Dr Ambar Basu (MDBBS) has been appointed to the post of Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer – reporting to Jane Howarth as Head of School.

Ambar joins us during week commencing 7th June 2017 on a 0.5 FTE basis for three years.

This is a joint appointment with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and represents the University’s first joint appointment.

Ambar is currently employed at Bolton NHS Foundation trust as a Consultant Physician in Diabetes & Endocrinology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), has completed a PGCE in Medical Education from Edgehill University and is a RCP College Tutor/Specialty Tutor in Medicine. He has been appointed to help the School develop its new and innovative Physician Associate post graduate programme. It is anticipated that this new programme will roll out in January 2018.

The Physician Associate profession was created to improve and expand healthcare. It originates from the mid-1960s in America when it was recognised that there was a shortage of primary care physicians, and thus the Physician Associate role was created. The role is well recognised and established in America, yet in the UK the role is a relatively new but a growing one – with current statistics indicating a shortage of physicians in the UK. Therefore, the flexibility of the Physician Associate role and the relatively short training they undertake in comparison to the more traditional Medicine (MBBS) programme route to become a physician is not only appealing to local healthcare providers but could help reform how we deliver health care in the UK.

It is within this context that the post graduate Physician Associate programme at Bolton is being developed – a programme that will meet the needs of not only the students who are undertaking the programme but also the local service needs. Discussions have been held with local NHS service providers who have confirmed they wish to work in partnership with the University to develop this role and to meet their workforce development needs.  This in itself will result in high employability for our students on completion of this new programme

This programme will be accredited by the RCP which in itself will not only broaden our profile within the medical arena but will be an incentive for potential students to study here.


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