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 understand in medicine.

Find out more about our upcoming events in RCPE Manchester

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.

Our First Year

Note from Professor Peter Trainer, Director of RCPE Manchester

We have completed our first year 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, continued to present a series of Evening Medical Updates (EMUs), hosted two innovative medico-legal debates on important ethical issues and held a hugely successful Maternal Medicine Symposium, encompassing the second of our annual lectures by Professor Ian Greer, outgoing Director of MAHSC.

We are continuing to plan events for the remainder of 2018 into 2019. In November, 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 in Manchester this year. There are plans also for two symposia on Survivorship and Adherence. Visit our event calendar for details. In April 2019, we hope to hold the MRCP Diploma ceremony at Whitworth Hall in Manchester for the first time. More information on this to follow.  

RCPE Manchester provides a number of educational opportunities for medical professionals and plenty of chances to gain valuable CPD points. Please forward this newsletter to your colleagues as we are endeavouring to build our database of contacts. We hope to see some of you at our events.  If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you would like to share with us, we’d be glad to hear from you!

Maternal Medicine Symposium

This summer saw the first Symposium on Maternal Medicine which was a hugely successful collaboration with senior colleagues at Manchester University Foundation Trust.

Almost 100 delegates attended the Roscoe Building and excellent feedback was received, with one attendee commenting when asked what they had enjoyed about the day:

"All of it. An outstanding educational day - great to have the RCPE presence in Manchester."

Dr Sarah Vause, Symposium Chair, stated that the event had done:

"A really good thing for pregnant mothers with underlying medical problems."

Medical Research Symposium for Students and Foundation Doctors

2018 also saw our 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.

Evening Medical Updates (EMUs) and Medico-Legal Debates

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.

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 has commenced. 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."



Professor Peter Trainer, Head of RCPE Manchester

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