London has five medical schools, three dental schools, a school of pharmacy and two postgraduate clinical academic institutions. This is an enormous concentration of medical higher education, unrivaled anywhere in the UK and with few international comparisons.
This powerhouse of education and research is sustained by a large community of students, academics and clinical practitioners. Making best use of this large community and their knowledge and expertise, many national health regulators, charities and Royal Colleges are also based in London.
- 29% of UK medical students and 26% of UK dental students
- 6,996 academic staff teaching medicine and dentistry
- an NHS workforce of over 150,000 people
- all the medical Royal Colleges of England
London’s healthcare schools are active in their recruitment of disadvantaged students in the health professions, ensuring London’s workforce reflects its population.
Read the supporting articles and case studies on the left hand side to find out more about the London medical, dental and pharmacy community.