was launched in Manchester with an inaugural lecture by eminent academic, Professor Nicholas Jones, Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre. Professor Jones, who has led cancer research in the city for nearly 20 years, delivered his views on ‘Cancer Research in Manchester: the power of partnership’.
Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said “The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has a long history ofdeveloping standards of medical care and training in order to deliver the best possible care to patients.
“As a college with members throughout the UK, we are delighted to be working with Manchester Academic Health Science Centre to establish a presence and expand our work in the north of England.
“Given our complementary experience, skills and networks, RCPE Manchester will progress innovation and understanding in medicine by sharing our knowledge and expertise and working together to drive forward the best standards in healthcare”.
“We welcome the establishment of RCPE Manchester and are delighted to be in partnership with the college which has a global reputation for clinical excellence” said Professor Ian Greer, MAHSC Director.
“Our combined offering through the collaboration naturally fits with one of MAHSC’s central objectives as an academic health science centre; provision of high quality training and education for healthcare professionals.
‘This new venture comes at an exciting time for Manchester as we capitalise on the opportunities brought about by the city’s devolved health and social care budget and multi-million pound investment in our clinical research and associated infrastructure. RCPE Manchester will provide first-class learning, training and professional development options to healthcare colleagues at all stages of their careers.”
A board has been established to guide and oversee the development of RCPE Manchester’s programme and the venture is being staffed by an academic lead from MAHSC, a programme lead from the college and a programme co-ordinator.