An exciting new partnership, RCPE Manchester, which will drive innovation and understanding in medicine, has been announced today (Tuesday 6 June) by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

RCPE Manchester will deliver a programme of clinical and academic learning, training and research in the north of England.

RCPE Manchester will create new opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and expertise between the two organisations including:

  • Seminars on a range of ‘hot topic’ issues
  • Sharing the college’s educational programme, including live-streamed events
  • Regional college meetings held in Manchester
  • Collaborating to develop educational courses and continuing professional development opportunities
  • Development of postgraduate qualifications
  • Collating opinion on local health, education, service and research issues
  • Collaborating to influence UK health policy

A two year programme of clinical and academic events is under development but the first RCPE Manchester activities will include a series of RCPE Evening Medical Updates commencing in summer 2017.  The RCPE Medical Trainees' Conference is planned for February 2018.

The collaboration is being launched in Manchester with an inaugural lecture by eminent academic, Professor Nicholas Jones, Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre.  Professor Jones, who has led cancer research in the city for nearly 20 years, will deliver his views on ‘Cancer Research in Manchester: the power of partnership’.

Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

“The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has a long history of developing standards of medical care and training in order to deliver the best possible care to patients.

“As a college with members throughout the UK, we are delighted to be working with Manchester Academic Health Science Centre to establish a presence and expand our work in the north of England.

“Given our complementary experience, skills and networks, RCPE Manchester will progress innovation and understanding in medicine by sharing our knowledge and expertise and working together to drive forward the best standards in healthcare”.

“We welcome the establishment of RCPE Manchester and are delighted to be in partnership with the college which has a global reputation for clinical excellence” said Professor Ian Greer, MAHSC Director.

“Our combined offering through the collaboration naturally fits with one of MAHSC’s central objectives as an academic health science centre; provision of high quality training and education for healthcare professionals.

‘This new venture comes at an exciting time for Manchester as we capitalise on the opportunities brought about by the city’s devolved health and social care budget and multi-million pound investment in our clinical research and associated infrastructure.RCPE Manchester will provide first-class learning, training and professional development options to healthcare colleagues at all stages of their careers.”

A board has been established to guide and oversee the development of RCPE Manchester’s programme and the venture is being staffed by an academic lead from MAHSC, a programme lead from the college and a programme co-ordinator.

MAHSC is a partnership between The University of Manchester and six highly rated NHS organisations in Greater Manchester.


Sara Collier, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Tel: 0131 247 3658

Lynn Prime, MAHSC, Tel: 0161 306 0639


1. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is a professional membership organisation governed by a Royal Charter. With over 12,000 Fellows and Members worldwide, it supports the delivery of the highest possible standards of medical care through education and the development of clinical and professional standards. The College is committed to evidence based medicine and supports clinical research, particularly translational research, and the dissemination and adoption of the results of research. Furthermore, the College facilitates consensus building where there are research gaps.

2.         The Department of Health accredited Manchester Academic Health Science Centre helps to improve the health of Greater Manchester's 2.8 million population through the integration of leading research, excellence in medical and healthcare education, and outstanding patient care.  Focusing on Precision Medicine, Experimental Medicine and Health Informatics enables the translation of research into practice, at scale and pace, as part of the drive to deliver better health outcomes and economic growth.

MAHSC is one of six academic health science centres in England.  Its partners are The University of Manchester, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. For more information visit:

3.         Professor Nicholas Jones is Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a unique partnership between Cancer Research UK, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester, and Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre.  He also leads a research team at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.