The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has announced the appointment of a well-known medic, celebrated for his work in healthcare training.
Dr Johann Malawana will take on the new role of a senior fellow in UCLan’s School of Medicine, responsible for leading the development of a collaborative new research unit exploring innovations in digital education and health.
Commenting on his new role, Dr Malawana said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me to work alongside UCLan in the creation of a new research centre for digital health and education, which we hope will ultimately increase quality of care and make health services more person-centred both at home and abroad.”
Work in healthcare education and training
Dr Malawana is a former leader of the junior doctor dispute in 2015 and, more recently, was the Lead for Education and Training in Healthcare at the UK’s Department for International Trade. He is also the CEO and Founder of the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) and Medics.Academy.
The HLA is a social enterprise that works towards the training and promotion of leadership in healthcare globally, while the Medics.Academy platform is helping to contribute solutions to the workforce crisis in healthcare through innovative, technology-enhanced learning products.
“UCLan has also worked alongside the HLA and the Medics.Academy to provide a rigorous academic underpinning to the programmes we’ve developed. The new fellowship is recognition of our existing collaboration which I’m excited to now take to the next level,” added Dr Malawana.
Nigel Garratt, Deputy Head, School of Medicine at UCLan, added: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Johann. His philosophy and approach to medical education, much like ours, will widen access to the profession and make a real change and impact on the health sector nationally and internationally.”
As part of the initiative, the University will continue to work alongside the HLA and the Medics.Academy, providing scholars from both organisations with the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study at UCLan.