Nurses and other non-medical health care workers are to have a chance to become doctors in an innovative training programme in Scotland.
25 places are to be offered at Edinburgh University as part of a project aimed at tackling the country’s chronic shortage of GPs.
Students will study part-time for three years and then undertake two years of full-time study before graduating with a medical degree.
The university cites nurses, pharmacists and paramedics as likely applicants for the course.
Two other medical school programmes in Scotland will also focus students on general practice with 30 student places are to be created at Aberdeen University, offering an enhanced GP programme and in Glasgow, 30 students will also have “enhanced exposure” to primary care.
Professor Moira Whyte, the Edinburgh University’s head of medicine, said: “By combining new technologies and traditional medical teaching in general practice and hospital settings, we hope to reduce barriers that have previously deterred people from moving between health professions. We expect the scheme will make an important contribution to addressing doctor shortages across Scotland.”