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50 at 50: LGBT+ History Month

This latest instalment in a series of blogs to mark the 50/30 celebrations of medicine and nursing at Nottingham coincides with LGBT+ History month, serendipity of which I will take full advantage. The Medical School was opened  just three years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.  In the intervening decades,  there is no …

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: Integrating clinical care, research and education in the management of older women with breast cancer

As a breast surgeon who finished training in Hong Kong, I came to Nottingham in 1995 as my sabbatical to learn from the world-famous Professor Roger Blamey, Professor of Surgical Sciences, University of Nottingham.  Roger established the Nottingham Breast Unit in 1970s and developed the Nottingham Prognostic Index (NPI), now being used internationally to provide …

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: PRIMIS – Transforming primary care data 

Alongside the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the School of Medicine, a small but important team within the School is celebrating a significant birthday itself in 2020.  Over the past 20 years PRIMIS has become the leader in extracting knowledge and value from primary care data, helping to achieve better health outcomes across the UK.  The PRIMIS team produces highly effective and …

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 …

50 at 50: Students responding to 999 calls in Nottingham

By your side  I’ve dressed your bloody wounds  Held your hands and kept you warm  When we stepped in the prognosis looked poor  Medicine is complicated but CPR is simple and that time you got a second chance  We help triple immobilise, sometimes medicate, always dedicate ourselves to our patients  Patience is our virtue, but we know when urgency …

50 at 50: Sir Peter Rubin: Overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities

Sir Peter Rubin was Professor of Therapeutics at Nottingham from 1987 – 2014 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 1997 – 2003.  While at Nottingham, Sir Peter led a number of momentous developments within the Faculty, including the development of the Graduate Entry Medical School in Derby and the Nottingham …