UCL is the top medical school in the capital and ranked 4th in the UK, and for the L&D it’s a recognition of the excellent teaching student doctors receive there.
An inauguration event in the L&D’s Centre of Medical Education and Training was attended by guests from UCL, medical students, consultants and clinical colleagues.
Director of medical education at the L&D, Dr Mark Alexander, said: “Becoming a University Teaching Hospital is the realization of a longstanding ambition.
“Arriving at this point is the next stage in our challenge to focus on clinical excellence, quality and safety. The enthusiasm and determination of our Chief Executive, Pauline Philip with the support of the Hospital Chairman, Governors and Board have helped make full university teaching status a reality. This is a great milestone in the history of the L&D and means that we can now train more doctors here than ever before.”
Final year medical students from UCL who attended the inauguration praised their L&D clinical tutors and were delighted that they should receive the recognition of university teaching status.
Professor Jane Dacre, director of the school of medicine for UCL also attended the event,
She said: “We are delighted that the L&D has become part of the UCL family helping to deliver high quality and breadth in medical education. The L&D leadership team has shown how much they value medical training and this has been essential to the creation of a very positive relationship between students and tutors which will have an excellent impact on future doctors and patients.”