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University of Exeter Medical School


National Health Service partnership 

We work closely with the NHS to build clinical research excellence capacity in the region; through continued professional development (CPD) to build the skills profile of the workforce; and deliver health improvements in a regional context. 

Our joint commitment to the highest standards of medical education contributes to the essential modernisation required to deliver the government’s NHS Plan and our region’s requirements. It also ensures the right environment to support the way doctors are trained in line with the General Medical Council’s guidance. 

The University of Exeter Medical School works with the following NHS Trusts and partners to deliver our medical education: 

Regional partnerships 

In addition to our work with regional NHS partner Trusts, UEMS has successfully managed to create numerous research partnerships and has gained significant funding from organisations such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help build its research capacity steadily in a very testing financial environment. 

The NIHR Exeter Biomedical Research Centre is part of the NIHR and hosted by the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Exeter and in collaboration with South West NHS organisations. 

Visit the BRC website 

PenARC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula. 

Visit the PenARC website 

The NIHR PenTag unit is a team of researchers within Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement (ESMI) that specialise in conducting health technology assessment for national policy makers in England and Wales. PenTAG is one of several university-based research groups in the UK contracted to produce high quality systematic reviews and economic analyses of health technologies for NICE, the UK National Screening Committee and the NIHR HTA programme. 

Find out more about PenTAG 

The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility facilitates clinical and translational (from "bench to bedside") research for the benefit of patients in the West Country. 

Specifically developed to provide support in the form of facilities and staff to medical researchers in the region, it supports an extensive range of research projects and provides facilities including a vascular medicine research suite, a clinical research suite, molecular biology facilities, an MRI research centre and two treatment rooms adapted for paediatric research. 

The main gateway for public participation in CRF research is through the Exeter 10,000 project, which aims to engage 10% of the adult population of Exeter and the surrounding areas in research. This study is a research register and a biobank. By participating in a 30 minute health assessment, volunteers donate samples that may be used hundreds of times in the future by scientists who are studying the causes of disease. 

Find out more about the Clinical Research Facility    

Exeter is the relationship holder for the Peninsula IQVIA Prime site which results in the South West being a preferred partner for clinical trials from IQVIA and also to work strategically with IQVIA to enhance clinical trials delivery in the South West. 

The network brings together all of the region's NHS Trusts, all four Clinical Commissioning Groups and two Universities to improve and sustain the healthcare system for current and future generations of patients and prioritise funding solutions for problems which affect the largest numbers of patients and put the greatest stress on our health care systems in the South West. 

Visit the South West Academic Health Science Network website