Our vision

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The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine will produce doctors committed to delivering cutting-edge healthcare approaches and serve the needs of their local community.

Our tailored 4-year programme enrols graduate-entry students. Our focus is delivering the highest standard of training with an aim to improve health outcomes in Cumbria and the North West. 

The curriculum will align with local healthcare planning and infrastructure, ensuring students acquire the skills needed to actively contribute to the NHS and local community. This includes emphasis on mental health care, which will be at the forefront of our practice.

Integrating into Cumbria’s wider network of healthcare organisations, our school will inspire students to develop and maintain essential relationships, guiding them through their training within the local area.

Over time, the medical school will support exciting new career opportunities in the region, and support local clinical providers in recruiting and retaining medical staff.

Through collaboration with local NHS partners and other stakeholders, we will establish research groups dedicated to addressing healthcare needs in the North West. These groups aim to enhance patient outcomes by fostering increased research activity.

To remove barriers to becoming a doctor, we have implemented a more inclusive application process. We are committed to widening access to medical education and raising aspirations for local people to consider a role in healthcare.

Staff testimonial

“The purpose of this medical school is not to give the UK another 50 or 100 doctors, it’s to give Cumbria 50 or 100 doctors, the majority of whom will stay in the area, practise in the area, and help the area get an advanced healthcare system.”
Professor Vassilios Papalois
Professor of Transplantation Surgery and Consultant Transplant and General Surgeon
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