£400m Investment Set to Transform Health Provision and Medical Education
The University of Leicester Medical
School is looking forward to a major boost in its accommodation and facilities
as part of a £400 million development which is set to transform health
provision and medical education in the region.
new initiative takes account not just of the recent changes in medical education
that came about with the forming of the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools, but
of further expansion in student numbers in Leicester, including the new
four-year medical course for health science and health studies graduates which
is recruiting now for its first student intake in 2003.
the next three years (2003-2006) medical students in Leicester will continue to
be taught mainly in the Maurice Shock Building on the University campus, where
more space will become available with the completion of the new Biomedical
Science Research Building, currently under construction.
built, in addition to the Medical School’s own administration, seminar rooms
and IT provision, the new building at the Leicester General Hospital site will
include a lecture theatre with the capacity for 350 people, and a range of other
multidisciplinary medical training facilities. These will be used not just by the University of Leicester’s
medical students but also by
nursing students from De Montfort University and by hospital staff receiving
project is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Pathway
Project, a reconfiguration of clinical services of all three Leicester Hospitals
– the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield General Hospital and Leicester
General Hospital. It will involve
substantial new building, particularly at Glenfield General Hospital and
Leicester General Hospital. A total of £378
million will be invested through the Private Finance Initiative, with a further
£25 million specifically to improve academic facilities at the hospitals, which
will include the new University of Leicester Medical School facilities.
The Leicester General Hospital will become a key site for training
doctors, nurses and midwives from the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools and De
Montfort University School of Nursing and Midwifery and hospital staff.
Ian Lauder, Dean of the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools, said: “This is
fantastic for the University of Leicester and its Medical School, because many
of our medical academic departments will be relocated to a brand new building.
Not only will it help us to continue to attract good quality students and
staff, but its facilities will be second to none.”
of the University of Leicester Professor Robert Burgess added: "This
multi-million pound investment in the future of medical education and NHS
provision heralds a new era for our Medical School. The University of Leicester
has been teaching medical students for over 25 years and, next year the
Leicester Warwick Medical Schools are set to have the largest number of medical
students in the UK. We welcome the creation of state-of the-art facilities for
medical students so that doctors of tomorrow will be taught by academics in a
hospital environment on a modern site. As a partner and stakeholder in this
project, the University of Leicester is committed to improving the quality of
medical training and medical provision in the region."
to editors: Further
information is available from Mr Nigel Siesage, Secretary, University of
Leicester Medical School, telephone 0116 252 2961, facsimile 0116 252 3013,
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