About the School of Health Sciences
We’re a diverse and multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals and scientists from a wide range of disciplines. These include: nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, physiologists, psychologists, social scientists, bioengineers and biological scientists. We partner with patients and clinical practice and we collaborate both nationally and internationally. This means we can create innovative education and research programmes that are designed to have the best patient outcomes.
We are leaders in research across a wide range of areas including:
- cancer survivorship
- active living
- healthcare work and workforce
- long-term conditions
- ageing and dementia
- continence and skin health
Through our education we develop the healthcare workforce in the areas of nursing, midwifery, and the allied health professions. Our courses are strengthened through our long-standing partnerships with local, national and international healthcare providers. They support us in offering excellent work placements.
We cover both undergraduate and postgraduate level and focus on developing future leaders. We prepare our students to deliver care that is patient focused and compassionate. Our graduates leave with the skills to lead innovation and make a difference to the lives of others.
As a School we seek to create the conditions in which everyone can feel welcomed, respected, and valued, and to enable equitable access to the resources and support that people need to do their best. We recognise that achieving these conditions is complex given the systemic barriers in the broader environment, so we work closely with both the University and the School’s EDI groups with the aim of turning our commitment into a reality for our staff and students, and, through our research, seek to reduce health inequalities in society.
Our research is interdisciplinary and world-leading. We have been in the global top 10 of QS rankings for 7 years running. Our research is informing national and international guidance and providing evidence based solutions to pressing healthcare problems. By informing standards, policy and changing healthcare practice our research is having a significant impact in society.
We have 4 interdisciplinary research themes hosting research groups:
Active living for health
- Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer
- Child and Adolescent Research Group
- Long Term Conditions Research Group
- Ageing and Dementia Research Group
- Bladder and Bowel management Research Group
- Medicines Management Research Group
- Skin Sensing Research Group
- Safety, Systems and Outcomes Research Group
- Work Lives and Wellbeing Research Group
The leadership, resources and expertise within each theme enable high quality applied research to thrive. They nurture an active research community. We have named champions providing support to early career researchers, postgraduates and fellowship holders. We also have champions with dedicated roles for equality, diversity and inclusion, research ethics, open sciences, research outputs and impact.
Research groups provide interdisciplinary collaboration and support researchers at all levels. They offer mentoring, organise meetings and seminars, and host postgraduate research showcases. Additionally, they invite international academics to foster an intellectually stimulating environment.
Research, funded by our National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex, is integrated across the research themes. This extends our reach into the region through partnerships with NHS Trusts.
Knowledge exchange and enterprise
As a multidisciplinary group of academics and clinicians, we engage widely with business, public and voluntary organisations to create social, cultural, and economic impact for health.
We develop innovative, evidence-based insights that inform health policy, health interventions, and health products. To do this, we use our world-class expertise in:
- healthcare policy, systems, and workforces
- physical and psychosocial determinants of human health and disease across the life course
- medical and commercial device innovation
- cutting-edge methods and testing facilities in Thermosenselab and Pressure lab.
Our knowledge exchange is multi-scale, far reaching, and it spans sectors. Examples of our partnerships and enterprise work include:
- informing global corporates’ strategies on how to best design sport garments that promote physical activity in women
- advising users, carers, and healthcare professionals on continence products through the Continence Product Advisor website
- developing education resources to support patients and health care professionals, with Macmillan, Prostate Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK
- reporting to the House of Lords on the integration of primary and community care consultation
Connect with our research groups to explore how we can support you.
Continuing professional development
We have a long tradition of providing continuing professional development for healthcare professionals. We provide bespoke training through CPD modules and short courses.
Our courses meet the development needs of professionals working in:
- allied health professions
- advanced clinical practice
- leadership roles
We support healthcare professionals in different stages of their careers. Our courses allow them to engage with education at the time that is right for them.
Our courses are varied and include options that are:
- skills based
- teaching based
- research based
- work based learning
For more information, search our CPD modules.
Fellowships and postgraduate research
We have an excellent track record of developing the future health and social care research workforce through fellowship and doctoral routes.
We welcome personal fellowships at any level, from pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral to Professor. We have processes in place to support applicants. This includes our Fellowship Working Group, which meets regularly to consider academic host support for applicants. Our senior clinical academic mentors and supervisors ensure submitted applications are competitive with national and international fellowship programmes. We’ll provide all the necessary support letters and costing advice in advance of application deadlines.
Successful applications enter our formal fellowship scheme, which offers:
- access to the latest equipment
- protected time away from teaching and administration responsibilities
- PhD studentship and new research grant opportunities
- opportunities for permanent positions
We encourage doctoral applicants from a range of healthcare background, psychologists and social scientists, including:
- occupational therapists
- health scientists
In addition to advertised doctoral projects, we welcome enquiries from potential applicants wishing to develop their own project that are aligned to our research themes.
You will need to:
- develop an outline research proposal of 3 to 4 pages, aligned to our research themes
- identify a potential supervisor within the School’s research groups
- consider how you will fund your studies
MScAdvanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Allied Health Practitioner)
MScAdvanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)
MScAdvanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner)
MScAdvanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)
PGCertAdvanced Health Assessment and Prescribing
MScAmputation and Prosthetic Rehabilitation
Research and enterprise
Explore our research and how we have a significant impact on patient outcomes, through our community of centres and groups. Learn how we bring that research to market through our partnership with public and private enterprise.
Our research community
Find out about the work of our vibrant research centres and groups. They bring together specialists to share expertise through projects and publications.
Active Living Research Group
Ageing and Dementia Research Group
Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+
Child and Adolescent Research Group
Long Term Conditions Research Group
Bladder and Bowel Management
Medicines Management Research Group
Skin Sensing Research Group
Health Workforce and Systems Research Group
I am incredibly proud of the leading role that the School of Health Sciences plays in empowering healthcare professionals to improve healthcare outcomes.
I am so inspired by my colleagues in Health Sciences whose research is improving lives through greater understanding and innovative solutions to pressing healthcare problems.
I passionately believe that inter-professional education across health sciences develops the next generation of leaders to challenge and shape the future of health care.