“Leading the development of a new generation of doctors who better understand the needs of local communities is an exciting challenge,” says Professor Kevin Hardy, who has recently been appointed Head of Undergraduate Medicine at Edge Hill University’s new Medical School.
Qualifying in medicine in 1984, Professor Hardy was medical director of one of England’s most successful NHS hospitals for much of the past 10 years and is now looking forward to shaping undergraduate medical education at Edge Hill University.
He will lead the development and delivery of a distinctive undergraduate programme with an emphasis on widening access to medicine, community and primary care, mental health and inter-professional learning that better equips doctors to work more effectively as part of a team in the local healthcare system and the modern NHS.
“By engaging with the local community, health partners, social care and the third sector from Year 1, our students will qualify with a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of the wider determinants of health and of the multiplicity of roles and services that support and promote the health and wellbeing of people in local communities.” said Professor Hardy.
The University’s new Medical School is the only new free-standing medical school in the North West and has an explicit aim to raise expectations of disadvantaged children, to inspire them to achieve – and to encourage more young people from underprivileged backgrounds to choose a career in medicine.
Professor Hardy, a practising consultant physician, was himself the first person in his family to go to University; his own career in medicine began in Liverpool where he trained and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians; he then did neuroscience research at Keele University in the late 1980s before moving to America in 1992 to research brittle diabetes and AIDS. He was appointed senior medical registrar in Edinburgh and then joined St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in 1995.
Offering advice to anyone thinking about a career in the medicine, he said: “Taking time to listen, respecting others’ views and helping people make the right personal choices are fundamental. I sometimes know more, but my patients know best.”
For more information about the University’s five-year MBChB Medicine undergraduate programme that focuses on developing future doctors, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/medicine/
This undergraduate programme will complement the University’s well established postgraduate medical provision www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/