Edge Hill University has appointed professor Kevin Hardy as its new medical school head.

Qualifying in medicine in 1984, Professor Hardy was medical director of one of England’s most successful NHS hospitals for much of the past 10 years and is now set to take charge of undergraduate medical education at the university. He will lead the development and delivery of a distinctive undergraduate programme with an emphasis on widening access to medicine, community and primary care, mental health and inter-professional learning that better equips doctors to work more effectively as part of a team in the local healthcare system and the modern NHS.

“Leading the development of a new generation of doctors who better understand the needs of local communities is an exciting challenge,” he explained, "By engaging with the local community, health partners, social care and the third sector from Year 1, our students will qualify with a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of the wider determinants of health and of the multiplicity of roles and services that support and promote the health and wellbeing of people in local communities.”