Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Frank Local

Clinical Senior Lecturer


I graduated from Newcastle University in 1973, and trained in General and Geriatric Medicine in the northeast of England and Manchester. I subsequently worked as a Consultant Physician in Cumbria for 32 years. During this time as well as practicing clinical medicine I was also  involved in the hospital management and, as a clinical director for 13 years, led a number of service developments

Throughout this period I was responsible for training junior doctors. I was clinical tutor within our hospital and oversaw the introduction of foundation training there, before becoming Lead Educator with the Northern Foundation School. I subsequently had a period as Dean Director of the school, and then Regional Advisor to Health Education North East  where I had responsiblity for the revalidation of its trainees with the UK General Medical Council (GMC)

For many years prior to coming to Malaysia I was a PACES examiner with the Royal College of Physicians of London

As well as my professional qualifications in Medicine, I also have a Masters in Clinical Education from Newcastle University for which I undertook research into foundation trainees concepts of professionalism

I joined NUMed in 2014. As well as undertaking formal and bedside teaching with the students, I am also director of the NUMed programme which enables its graduates, working in specified hospitals, to obtain full registration with the UK General Medical Council in addition to their registration with the Malaysian Medical Council

Dr Frank Local

MBBS, M Clin Ed, FRCP ( Lond)


Within NUMed, although I participate in formal and bedside teaching in all years, my principle commitment is with the Stage 3 (Third year) students. In the first semester of the year I participate in "Foundations of Clinical Practice" where we further develop the clinical skills the students have acquired during the first two years of the course.  In the second semester I am the lead for "Long Term Conditions", where we introduce students to the management of chronic illness and aim to foster a patient centred approach in their care.