The building is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the University of Buckingham Medical School. To mark the beginning of construction of the state-of-the-art building, the University of Buckingham and the hospital have created a joint time capsule for future generations of medical students and healthcare professionals. This will be sealed on the site of the new building on Monday 19 September.
Ideas for the time capsule have come from the staff at the hospital and from the 62 medical students who will be training full-time at the hospital from next year. Objects include a Pinard or ‘Trumpet’ stethoscope used to listen to unborn babies and a letter from the first group of Buckingham medical students to their colleagues of the future.
The University of Buckingham received a £2m grant from South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), as part of the Local Growth Fund initiative, which has helped to make the project possible.
The new Academic Centre will provide an outstanding resource for medical education and training for students, doctors, nurses and health professionals throughout the hospital.
Planned facilities in the pioneering building include a simulated operating theatre and a video link showing live procedures taking place in the hospital’s operating theatres, working replicas of clinical wards, and a 200-seat lecture theatre with capacity to stream lectures throughout the building.
University of Buckingham Chief Operating Officer, Professor John Clapham, said: “This building is an important symbol of the way the partnership between the university and the hospital has developed. We’ve been working closely with the Trust over a number of years and the building is a symbol of the University’s commitment both to the Trust and on delivering high quality medical education.
“It has proved to be a very successful relationship. The University of Buckingham opened its doors as the country’s first independent Medical School in January 2015. Our main hub for clinical training is at Milton Keynes University Hospital. Our curriculum focuses on training doctors who will treat patients as people and have an excellent bedside manner as well as great clinical skills. Milton Keynes University Hospital has already proved to be invaluable to students needing to gain the vital skills and expertise needed to handle the situations they may face.”
Professor Joe Harrison, chief executive of Milton Keynes University Hospital, said: “This is an incredibly exciting partnership, establishing our hospital as a centre of learning, education and academic excellence in the NHS. We are proud to be working with the University of Buckingham Medical School to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors. Today’s ceremony marks the beginning of the next phase in the development of the hospital and confirms our commitment to education and training as a critical component in the provision of safe, effective care for patients now and in the future”.
Guests for the time capsule ceremony include Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes South and Councillor Steve Coventry, Mayor of Milton Keynes, who has also written a letter to be included in the capsule for future generations of Milton Keynes.