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Joint partnership signals boost for pre-hospital care workforce

Memorandum of Understanding signed between UCLan and RCSEd highlights future collaboration and joint partnership intent

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), setting out their mutual commitment to collaborate and explore future opportunities for joint working in the areas of medical education, training and research.

At a recent virtual signing ceremony UCLan’s Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences and Professor David Lockey, Chair of The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) at RCSEd, signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organisations.

As an immediate benefit under this new formal relationship, UCLan will grant automatic Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)* for candidates who successfully pass the examination for the FPHC’s Diploma in Urgent Medical Care (DUMC).

The collaboration will enable existing healthcare professionals to have their hard work and learning recognised from RCSEd and converted into academic points.

This in turn will allow students to choose multiple pathways into higher postgraduate programmes, enabling them to concentrate on specific learning needs and opening opportunities for future career progression.

UCLan’s Professor Cathy Jackson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, said: “UCLan’s School of Medicine together with our National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine in West Cumbria are delighted to be working with RCSEd to ensure the highest standards of educational provision are in place to train healthcare professionals.

“Urgent care is one of a number of mutual interest areas we have been working on with the College. Trained medics working in this vital area can make a real difference by providing urgent or unscheduled care in settings outside of hospital.

“Its provision has never been more important to the NHS with more demand being seen in emergency departments as result of the pandemic.”

Professor David Lockey, Chair, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care within RCSEd, added: “The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care is delighted to have reached this agreement with UCLan. Healthcare in the UK is increasingly based on multi-professional care, dependent on postgraduate education. Developing synergistic relationships between educational providers, to provide this type of education, ensures efficiency that benefits health professionals and patients. This is exactly what this agreement will achieve.”

Both UCLan and RCSEd look forward to exploring additional opportunities for future collaboration, under the terms of the newly signed MOU.

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