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UCLan medical school confirms new senior medic hire

Posted on - 19th July, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan
Dr Johann Malawana

A nationally celebrated medic who is at the forefront of revolutionising healthcare training worldwide is set to start a senior role at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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Dr Johann Malawana, former leader of the junior doctor dispute in 2015 and more recently Lead for Education and Training in Healthcare at the UK’s Department for International Trade, has been appointed as a senior fellow within UCLan’s School of Medicine.

The influential physician will head the development of a collaborative new research unit exploring innovations in digital education and health, creating tools which can be used in the UK and globally.

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Dr Malawana said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me to work alongside UCLan in the creation of a new research centre for digital health and education which we hope will ultimately increase quality of care and make health services more person-centred both at home and abroad.”

The renowned doctor is also the CEO and founder of the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) and Medics.Academy.

The HLA is an internationally recognised social enterprise for the training and promotion of leadership in healthcare globally while the Medics.Academy platform is helping to contribute solutions to the workforce crisis in healthcare through innovative technology enhanced learning products.

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UCLan’s Nigel Garratt, Deputy Head, School of Medicine said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Johann. His philosophy and approach to medical education, much like ours, will widen access to the profession and make a real change and impact on the health sector nationally and internationally.”

As part of the initiative the University will continue to work alongside the HLA and the Medics.Academy providing scholars from both organisations with the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study at UCLan.

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