University of Leicester eBulletin

New Initiative Leads the Way for Medical Education

March 2003
No 96

The University of Leicester has won Fund for the Development of Teaching & Learning funding from the Higher Education Funding Council amounting to £1/4 million for a medical education project led by the Leicester Medical School in partnership with Imperial College London, University of Leeds and University College Northampton.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Health & Social Care Education is an initiative that will improve the management of health and social care education by identifying future leaders and providing personal development programmes for them.

It comes at a time of great changes in health education, following the NHS Plan and Health Service for all the Talents, requiring a hugely expanded workforce and different working methods. Health and social care educators are facing increased student numbers and new inter-professional ways of educating and working, with emphasis on retention and widening access.  

To meet these challenges, the project is led by senior healthcare education managers with long experience of change management.

Project leader, Professor Stewart Petersen was directly involved with the introduction of a new curriculum for Leicester medical students in response to Tomorrow’s Doctors in 1993. He subsequently designed and set in place the first UK 'fast track' course for graduates and established medical education at the University of Warwick, part of the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools – commended by the Education Committee of the GMC.

The University of Leicester will provide senior managers, administrative support and facilities for the project team, who will also have access to expertise within the University’s Education Management Unit, the Faculty of Education and the Management Centre. The Leicester School of Social Work is also participating in the project.

Professor Petersen commented: “The problem is that many current leaders are close to retirement, and succession planning has been limited. This is an exciting project to ensure that the knowledge and expertise of today’s leaders in medical education can be built on as a new generation of leaders emerges.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Professor Stewart Petersen, Head of Medical Education and project leader for Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders in Health and Social Care Education, tel 0116 252 2946, fax 0116 223 1585, email

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