The National Centre offers a number of academic programmes to support students from the region and help boost the local economy in West Cumbria. Some of these courses run directly from WCMEC at UCLan’s Westlakes Campus, while some are hosted at particular points during students’ studies – generally while they are on placement in local hospitals such as the West Cumberland Hospital.
Our Medical Sciences foundation programme runs from WCMEC for local and international students. Students will study for their foundation year in West Cumbria and then continue their course at the UCLan Main Campus in Preston.
This foundation programme also gives students the option to access our medicine programme, physician associate studies programme or pharmacy programme if they meet set criteria after completing their first year.
In a similar way to our medicine students, our undergraduate physician associate students will undertake placements in West Cumbria in their third and fourth year and also enjoy some of their lectures and skills sessions at WCMEC.
The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine will be offering the following postgraduate programmes from September 2018:
- MSc in Rural Medicine
- PGDip Rural Medicine
- PGDip Urgent Care
- PGCert Rural Medicine
- PGCert Urgent Care
The programmes can be studied full-time or part-time and are aimed at a wide range of doctors and other health professionals. The programmes have been developed to address the skills and competencies required for safe and confident practice in a rural setting. Digital technology is playing an increasingly important role in providing effective and safe health care in rural regions and is included in the programmes, alongside pre-hospital emergency care; risk management; operational practice and human factors.
These postgraduate programmes allow doctors and other health professionals to identify their own areas of need and have their learning needs fulfilled by a wide range of optional modules. Many of the modules are built around CPD; this means that the programme can be tailored to individual need and credits can be accumulated flexibly to accommodate the student’s work-life balance.