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Dr Martin Smith on why Greater Manchester is a great place to live and develop your career



dr_martin_smith2Martin, 50, returned to his native Manchester in 2002, having trained in Edinburgh and then working in New Zealand.

He describes Greater Manchester as a “great place to live and develop your career”, with an abundance of opportunities in the healthcare sector.

“When I decided that I wanted to specialise in emergency medicine, Manchester was a leading area – it had the first professor of emergency medicine – so it was an attractive choice.

“I believe we’re still a highly attractive region to develop a career as a clinician. We have high calibre leaders like Professor Fiona Lecky here at Salford and Prof Simon Carley and Prof Kevin Mackway-Jones  at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (known locally as CMFT), who all have national reputations in this discipline.”

Martin believes Greater Manchester’s ground-breaking £6bn health and social care devolution deal will further put the city region on the map.

“Nothing like this has ever been done before, and it’s naturally attracted considerable attention within and outside the profession. I am sure some doctors will be interested in the opportunity of being part of this change agenda.

“In Greater Manchester you will find challenges – we’re no different to other parts of the NHS – but you’ll also find honesty and a really strong camaraderie and collective spirit, which I think is refreshing and pretty unique.”

Aside from work, Martin believes the relocation of BBC North to the MediaCity development on Salford Quays has helped transform many people’s perceptions about Greater Manchester and the North West.

“People are seeing that it’s a lot more than Coronation Street and football clubs. There is such a lot going for Manchester – outstanding culture with the theatres and the art galleries, not to mention retail and eating out, great universities and the airport.

“Yes, there are two great football clubs, but we also have Premiership rugby here with Sale Sharks, loads of great Rugby League clubs, not to mention that Manchester is the home of British cycling’s Olympic superstars at the velodrome in east Manchester.”

As a father to two young children, Martin also enjoys the fact that both the Lake District National Park and popular North Wales holiday destinations such as Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula are in such easy reach via road.

“This region really has everything, it’s incredibly vibrant and diverse – there is truly something for everyone here. I’d not hesitate to recommend working here.”




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