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More doctors of the future will be able to train at the University of Plymouth thanks to a government allocation of 17 additional places.
The news was announced this week as part of the government’s latest step to deliver the NHS Long Term Workforce plan, including a commitment to doubling medical school places in England by 2031.
The latest round sees places allocated across the country for 2025-26 – specifically targeted to address disparities in the distribution of places and support under-doctored areas – and enables the University’s Peninsula Medical School to further its aim to train, employ and retain local talent.

Plymouth trains over 150 students per year, and these additional numbers will enable us to make even more of a difference to local healthcare, and ultimately the wider community.

We are proud of what we offer here, and strongly encourage anyone interested in a career in medicine to find out more in anticipation of applying.

Laura Bowater MBELaura Bowater MBE
Head of Peninsula Medical School

Upon commencing their studies, Plymouth’s medical students benefit from innovative anatomy teaching using state of the art facilities and experience working with patients from across the region through the University’s partnerships with local Trusts and health care providers.
Throughout their programme, they also benefit from interprofessional learning with students across disciplines in the Faculty of Health – mirroring the teamwork environment that they will encounter in their future careers.
According to the annual General Medical Council survey of Foundation doctors, Plymouth’s graduates consistently report the highest measures of feeling prepared for professional practice.
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Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, said of the national announcement allocating 350 places overall:
“This is a hugely important moment for the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan and marks one of the first steps towards our ambition to train more doctors in England than ever before – the record expansion will help us boost care for patients right across the country.
“The ambitious blueprint for our workforce, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put NHS staffing on a sustainable footing, particularly as we continue to adapt to new and rising demand for health services.”

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