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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

New Medical School to strengthen Birmingham's health credentials

Published: 12/06/2014

Aston University has announced plans for a new Medical School which will train a new generation of doctors in the heart of Birmingham, which BSMHFT is proud to be a partner of.

The proposed Aston Medical School (AMS) will cater for 100 medical students each year and include a research institute focused on vascular disease. Planned for opening in autumn 2017, the School will be based on Aston University’s campus in Birmingham City Centre.

The Aston Medical School, backed by BSMHFT, will have a strong emphasis on individual scholarships and financial assistance programmes to encourage social mobility within the West Midlands.

The development of a new Medical School will build upon Aston University’s pioneering health research, including optometry, age related illnesses such as dementia and chronic diseases including diabetes.

John Short, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Birmingham is a city of tremendous vitality and diversity and we are very pleased to support the development of a second medical school in the City.  This development offers the opportunity to attract new and exciting local people into the medical profession, deliver new areas medical expertise and research focus and provide further opportunities to improve the health of our many communities.”