UCLan’s Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine is located in the Westlakes Campus in West Cumbria. Within the National Centre the West Cumberland Medical Education offers a range of undergraduate, post graduate and professional development courses. This includes a foundation medical sciences programme and a post graduate physician associate programme, as well as offering MBBS students the opportunity for study and clinical placement in a remote and rural setting. This new medical education facility has been developed in partnership with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Located in West Cumbria the Centre provides students with a unique set of opportunities, allowing them to the variety of clinical experiences which comes with the challenges of remote and rural medicine. Delivery of medical education locally aims to ultimately increase the numbers of students and doctors in the area which may ultimately facilitate an improvement in recruitment and retention of medical professionals in the rural environment. In addition, the centre hosts a Digital Health Institute which is exploring ways in which digital technology could help improve the region’s healthcare services.
Our aim is to provide a centre which will address issues affecting recruitment and retention of staff in remote and rural areas and provide solutions which will help to achieve better outcomes for both staff and patients.
About West Cumbria
West Cumbria enjoys a world class environment and landscape, presenting unrivalled opportunities for leisure and an excellent quality of life. The breath taking scenery and strong communities make it a great place to live and work.West Cumbria is blessed with a number of rich environmental and cultural landscapes.
To the north there is the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) while the south is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and St Bee’s Head, the start of Wainwright’s famous Coast-to-Coast walk.
Today, the energy and nuclear industries, based around the nuclear complex at Sellafield, are vital to the area. They provide over 20 thousand jobs and gives West Cumbria contacts with international companies, technologies and communities around the world. For scientists, technologists and engineers, West Cumbria is a great place to work, with genuinely global opportunities.
With UCLan’s Westlakes campus, the Samuel Lindow Foundation and the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbria facility, West Cumbria has one of the highest concentrations of research-degree holders in the UK.
As part of the ‘British Energy Coast’ regeneration initiative, West Cumbria aims to establish itself as a major generator of low carbon and renewable energy. The area hopes to provide new, exciting opportunities for businesses and inward investors, and sustain its long-established local communities.