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Date: 19 June 2021
Further information about the RCDM
The Centre was formally opened on 2 April 2001 by HRH the Princess Royal and given approval by The Queen that the title "Royal" may be applied to the centre from 1 April 2002.
It was particularly fitting that the opening ceremony should be performed by the Princess Royal, as it was her husband, Captain Timothy Laurence, who wrote the original Ministry of Defence report advocating the creation of the Centre for Defence Medicine.
The first RCDM staff to arrive at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust were seven nurses who joined the Accident and Emergency Department in September 2000. They have since been joined by doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff who work throughout the Trust and now total approximately 600 in number.
The personnel who work within RCDM all have roles away from Birmingham, and many have been involved in the recent military operations abroad in accordance with the centres primary function.
RCDM will continue to grow to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Defence and the Trust and will be an integral part of the New Hospital.
As part of the development of RCDM, as a centre of excellence for defence medical research, the Royal Defence Medical College relocated from Gosport to Birmingham and is now a part of the University of Birmingham's Medical School. In this role RCDM has developed innovative training and education programmes and research of relevance to civilian and military medicine.
The project has also involved other agencies across Birmingham, including the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. It is at this latter institution where the Defence School of Health Care Studies is based and is responsible, in conjunction with the university, for the provision of training to all military nurses and allied health professionals.
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