Teaching hospitals could potentially apply for their own taught degree awarding powers, a leading education lawyer has suggested.
Glynne Stanfield, who heads the higher education practice at Eversheds, last month told a conference organised by the law firm
that many NHS foundation trusts met the criteria required to achieve TDAP.
At present, medical schools share teaching hospitals’ sites while being institutionally separate. The Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, for example, is part of Queen Mary, University of London.
Achieving their own TDAP would allow NHS trusts to award degrees without the need for such relationships. This would give hospitals an extra income stream, Stanfield told EducationInvestor. "But almost more importantly, it gives them a degree of control over how they teach, to ensure the students that emerge are trained as they would wish them to be trained."
The Quality Assurance Agency sets out the criteria for institutions wishing to apply for their own TDAP.
These include having delivered degree-level education to a high standard for five years; and having highly educated staff who have experience of teaching, assessment and curriculum development at other higher education institutions.
Qualifying institutions must also be "a well found, cohesive and self-critical academic community that demonstrates firm guardianship of its standards", the QAA says.