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East Anglia (University of), Norwich Medical School
Address Norwich
Postal Code NR4 7TJ
Profile Head of School: Professor Michael Frenneaux The Medical School is now in its fifteenth year. Professor Frenneaux joined the medical School as the new Head of School/Dean in January 2015, succeeding the previous Head, Professor David Crossman, and inaugural Head, Professor Sam Leinster. The Norwich Medical School was established at UEA in 2001and has over 200 members of academic, research and support staff – and a large number of active NHS secondees and honorary appointees – from a wide range of disciplines (including medical specialties, biological sciences and a range of social and statistical disciplines, including health economics, clinical psychology, epidemiology and medical statistics). The School has grown with a current entry each year of 168 students. Its first students graduated in 2007 and since then the School has been in the top 10 of all medical schools on the National Student Survey on three occasions, (4th in 2013); the Prescribing Skills Assessment pass rate is over 97%; the Situational Judgement Test is among the top scores nationally and the Preparedness to Practice and Core Skills Acquisition are consistently top 5. In 2014 the school was shown to have produced some of the best prepared Foundation doctors, demonstrated through national data provided by the GMC following their annual survey of all doctors in training. The Schools’ research focus is on developing translational research themes that answer important health questions, from an understanding of the basic mechanisms and genetics of disease through to clinical trials and from there to incorporation into clinical guidelines and evaluation within the broader health care community. The Medical School has a vision to build a clinical and translational research programme of international standing based on the existing strengths of the Medical School, University of East Anglia (UEA), The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the Norwich Research Park (NRP). The presence of 3 BBSRC research institutes on the Norwich Research Park (Institute of Food Research (IFR), John Innes Centre (JIC), The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) provides unique opportunities not available to other comparable medical schools. Preventive medicine is a major goal for 21st century medicine. The role of diet in the prevention of a wide spectrum of disease will be a particular focus of research within the Medical School. Incorporated with this will be parallel strategies to understand the epidemiology and health economic impact of the conditions studied. Areas of research within the Medical School include: • Cancer Studies • Clinical Science and Trials • Epidemiology • Gastroenterology and Gut Biology • Health Economics • Health Services Research • Medical Microbiology • Musculoskeletal Science • Nutrition • Psychological Sciences Norwich Medical School is housed on East (main) campus in the Norwich Medical School Building, and on West Campus in the brand-new £20m Bob Champion Research and Education Building which opened in late 2014, adjacent to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital providing outstanding facilities for staff and supporting clinically orientated research. The Medical School enjoys a strategic partnership with the adjacent 1,000-bed Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and with other teaching Trusts (the James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust based in Norwich, Ipswich Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings’ Lynn, as well as local CCGs). UEA Health Partners has been constituted, composed of NHS Trust Chief Executives, senior university members and chaired by the Vice Chancellor to oversee the strategic relationship between the University and NHS Trusts with whom the School interacts in both research and teaching. The Head of School is a member of the UEA Health Partners Board. There is a growing number of clinical academics in the areas of stroke and ageing; respiratory medicine; gastroenterology; clinical pharmacology; cardiology; primary care; public health and epidemiology; rheumatology; diabetes; and orthopaedics. The Medical School has for several years received an allocation of Walport academic training posts. There is particular strength within the Medical School in epidemiology, statistics and health economics and exciting possibilities for appointees to develop clinical trials with the NIHR fully registered Clinical Trials Unit as well as experimental medicine within the five-bed Clinical Research Facility (CRF) located in the University Hospital. There is a research 3T MRI scanner also located within the University Hospital.
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