Institute of Medical Sciences to help transform local health provision

21 January 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University has officially opened its new Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS), based at its Medway Campus.

The Institute will offer research and medical education opportunities for clinicians, as well as a Medical Innovation Hub to support them in developing new and creative ideas for practice.

A stem cell research and advanced bioengineering laboratory has been purpose built to ensure the Institute will be at the forefront of research and studies in biomedical engineering. It is equipped with the technology needed to support the latest innovations in stem cell culturing, bioengineering, computing and 3D printing.

Also on offer is a broad portfolio of postgraduate medical education programmes to enhance clinical skills and knowledge to enable career advancement, in areas including cardiology, otorhinolaryngology and minimally invasive surgery (general surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics and urology). The Institute will also be the first in the south east to offer the new Physician Associate training programme.


LtoR: Peter Milburn, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Cllr Barry Kemp, Professor Tony Young, Professor Anan Shetty and Debra Teasdale

Peter Milburn, Director of the Institute, explained: “Canterbury Christ Church University has worked in partnership with local health care providers for over 20 years to help identify and meet the needs of our local communities.

“Universities play a significant role in supporting the evolution of medical sciences through cutting edge research and education, and the development of our Institute of Medical Sciences is the next stage in the University’s medical education provision. It will offer the opportunity for top clinicians to remain in Kent to continue their development, as well as have the potential to attract key personnel into the region.”

Professor Graeme Dewhurst, Postgraduate Dean for Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS), said: “HEKSS is delighted to support the new Institute of Medical Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, which offers a wide range of stimulating educational and research activities to support the current and future workforce. We are also delighted to support a number of Fellowship posts between Christ Church and the NHS locally.

Professor Abdollah Tavabie, Chair of the Institute of Medical Sciences Advisory Board added: “We believe that the Institute will have significant impact preparing the current and future local health care workforce and have a positive influence on the population of Kent’s health.”

The Medical Innovation Hub will provide a forum for research active clinicians to discuss and debate ideas and work in collaboration with University staff to develop new and innovative medical products and interventions.


Professor Tony Young

Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Director at NHS England officially opened the Institute. Professor Young’s role helps to provide clinical leadership and support in delivering improvement across the NHS, with a special focus on medical innovation and generating economic growth through innovation.  

He said: “We are facing challenges within the NHS: a health and wellbeing gap, a care and equality gap and a productivity gap. By adopting the latest medical innovations, we can rise to the challenge and help transform patient care and experience. We need to be brave and re-invent the way we offer care, because at the moment we are wedded to an old system that was not made for the health challenges we are facing now and in the future.

“Universities are fundamental to changing local health provisions for the better. Canterbury Christ Church University has demonstrated their ability to deliver practical skills and now, with the new Institute, will be able to deliver the skills needed to help develop a new type of NHS. The Innovation Hub is an incredible opportunity for clinicians to create innovations to improve efficiency and quality, decrease costs and transform your local health provision.”

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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