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50 at 50: Reflections on my time at Nottingham Medical School: Achieving excellence in primary care and applied health research

My first memory of Nottingham Medical School was attending for interview for a medical school place in 1980. To my mind Nottingham had the most exciting progressive course in the country, and I particularly liked the emphasis on medicine in the community. At interview Professor Richard Madeley asked what I would do if I had …

50 at 50: Women in Medicine – Pain Inequality: A Healthcare Bias  

Although we are fortunate in the UK to be protected by the NHS, we unfortunately still are plagued with implicit biases which can be detrimental to the beneficence of patients. Healthcare inequality is a broad term used to call attention to the way medicine is unjustly researched, practised, taught and highlighted to the public. The term ‘bias’ is used to refer implicit stereotypes, prejudices and raises …

50 at 50: PINCER – transforming healthcare

Medication errors in general practice are an important and expensive preventable cause of patient safety incidents associated with morbidity, hospitalisations and deaths. PINCER is a pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care and was developed and tested by researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, led by Prof Tony Avery and Dr …

50 at 50: The life and times of Professor David Walker

Professor David Walker, Professor of Paediatric Oncology, began his journey in medicine as part of one of our first few undergraduate medicine cohorts, graduating in 1977. His career has taken him across the globe, but he returned to the University of Nottingham as a senior lecturer in 1990 before becoming a professor in 2005. This …

Respiratory Medicine and Covid-19

Over the past ten months, the Nottingham University Hospital’s clinical response to the Covid-19 pandemic has taken up most of the available time and resources of the Medical School’s Division of Respiratory Medicine, and its associated clinicians.    Professor Dominick Shaw had just started as Head of Respiratory Medicine for Nottingham University Hospitals when the first cases of Covid-19 coronavirus were …

50 at 50: Innovations in Medical Education Conference

Celebrations of 50 years of Medicine and 30 years of Nursing at Nottingham are in full swing and the conference on Innovations in Medical Education held on the 13 January was a fitting part of these events.  The programme included speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and covered ground-breaking research, medical careers, entry into …

50 at 50: Raising the stakes in medical education

It has been quite a year, not least for healthcare professionals working at the front line of patient care. Counted among that group are scholars registered on one of the postgraduate Medical Education programmes at the University of Nottingham. As a course faculty, we are immensely proud of all of them, working hard to enhance …

50 at 50: How Dr Lindsey Davies is inspiring the next generation of doctors

I have just commenced my third year of studying medicine at the University of Nottingham, and since day one I have seized any exciting opportunities that I have become aware of. Being a clinic lead for societies, including Teddy Bear Hospital and HEARTSTART, has been very enlightening and rewarding, while my current role as President …

50 at 50: Reflections on directing the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and being a Welsh sheepdog during the pandemic

On September 30th 2020, I stepped down as the Director of the NIHR HTA Programme after five very busy years. To set the scene, The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme sits within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)  – the UK’s largest funder of health and social care research funded by the UK Government. HTA is the largest NIHR Programme and in 2018/19, it supported 584 live projects …

50 at 50: The First Year of Graduate Entry Medicine

I was delighted to be asked to do this blog to reflect on my time as a student at the University of Nottingham and talk about coming back to the University as a member of staff.   I started at Nottingham University back in 2003. I still find it hard to believe that this was 17 years ago! This was the first year of the Graduate Entry Medical (GEM) course, the first 18 …