07 November 2013

Ian Cumming visits HYMS

"We exist to help improve the quality of care for all patients," said Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive of Health Education England, when he visited HYMS at Hull Royal Infirmary yesterday.

He chatted to students, alumni and staff about the medical school, asking about HYMS' approach to providing integrated teaching and learning opportunities across acute and community healthcare environments. He also wanted to find out more about the medical school's approach to meeting its commitment to improve healthcare within areas of greatest need in the community.

He viewed the clinical skills suites and met senior members of staff from the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust including Phil Morley, Chief Executive, Ian Philp, Chief Medical Officer and Morag Ollsen, Chief Operating Officer. He was accompanied on his tour of HYMS' facilities by David Pearson, HYMS' Deputy Dean (Education) and Adam Wardle, Managing Director of Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.

He spoke to Year 5 students Melody Redman and Jessica Pearce before taking part in discussion groups with student representatives, junior doctors, HYMS alumni, clinical tutors and NHS staff.

He gave a lecture about how HEE could help deliver high quality care. "People in my organisation can get bogged down in spreadsheets and workforce planning and forget we are here to deliver high quality care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said.

He described HEE's roles and responsibilities and outlined its five-year workforce plan for England which aims to ensure supply and demand of NHS staff with the right skills match up in what is now a global marketplace.

"We have to open up and think more laterally and more widely to transform the NHS in the time we have to do it," he said.

The organisation spends £10,000 a minute, 4.9 billion per annum and directly or indirectly funds 159,000 students.

Ian thanked HYMS staff for organising his visit and said how impressed he was with the HYMS students he met.

Ian Cumming is third from the right. He is pictured with, from left, Margaret Ward, Ros Low, David Pearson, Adam Wardle, Melody Redman, Jessica Pearce and Ganesh Devarajan