School of Health and Care Professions
The School of Health and Care Professions offers exceptional health and social care education to meet the current and future needs of the health and social care sectors.
The population of the United Kingdom will hit 74 million by 2039 (Office for National Statistics), so it's essential to develop a larger caring workforce – of doctors, social workers, paramedics, dental nurses, mental health nurses, radiographers, biomedical scientists and pharmacists.
Our adult nursing course is the first in the UK to win accreditation from the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) for our simulation-based education. Students will make use of the technology and techniques that allowed our 2 year old course to gain prestigious acknowledgement.
The School has also received an Athena Swan bronze award in recognition of our ongoing commitment to gender equality and representation within the healthcare and social work fields.
Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees cover all major aspects of healthcare, and provide an educational platform that bridges the gap between science and application – so our students graduate with the skills required to succeed, and an understanding of how to use them.
We follow the core values of the NHS and offer professional doctorates in a range of health and social care disciplines – many of which are endorsed by Skills For Care, a national organisation for workforce development in social care.
We also offer courses that make our students eligible for registration with other professional bodies – such as the Health Care Professions – and we've received funding from the Health Education England, Newton Foundation, Medical Research Council and the largest national clinical research funder in Europe, The National Institute for Health Research.
Our teaching areas
To see all the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer, visit our healthcare and social care subject area page. We also offer short courses and continuing professional development courses that cover all aspects of the health and social care.
Our undergraduate and postgraduate students use our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care (CSH&C) facility to develop their diagnostic, clinical assessment, clinical decision-making and leadership skills through practical experience and guidance.
We're also home to a realistic operating theatre with human patient simulators, a clinical skills laboratory, a digital x-ray suite, virtual environment radiotherapy training system and a dedicated ultrasound room.
Explore the research we're doing across the 3 areas of expertise within our Health and Care Professions research – including our most recent projects, funders and more.
Our research expertise
Our research is informing how difficult decisions are made about health and social care in a climate of limited resources for support and treatment of patients.
We're exploring how new technology – including the use of robots in surgery – can improve patient care in acute (hospital-based) and emergency contexts.
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.
Explore our faculty
Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Science and Health.
University Coronavirus Information Line
We're preparing to reopen the campus ready for the new academic year starting on 5 October 2020.
We have set up an information line to manage enquiries from students, parents and guardians, as university life will be a little different in 2020/21 due to the Coronavirus.
Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588
The phone line is open Monday–Thursday 8.30am–5.00pm and Friday 8.30am–4.00pm.