RCPE ManchesterRCPE Manchester is our exciting partnership with Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC). MAHSC has since been incorporated into Health Innovation Manchester (HinM). The aims of the partnership are an education and research partnership to drive innovation and understanding in medicine.

RCPE Manchester creates 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

Manchester is also home to the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility which connects world-leading researchers based at The University of Manchester and four NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester, with a joint vision to drive forward the transformation of scientific breakthroughs into life-saving treatments and care for patients.

Progressing innovation & understanding in medicine

RCPE Manchester launchA 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 Health Innovation Manchester, a programme lead from the college and a programme co-ordinator.

A two year programme of clinical and academic events started in 2017. The RCPE Manchester activities include a series of RCPE Evening Medical Updates and Symposium. See our forthcoming programme of events for more details.

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

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

“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.”

Professor Ian Greer, MAHSC Director, said:

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

"RCPE Manchester will provide first-class learning, training and professional development options to healthcare colleagues at all stages of their careers."



Our first two years...


Professor Peter Trainer, Director of RCPE Manchester          

We have completed our first two at RCPE Manchester, and have achieved a great deal in that time! Since our launch in June 2017 and inaugural lecture by Professor Nic Jones of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, we have hosted the RCPE Medical Trainees conference at University Place, presented a series of Evening Medical Updates (EMUs), hosted two innovative medico-legal debates on important ethical issues and held our first hugely successful Maternal Medicine Symposium, encompassing the second of our annual lectures by Professor Ian Greer, outgoing Director of MAHSC.

RCPE Manchester provides a number of educational opportunities for medical professionals and plenty of chances to gain valuable CPD points.

In November 2018, we collaborated with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership for the Greater Manchester Clinical Leaders’ Summit, and hosted the RCPE’s Research Symposium for Undergraduate and Foundation trainees, which took place for the first time in Manchester. 

In February 2019 we held another well received symposium on Living Beyond Cancer.

In April 2019, for the first time, we held a MRCP (UK) Diploma Ceremony, along with a RCPE Council meeting in Manchester. 

There's more to find out about all of these in the sections below.

In keeping with the College's innovative use of technology to reach audiences far and wide, RCPE Manchester has set up a number of livestreams between Edinburgh and Manchester, using videoconferencing, cameras and microphones. This has enabled audiences in Manchester to participate live in events based in Edinburgh. The medico-legal debates have included topics such as the Dr Bawa-Garba case and the Assisted Dying Bill. 

Evening Medical Updates are a series of free, monthly lectures on the top medical presentations as as defined in the General Internal Medicine training curriculum, and are delivered by the Trainees & Members committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. They are primarily aimed at doctors in training and medical students, but attract a wide range including hospital doctors, GP's and nurses. Each EMU consists of three 30 minute lectures and attracts 2 CPD credits.

EMU's in Manchester are currently being streamed to the University Hospital of South Manchester (contact Dr Phillipa Killingworth). Information on the remaining EMU's scheduled for 2019 are available here.

Our next event - Adherence - A Bitter Pill to Swallow, takes place on 2 October 2019 - more details of the programme and how to register can be found here.

We hope to see some of you at our future events, and if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you would like to share with us, we’d be glad to hear from you!

Medical Research Symposium for Students and Foundation Doctors


2018 saw the RCPE Medical Research Symposium for students and foundation doctors being held for the first time in Manchester. This was a popular event with delegates attending from all over the UK.

As undergraduates and foundation doctors carry out a wide range of research, this dedicated symposium offers an opportunity to present findings, have early career research published, build networks and hear from established research leaders about their own experience in developing research careers.

Going forward, the Medical Research Symposium will alternate each year between Edinburgh and Manchester.  Further information on this year's event in Edinburgh can be found here.


Living Beyond Cancer Symposium

Our first symposium for 2019 -  Living Beyond Cancer: ‘Optimising the quality of life in patients treated for Cancer’ took place on 5 February 2019 at the Dalton Rooms in Manchester. 

As more people are living beyond cancer, the Symposium looked at and addressed some of the challenges arising from the successful treatment of cancer that have an impact on the quality of life of patients.

The speakers and attendees were multidisciplinary professionals involved in cancer care such as Oncologists, Cardiologists, Reproductive Gynaecologists, specialist nurses and medical specialists with an interest in bone disease. 

There was a broad audience - consultants and trainees, doctors from many disciplines and other health practitioners.  This provided everyone with an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded medical professionals, and discuss the issues that mattered to them.

We’ve received some great responses from participants at the Symposium:


MRCP(UK) Diploma Ceremony



For the first time, the MRCP (UK) Diploma Ceremony for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh was held in Manchester in April 2019. We were fortunate to have the use of the beautiful Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester, on a glorious early spring morning!

This was very sucessful, and diplomates and their families commented that they had an enjoyable day at the ceremony. The College intends to hold both another diploma ceremony and Council meeting in Manchester during 2020.

Upcoming events in 2019

Click here to find out more about future events in RCPE Manchester.



Professor Peter Trainer, Head of RCPE Manchester

Sushee Dunn, Head of Quality, Research and Standards - +44 (0)131 247 3615

Shona Costa, RCPE Manchester Programme Coordinator - +44 (0)131 247 3616