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School of Health & Community Studies

School of Health & Community Studies

Making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. All of our research and teaching contributes to this commitment. Many of our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses are professional body accredited and supported by the latest academic thinking from our research centres in Men’s Health, Health Promotion and Dementia, and by the research carried out by our academics and Professors.

All of our academics have worked in health, public health or social care, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure that we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this professionalism to the way in which we support our students through their learning. This results in high levels of student satisfaction in our school. For example, 100% of our Playwork students were satisfied with the teaching on their course in 2015/16 and 98% of our students on Mental Health Nursing were satisfied with the learning resources provided on their course in 2015/16.

The research profile of our staff is particularly strong and is focussed in areas of health, public health and social care. For example, Professor Claire Surr is working in care provision for people with dementia to identify those caring practices that are most beneficial to them. On the basis of her findings we will be launching a major re-training programme that has the potential to revolutionise care for those with dementia.

We are also engaged in child development and play through the research and practice of Fraser Brown, the only professor in the world of Playwork. He has undertaken restorative work with children who had been traumatised in the orphanages of the former Czechoslovakia. Professor Nick Frost specialises in the protection of children from sexual exploitation and he recently worked with a local police force to help bring to justice a paedophile ring targeting young teenage girls.

Much of our work is embedded in a social model of health, often informed by the social sciences and we have a developing strand of research which investigates and considers innovative and emerging ways of working with marginalised communities based on the principles of co-production and active citizenship. Dr Pamela Fisher is the principal investigator of an ESRC seminar series, Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production.

This exceptional and important research influences the education of our students, as well as those already in work who come to Leeds Beckett to access our continuing professional development (CPD). Our significant CPD portfolio includes a collaboration with Leeds and Wakefield city councils and Leeds University, in the provision of training for social workers. This relationship also provides placements for our students. We also provide many part time courses for Counsellors and Therapists which we deliver in the evenings as well as the daytime to enable participation for all who wish to access these part time courses.

Innovation in our teaching and research is supported by some outstanding facilities that replicate the clinical surroundings in which our healthcare students will work. As part of a major university we also have access to the facilities of other subject areas which includes the Leeds Law School court room where our trainee Social Workers can develop their court room skills in the protection and advocacy for vulnerable adults and children in the future.

Our Academic Team
Lorraine Agu Dr Sara Ahern Dr Anne-Marie Bagnall Rona Barrett Paula Beesley Jo Bishop Professor Fraser Brown Dr Sarah Burden Debbie Casey Frances Chapman Brian Charlesworth Dr Divine Charura Rosamund Chiosso Liz Clark Dr Elizabeth Crathern Dr Ruth Cross Dr Sam Davis Michael Downey Helen Fabrizio Dr Pamela Fisher Sally Foster Dr Deborah Fox Tara Fox Professor Nick Frost Professor Mark Gamsu Wendy Gledhill Lesli Godfrey Jayne Godward Kathryn Gould Dr Esmee Hanna Eleanor Harrison Roger Higgins Dr Darren Hill Mark Hillier Martin Hird Tracy Hitchcock Chris Hudson Helen Ingle Rachael Kelley Karina Kinsella Naomi Kirby Michael Klingenberg Kathryn Lancaster Dr Erika Laredo Janine Lee Dr Maggie Leese Nicola Lester Sue Lindsay Jacqueline Livock Helen Llewellyn Alexandra Long Dr Diane Lowcock Paul Mackreth Steven Markham Andrew McEwan Kay McFarlane David Mercer Fiona Meth Hillary Miller Ian Miller Caroline Mountain James Newsham Paul Nicholson Jane Nicklin Sarah Patrick Tracey Race Dr Gary Raine Professor Steve Robertson Dr Mark Robinson Penelope Robinson Dr Simon Rowlands Dr Amanda Seims Sue Sherwin Susan Simpson Sheila Skelton Alan Smith Penelope Smith Lee Sobo-Allen Professor Jane South Dr Kris Southby Tanya Stacey Deborah Stanway Norman Sterling-Baxter Professor Claire Surr Fiona Sutherland Benjamin Tawil Dawn Taylor Charlotte Thomas Dr Joanne Trigwell Sharon Underwood Bryony Walker Catherine Walker Dr Martin Walsh Dr Louise Warwick-Booth Melanie Watts Susan Watts Rebecca Westwood Judy White Professor Alan White David Willetts Dr Glenn Williams Mark Williams Dr James Woodall Jenny Woodward Nicola Worrillow Michael Wragg

Subject Areas

Health Promotion
Health Promotion

(Including Mens Health)

Our health promotion subject group have been delivering health promotion education for over 40 years and have gained international and national recognition for their provision.

Healthcare and Nursing
Healthcare and Nursing
The Healthcare and Nursing subject area is a highly skilled group who provide courses across all of our academic levels, a number courses are approved and monitored annually by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Our courses are designed for students seeking a career working with children and families, and for those wishing to specialise in the study and application of play in children’s development and learning. A range of postgraduate qualifications in play therapy are also available to successful graduates.
Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
Psychological Therapies and Mental Health
We provide counselling, psychotherapy and mental health education and training for those interested in a career in the counselling and psychotherapy field or in other types of mental health-related work. We also offer training for more experienced practitioners looking to develop their specialist skillset and consolidate their previous training.
Social Work
Social Work
We provide social work education and training for motivated individuals who are interested in a career in social work and for experienced social workers who want to refine their specialist knowledge and skills.
Children, Youth and Community
Children, Youth and Community
Our provision now includes both undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to professional qualifications as well as non-professional courses for those who want to work with young people, families and communities.

Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that every organisation needs to be adaptable, informed and agile in order to remain efficient and effective in times of constant change. Each year, our university helps to ensure more than 2,000 practising professionals keep up-to-date with the skills, knowledge an innovative practice they need.

Our CPD Courses


We offer research courses (for example PhD’s and MRes’s) that inform future thinking and practice in health and social care both nationally and internationally. Research students are supervised by our professors and subject experts in men's health and health promotion, social work, youth work and community development, dementia, playwork, pain and safeguarding children.

Our Research

Graduate Success Stories

Lucy DaviesBSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

I've always wanted to use my compassion to care for people. My course taught me the communication and clinical skills needed to assess people's mental health and identify their needs. As a student, I had a lot of support, helpful placements, a great city with many career opportunities and strong job prospects anywhere in the world upon graduation.

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Our Facilities

Clinical Skills Suite

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of allied health professionals. We have seven skills and practice rooms (which can be combined into two larger rooms) containing specialist equipment which includes a range of high and medium fidelity human patient simulators and software for filming, analysis and debriefing. The suite also includes a Community Living Area with a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bed, celling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment.

More on the Clinical Skills Suite.

Study Space

Dedicated study space for doctoral students and dedicated space in the library for postgraduate students.

Communication / Interpersonal Skills Suite

Our suite of interpersonal skills rooms enable observational research of the practice, behaviour and skill acquisition involved in areas such as counselling, interviewing, leadership, development and focus group techniques. The rooms come equipped with video recording facilities so people can reflect upon and improve their practice, and our interview and control suites are equipped with two-way mirrors and DVD and audio links between rooms.

More on the Interpersonal Skills Suite.

For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy
  • Contract research (including service evaluation)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Access to modern facilities
See Our Business Services

Health and Community Studies

A nurse in a practical session
School of Health & Community Studies
A male student nurse in a learning environment
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A nurse in a practical session with a patient
A placement student

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Students from our School describe their experience of studying at our University.
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Faculty News

Event to share success of occupational therapy service for Leeds’s homeless population

A pilot scheme to deliver occupational therapy to the homeless population of Leeds is improving people’s health, wellbeing and occupational engagement, an evaluation by academics at Leeds Beckett University has shown.

The future is bright for nine Leeds Beckett scholarship recipients

An aspiring sports coach, nurse and mental health worker are among the nine deserving Leeds Beckett University students to have been selected to receive a £1,000 scholarship.

Community-led dads’ groups improve wellbeing for men and their children, new research shows

Support networks for dads can lead to positive improvements in relationships between dads and their children if they allow the men themselves to co-lead the group within their community, new research from Leeds Beckett University has found.

Faculty Events

Mar 7

Working with Children and Young People

Interested in a rewarding career, working with children and young people? Come along and speak directly to a range of organisations to find out about the opportunities available to students from any course. There will also be a session with Leeds Beckett graduates where they will be sharing their experiences of working in this field.

Mar 13

Health and Community Care Careers Fair

Students planning a career in healthcare have a great opportunity to discuss career options with representatives from local NHS, health and community care organisations, on campus. The event is designed to help Leeds Beckett students in all years of study find out about working in the sector and talk to professionals working in the field.

More Events
Open days

Virtual 360°

Take an interactive tour of our specialist teaching and research facilities

Virtual 360°