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KIDDERMINSTER MEDICAL SOCIETY

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTIVE BURSARY

 

Applications are invited for the award of a bursary of £1,000 to
help support an elective placement during your time studying for
your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree at a UK Medical School.

The successful recipient of the award will be required to demonstrate
a connection with the Wyre Forest Area of North Worcestershire.
For example this may include:

        Applicants who live or work in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who have lived in the Wyre Forest area within the previous ten years

        Applicants who attended secondary school in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who were born in the Wyre Forest area

The bursary will be available for the 2017/18 academic year and applications should be submitted, including an elective plan,  covering letter confirming eligibility as above and a short CV preferably by email, before the end of October 2017. 

The recipient will be expected to write a short report at the end of the year to update the Society on their progress.

Further information can be obtained from:

 

Miss J M Meggy FRCOG

Kidderminster Medical Society
The Summerhouse
Grey Green Lane
Bewdley
Works.  DY12 1LZ

Email:  jan.meggy@gmail.com

 

 

 
 

 

KIDDERMINSTER MEDICAL SOCIETY

POSTGRADUATE BURSARY

 

Applications are invited for the award of a bursary of £3,000 to help support the first year of a 4, 5 or 6 year Graduate Entry MBChB (or equivalent) course at a UK Medical School.

The successful recipient of the award will be required to demonstrate a connection with the Wyre Forest Area of North Worcestershire. For example this may include:

        Applicants who live or work in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who have lived in the Wyre Forest area within the previous ten years

        Applicants who attended secondary school in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who were born in the Wyre Forest area

The bursary will be available for the 2017/18 academic year and applications should be submitted, preferably by email, before the end of October 2017. 

The recipient will be expected to write a short report at the end of the year to update the Society on their progress.

Further information can be obtained from:

 

Dr M L Lewis

Chairman of Trustees
Kidderminster Medical Society
117 St.Johnís Avenue, Kidderminster,
Worcs. DY11 6AX

Email:  martinlewis283@gmail.com

 

 

 

12th December 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2014/15

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2015 confirmed a balance of £154,555 down from £157,580 in 20012/13. However, I am pleased to report that the Trustís income, from our new COIF Fixed Interest Investment, had improved to £5,998 with a capital appreciation of £3,531. As a result of this improved investment income, despite the expenditure of another £12,085 on four bursary awards, the excess of expenditure over income was down from £6,694 in 2013/14 to £3,025.

We have continued to use the Societyís funds to offer two £3,000 bursaries each year and, for 2014/15, the one allocated to Birmingham University Medical School was awarded to Claire Wallace, a young lady from Edgebaston. Her end of year report and expressions of thanks to the Society for granting her some financial security in the first year of her graduate-entry course, has been posted on the website.  

The second £3,000 bursary for 2014/15 was advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. I was also in contact with all the other 30 medical schools in the UK which offer four or five year graduate-entry medicine courses and last year these various approaches attracted four applicants, three of whom had strong local connections. These included Laura Cowell, who although living out at Bridgnorth, had undertaken some work experience at Church Street and whose mother was a nurse practitioner in that practice. The other two local candidates were Sam Owen-Smith, a Kidderminster resident for 15 years, and Lucy Studd, whose father worked as an anaesthetist in Kidderminster from 2002 until his retirement in 2012. As was the position last year, each of these applications was supported by excellent references and we found it very difficult to choose between them. We, therefore, decided to take the fairer option of awarding bursaries to all three and you can again find each of their end of year reports on the website.

For the current academic year, Birmingham Medical School have put forward as the choice for their bursary allocation, a young lady from Handsworthwood, and our trustees met earlier this month to consider applications for the second bursary. Contact had again been made with all 30 medical schools in the UK and of the resulting six applicants we had to consider, two had strong links to Wyre Forest. As with last year, both of these candidates were supported by excellent references and we have again decided that it would be invidious to choose between them. Fortunately, we still have more than £10,000 in the HSBC current account and can therefore make £3,000 awards to each of them without dipping into the COIF Investment Fund. We hope that you will approve of this decision.

 

                                        Best wishes,

                                        Martin Lewis, Chairman of the Trustees.

 

 

 

 

Dec 13 2014

Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2013/14

In the past 12 months your trustees have noted the sad passing of Geoff Campion who contributed so much to the Society during his many years as a trustee and then as chairman of our group. On a brighter note, we have been very pleased to welcome Jan Cox to our proceedings in place of John Murray.

We have met twice since the last Medical Society AGM and at the first of these meetings we decided to transfer the bulk of the Societyís funds, some £140,000, into Income Units of the COIF Charities Fixed Interest Fund. COIF handles the investments for about 45,000 charities, including the Church of England, and also a number of local authorities. COIF funds have generally returned earnings of more than 4% per annum. However, it must be appreciated that this is a stock market investment fund, the value of which could fluctuate. Thus, it should be considered a long term investment and will have the advantage that investment in a new bond will no longer need to be considered every 2 or 3 years.

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2014 confirm a balance of £157,584 down from £164,274 in 20012/13. You will note from the accounts that the Trustís income was down to £5,591 during that period because of the relatively poor rate of return on the Britannia Bond. As a result of this modest investment income, while increasing our expenditure to £12,085 on four bursary awards, we have to record an excess of expenditure over income of just under £6,700. However, since April the interim financial statement for 1st December reveals that the new COIF investment has produced an improved return of £3,000 for the half year with the £140,000 capital sum appreciating at the same time by more than £3,500.

We have continued to use the Societyís funds to offer two £3,000 bursaries each year and, for 2013/14, the one allocated to Birmingham University Medical School was awarded to Alice Jones, a young lady based in Selly Park. Her end of year report and expressions of thanks to the Society for granting her some financial security in the first year of her graduate-entry course, have been posted on our website.  

The second £3,000 bursary for 2013/14 was advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. I was also again in contact with all the other 14 universities in the UK which offer a graduate-entry medicine course and last year these various approaches attracted ten applications. These included Stephanie Bareford, a Cookley resident, with Lawrence Hopkins from Bewdley  and Shannon Lennock , whose home address was in Hagley. Each of these applications was supported by excellent references and we found it very difficult to choose between them. We were, therefore, prompted to take the fairer option of awarding bursaries to all three and you can again find each of their end of year reports on the website.

For the current academic year, Birmingham Medical School have put forward as the choice for their bursary allocation, a young lady from Edgbaston with an excellent CV, and our trustees met earlier this month to consider four more applications for the second bursary. Unlike previous years, we have decided to widen the bursary eligibility to also include graduates on the full five year medical school programme. This is because we were informed that graduate-entry students on a 4 year course can get a tuition loan for the first year and are subsequently supported by NHS bursaries. On the other hand, graduates on a five year programme have to support themselves entirely in the first 4 years of their course and cannot get a loan from Student Finance at all. Contact was therefore made with all 31 medical schools in the UK and of the resulting four applicants we had to consider, three had strong links to Wyre Forest. As with last year, each of these three was supported by excellent references and we have again decided that it would be invidious to choose between them. Fortunately, we still have more than £17,000 in the HSBC current account and can therefore make £3,000 awards to each of them without dipping into the COIF investment. We hope that you will approve of this decision.

                                        Best wishes,

                                        Martin Lewis, Chairman of the Trustees.

 

 

 

18th June 2014.

                      Re: KMS Postgraduate Bursary Awards for 2014/15.

 Dear Colleagues,

Your Trustees are once again in the process of seeking applications for the bursary awards for the next academic year and have drafted a further advertisement to be posted on this website and in the Education Centre.

As usual, one £3,000 bursary is allocated to Birmingham Medical School and in the last few years this has generally been awarded to a student undertaking the graduate-entry accelerated course in medicine. However, you may note that this year we have decided to modify the offer slightly to include graduate students on full five year courses and we will be sending the same flier with regard to our second £3,000 bursary to all the other 30 medical schools in the UK. This is because it has been brought to our notice that this latter group of students generally suffer greater financial hardship than graduates on four year courses. Details of all the applications received will be given at the Societyís AGM in the autumn.

Best wishes,

Martin Lewis,    Chairman of Trustees.

 

 

December 2013             

                  Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2012/13

Dear Colleagues,

Can I start by recording the resignation of John Murray as a Medical Society Trustee. You may be aware that John has now moved to Norfolk and I am sure that we would all wish to record our thanks to John for his great contribution as a trustee over many years. As for a replacement, I am delighted to report that Jan Meggy has agreed to fill the vacancy.  Wendy Kingston, John Tudor and I are very grateful that she is willing to take on this role and we trust that this choice will be acceptable to the other members of the Society.

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2013 confirmed a balance of £164,274, down from £165,582 in 20011/12. The Trustís income was down to £4,891 during that period because of the relatively poor rate of return on the Britannia Bond. In fact, it is striking to note that over the last two years our investment income from  the Britannia has fallen from £6,761 and, for obvious reasons, is likely to be lower again next year. As a result of this lower investment income, while maintaining our expenditure of £6,000 on two bursary awards, we have to record an excess of expenditure over income of just over £1,300.

The Britannia 2 year bond paying 3.5% per annum matured earlier this month and my initial enquires had suggested that if we had rolled over this investment into another two year bond the interest we would have received was likely to have fallen again to around 2.1%. Perhaps I should also remind you that enquiries around the town a couple of years ago confirmed that no banks were able to accept money from trustee accounts and that no other building societies were offering a more favourable rate than the Britannia. Under these circumstances your trustees decided not to purchase another Britannia bond but to consider placing the Societyís funds in the COIF Charities Investment Fund as an alternative. This Fund is operated by CCLA Investment Management Limited and is owned entirely by its customers in the faith, charity and local authority sectors

We have continued to use the Societyís funds to offer two £3,000 bursaries each year and, for 2012/13, the one allocated to Birmingham University Medical School was awarded to Heather Bailie, a young lady from a low income family living in Whythall, Worcestershire. Her comprehensive and colorfully illustrated end of year report and heartfelt expressions of thanks to the Society have been posted on our website.  

The second £3,000 bursary for 2012/13 was advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. I was also in contact with all the other 14 universities in the UK which offer a graduate-entry medicine course and last year these various approaches attracted twelve applications. These included Carly Lewis, a Kidderminster resident, and Samera Dean, who was not resident in our area but had been working as a domiciliary optometrist around the Wyre Forest district. As I explained in my report last year we had, in fact, an extra £3,000 available because the Brmingham School had failed to use their allocation a year or two ago. As a result, we were able to award bursaries to both of these applicants. Carlyís end of year report has also been posted on our website and Samera has promised hers in the very near future.  

For the current academic year, Birmingham Medical School has chosen Alice Jones, a Birmingham resident with a First Class Degree in Biological Sciences. She was apparently the needier of two possible candidates selected for consideration and your trustees met again recently   to consider ten more applicants for the second bursary. Three of these ten were from the Wyre Forest area and included Stephanie Bareford from Cookley, Laurence Hopkins from Bewdley and Shannon Lennock from Hagley. All three had excellent references, and we found it very difficult to choose between them. In fact, in the six years that this second bursary award has been available, we have generally had either one or no local applicants and, therefore, we decided to offer bursaries to all three candidates on this occasion. We hope that members will approve of this decision even though it will dip into the capital of the trust fund to a modest degree.

In closing, may I remind you that most of our bursary recipients to date  have been on graduate-entry four year medicine courses but it has recently been brought to our attention that graduates on five year programmes tend to be much worse off financially. This fact will certainly need to be taken into consideration in future years.

Best wishes,

Best wishes,

Martin Lewis,    Chairman of Trustees.

 

 

 

December 2012

Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2011/12

Dear Colleagues,

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2012 confirmed a balance of £165,582.90, up from £164,789 in 20010/11 and it appeared from the figures that the Trustís income had apparently improved from £13,761 in 2011 to £23,079. However, this total included £6,000 transferred from the HSBC deposit account and another £1,273 transferred from the Education Centre accounts. This meant that the net income from our investment in the Britannia Building Society had actually fallen from £6,761 in 2011 to £5,805 and that we were left with an excess of income over expenditure of only £793.

The previous Britannia 2 year bond paying 4% per annum matured last December and at that time we were offered a reinvestment bond at 3.5% gross interest. Investigations around the town confirmed that no banks were able to accept money from trustee accounts and that no other building societies were offering a more favourable rate than the Britannia. We therefore decided to remain with the Britannia and to increase our bond holding by an additional £10,000. This new money was largely made up of funds previously transferred from the Education Centre Private Account and also ensured that our deposit account with HSBC, earning almost no interest, was reduced to an acceptable minimum.

We have continued to use the Societyís funds to offer two £3,000 bursaries each year and, for 2011/12, the one allocated to Birmingham University Medical School was awarded to Lara Reilly, a graduate-entry student who was educated in Worcester. Her end of year report and expressions of thanks to the Society were received in July and subsequently posted on our website.  

The second £3,000 bursary for 2011/12 was advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. I was also in contact with all the other 14 universities in the UK which offer a graduate-entry medicine course and last year these various approaches only attracted two new formal applications. Robyn Hill, the 2010/11 bursary recipient who lives in Bewdley, had also submitted another application with details of her financial commitments over the following 12 months. Neither of the new applicants had any strong local connections and, therefore, it was agreed by your trustees to award the bursary to Robyn Hill for a second and final year. Robyn has now completed her second year of study and details of her successful academic progress and of some of her extra-curricular activities, nicely illustrated, have again been posted on our website with her expressions of grateful thanks for all our support.

For the current academic year, Birmingham Medical School have chosen Heather Bailie, a young lady from a low income family from Wythall in Worcestershire, currently needing to work at weekends to pay for her living costs, as their bursary candidate, and our trustees met again recently to consider applications from twelve more graduates for the second bursary. One of these was a young lady, Carly Lewis (no relation!), born and educated in Kidderminster, who had excellent references, and who met with our approval. Perhaps I could also remind you that, due to an administrative oversight, Birmingham failed to award their bursary a couple of years ago. As a result we had an extra £3,000 available on deposit at HSBC and therefore decided to make a second award this year. Our choice for this second award was Samera Dean, who first applied last year and just missed out. She was a domiciliary optometrist to Kidderminster and surrounding areas and was invited to apply again this year. She, too, had excellent references and the trustees were very happy to support her bursary application as well.

Best wishes,

Martin Lewis,    Chairman of Trustees.

 

 

January 2012

Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2010/11

Dear Colleagues,

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2011 confirmed a balance of £164,789, up from £157,317 in 2009/10 and the details revealed that the Trustís income apparently improved from £8,620 in 2010 to £13,761. However, this total included the £7,000 transferred from the Medical Society general accounts last December. This means that the net income from our investment in the Britannia Building Society has actually fallen from £8,402 in 2010 to £6,761 and that we have been left with an excess of income over expenditure of only £472.

The Britannia 2 year bond paying 4% per annum, matured in December and it seems very likely that the return on any further bond will fall to nearer 3% per annum. Thus, our income will almost certainly decline to around £4,500 a year and this means that if we are to continue the current level of bursary awards we will have to dip into the capital sum to a modest degree. This is, in fact, our intention and we trust that this approach will meet with the approval of the Society.

To date we have continued to fund two £3,000 bursaries each year. One of these remains allocated to Birmingham University Medical School and their bursary for 2010/11 was awarded to a graduate-entry student on their 5 year programme. Unfortunately, I now have to report that, due to an oversight in the Medical School, the award process for this student was never completed. Mike Gammage, the Vice Dean, has since apologised for the confusion and has assured us that they remain most grateful for the continued interest and support of our Society.

The second £3,000 bursary for 20010/11 was again advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. We were also able to contact all the other 14 universities in the UK which offer a graduate-entry medicine course and last year these various approaches attracted a total of eleven applications. Ten of these applicants were undertaking graduate-entry medicine courses, two of whom had connections to the Wyre Forest area. The eleventh was a retired local GP who was seeking help in funding a 2 year research project . We chose Robyn Hill ,one of the two applicants educated locally, who is in fact on a five year medicine course because her degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from Jesus College, Cambridge did not allow her exemption from the first year of study. Robyn has now completed the first year and has subsequently written to express her gratitude to the Society for the bursary award. The report of her first year has lately been posted on the KMS website and makes interesting reading.

For the academic year which commenced last September, Birmingham Medical School have recommended a candidate, Lara Reilly, who was educated in Worcester, and your Trustees met at the end of November to consider applications from three more graduates for the second bursary. I can now confirm that we chose to make the award to Robyn Hill for a second, and final, year. This is because she had submitted a detailed financial case and, in addition, neither of the other two candidates had any strong local connections.

In conclusion, I can report that the Trusteesí management of the Societyís investments and awards was once again approved by those present at the AGM in November. However, do still feel free to get in touch if you have any other observations with regard to these matters.

Best wishes,

Martin Lewis,

Chairman of Trustees.

 

 

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December 2010.

Dear Colleagues,

Kidderminster PGMC Trustees Report for 2009/10

Accounts for the year ending 4th April 2010 confirm a balance of £157,317, up from £154,982 in 2008/9, and the details reveal that the Trustís income improved from £4,245 in 2009 to £8,432. These results reversed the trend reported last year and mean that we ended the year with an excess of income over expenditure of £2,334.77.

The Britannia bond, which produced these favourable returns, matured last Autumn and your Trustees subsequently reinvested £145,000 in a new two year Britannia bond which pays 4% per annum and, thus, achieves an income of marginally under £6,000 a year. This relatively poor return will tip us into a negative balance once again with a modest excess of expenditure over income if we continue the current level of bursary payments. This is, in fact, our intention and we trust that this approach meets with the approval of the Society.

Thus, we have continued to fund two £3,000 bursaries each year. One of these remains allocated to Birmingham University Medical School and their bursary for 2009/10 was awarded to Gemma Plant, a graduate-entry student. Some of us were lucky enough to meet Gemma at the Annual Dinner a month or two ago. She has since written to express her gratitude to the Society for the bursary award and the report of her first year of study has now been posted on the KMS website.

The second £3,000 bursary for 2009/10 was again advertised on the Societyís website and by poster in the Education Centre. We were also able to contact all the other 14 universities in the UK which offer a graduate-entry medicine course and these various approaches attracted a total of nine applications. Eight of these applicants were undertaking graduate-entry medicine courses, none with any significant connection to the Wyre Forest area. The ninth was the son of a local GP in the second year of a Masters Degree in Trauma Surgery. We chose the orthopaedic registrar, who is due to complete a Trauma Fellowship in South Africa at the end of the year. He has then undertaken to submit a comprehensive report of his experiences which will be posted on the website in due course.

For the academic year which commenced this September, Birmingham Medical School will again be selecting their candidate, although the details are not yet finalised, and the Trustees met earlier this week to consider applications from eleven more graduates for the second bursary. Ten of these are medical students in their first year, two of whom have fairly strong educational and in one case, residential connections to Wyre Forest. The eleventh is a trustee of Kemp Hospice seeking funding for two research projects.

I can now report that we decided to award the second bursary to Robyn Hill. She was educated at Bewdley High School and Sixth Form Centre and graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in 2006. She has now embarked on her medicine course at the University of East Anglia. I can also report that the Trusteesí management of the Societyís investments and awards was again approved by those present at the AGM. However, I would like to reiterate that we would always be prepared to hear from other members with contrary opinions.

Best wishes,

Martin Lewis
Chairman of Trustees.

 

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Further information can be obtained from:

Dr M L Lewis
Chairman of Trustees
Kidderminster
Medical Society
117 St Johnís Avenue Kidderminster
Worcestershire DY11 6AX

Email: martinlewis283@gmail.com

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