South West Peninsula

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The South West Peninsula is an unofficial region of England, usually defined as the peninsula of land between the Bristol Channel to the north and the English Channel to the south. It comprises the counties of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall (with some definitions including the Isles of Scilly). It has a population of 2.2 million people.[1] It corresponds to the south-western part of the official region called South West England, but excludes Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Dorset.

Some official bodies such as the South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority (which existed prior to a 2006 reorganization), and the Met Office, use the term.[2] The South West Peninsula Football League, which covers only Devon and Cornwall, also uses the name.[3] The name of Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, a medical school established by the University of Exeter and Plymouth University which operated between 2000 and 2013, also referred to the South West Peninsula.[4] The region's postgraduate NHS Deanery, South West Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education (formerly South West Peninsula Deanery until April 2013), also uses the term.[5][6]

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  1. ^ South West Peninsula Academic Health Science Network designation announced University of Exeter, 25 May 2013
  2. ^ South West England: climate Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine The Met Office, section entitled Temperature. Accessed September 2013
  3. ^ Themes, UFO. "swpleague | Carlsberg South West Peninsula Football League". Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  4. ^ "The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD) is changing..." Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. Archived from the original on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Health Education South West". Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  6. ^ "South West Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education". Retrieved 25 April 2014.

Coordinates: 50°48′N 3°54′W / 50.800°N 3.900°W / 50.800; -3.900