Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has been engaged in a very exciting project to establish its first overseas medical school campus – in Malta. This is part of a wider initiative of the Government of Malta to improve the healthcare offered to its citizens and, furthermore, to make Malta a regional hub for high quality clinical practice. As well as building a new Medical School for Barts in Malta, this involves major refurbishment of two hospitals in the country.
Professor Anthony Warrens, a Physicians’ Clinic consultant, has been leading this project in his capacity as Dean for Education at Barts. It has been very exciting and has involved him in extensive fascinating work, such as negotiating with Government and building relationships with a medical establishment in a different country. It has been a great challenge but very stimulating and enjoyable.
Professor Warrens was invited to talk about this project at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Malta and was delighted that the Maltese Prime Minister regards the project as having such a high priority that it was the only one he selected for a personal presentation to H.M. The Queen when she was in Malta for the Conference. The Queen was very interested in the project, not least because of the satisfaction she takes from seeing Commonwealth countries collaborate. When she lived in Malta in the late 1940s, her home was very close to St Luke’s Hospital and she remembered it well. She expressed pleasure that it formed part of this venture.
Professor Warrens expects that Barts will take their first students in Malta in 2017.