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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 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, Mental Health Nursing received a 100% ‘overall satisfaction’ rating in the National Student Survey 2017. Results from the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) have revealed that Leeds Beckett is the best university in England to study nursing, based on student satisfaction levels*. 

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.

*Nursing Times analysis of the National Students Survey 2017, which revealed 98 per cent of our nursing students were satisfied with their course.  

Our Academic Team


Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

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Our Academic Team

Emeritus Professors

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Alan is Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests have tended to focus on improving our understanding of the health needs of men and boys locally, nationally and internationally. His expertise lies in putting a gendered lens on data and in exploring men’s relationships with public health services – whether delivered through statutory services or through the 3rd Sector and Voluntary organisations. Currently he is on the WHO (Europe) core group pulling together their first Men’s Health Report and Strategy.

Research interests

Alan’s work is very broad in its scope, but with the common theme of men’s health or gender and health. His studies have included:

  • European Commission ‘The State of Men’s Health in Europe’ Report
  • European Commission ’Role of Men in Gender Equality’ study
  • European Commission ‘Gender and Coronary Artery Disease’ (GenCAD) study
  • The State of Men’s Health in Leeds study for the Public Health Team and Health & Well Board of Leeds City Council
  • The evaluation of the Bradford Reducing Anger and Violent Emotions (BRAVE) project
  • The evaluation of Premier League Health Initiative
  • Tackling Men’s Health with the Leeds Rhino’s

Contact details:

Tel: 07971827217

Twitter: ProfAlanwhite

Email: a.white@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Journal Articles (from 2014)

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M., & White, A. (2017). What is men’s health? A definition. Journal of Men’s Health

Brooks R, Milligan J, White A. STPs: Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists Can Support GPs with New Integrated Models of Rehabilitation and Healthcare. British Journal of General Practice 67 (664): 525-526.

Flurey C Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J (2017) Coping strategies, psychological impact and support preferences of men with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicentre survey. Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.23422

Mweemba O, Dixey R, White A, Bond G, (2017) The Social Construction of Masculinities, Sexual Behaviour, and Acceptability of Vaginal Microbicides in Zambia Global Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1337800

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) Missing men when transforming healthcare. Letters. BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1676

Cameron I, White A, Seims A, Taylor T (2017) STP plans to cut GP numbers are “alarming,” says royal college – Rapid Response BMJ 356  doi: http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j598/rr

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A. Factors influencing young men’s decision to undergo health screening in Malaysia: a qualitative study. BMJ Open [Internet]. 2016;7(3):e014364. Available from: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014364

Teo CH, Ng CJ, White A (2017) What Do Men Want from a Health Screening Mobile App? A Qualitative Study. PLOS ONE http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0169435

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) Identifying different typologies of experiences and coping strategies in men with rheumatoid arthritis: A Q-methodology study. BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012051

Teo CH, Ng CJ, Booth A, White A. (2016) Barriers and facilitators to health screening in men: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine c165:168–76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.023

Robertson S, Gough B, Hanna E, Raine G, Robinson M, Seims A, White A (2016) Successful mental health promotion with men: evidence from ‘tacit knowledge’ Health Promotion International doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw067

Flurey C, Hewlett S, Rodham K, White A, Noddings R, Kirwan J, (2016) “You obviously just have to put on a brave face”: A qualitative study of the experiences and coping styles of men with rheumatoid arthritis, Arthritis Care & Research DOI: 10.1002/acr.22951

Zwolinsky S., McKenna J., Pringle A., Daly-Smith A., Robertson S., & White A. (2016) Supporting lifestyle risk reduction: promoting men’s health through professional Football Soccer and Society, 17(2), 183-195. doi:10.1080/14660970.2015.1082767

Braybrook D, Robertson S, Milnes K, White A (2016) Holistic Experiences and Strategies for Conducting Research with Couples. Qualitative Health Research DOI: 10.1177/1049732316628520

Bardehle, D., Dinges, M. & White, A. (2015) Was ist Männergesundheit? Eine Definition. Gesundheitswesen, 77. DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1564077

Branney, P., Witty, K., Braybrook, D., Bullen, K., White, A., & Eardley, I. (2015). Mortality and sexuality after diagnosis of penile cancer: A participative study. International

Journal of Urological Nursing. doi:10.1111/ijun.12106

Flurey, C. A., Hewlett, S., Rodham, K., White, A., Noddings, R., & Kirwan, J. (2015). Men, rheumatoid arthritis, psychosocial impact and self-management: A narrative review. Journal of Health Psychology. doi:10.1177/1359105315572452

Branney, P., Witty, K., White, A., & Bullen, K. (2015). "I suspect that they knew [I had penile cancer]": Reflections on health professionals by men diagnosed and treated for penile cancer. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 24, 5.

Wyke S, Hunt K, Gray C, Fenwick E, Bunn C, Donnan P, Rauchhaus P, Mutrie N, Anderson A, Boyer N, Brady A, Grieve E, White A, Ferrell C, Hindle E, Trew (2015) Football Fans in Training (FFIT): a randomised controlled trial of a gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for men - end of study report. Public Health Research 3(2) ISSN: 2050-439X

Scambor E, Bergmann N, Wojnicka K, Belghiti-Mahut S, Hearn J, Holter ØG, Gärtner M, Hrženjak M, Scambor C, White A.  (2014) Men and Gender Equality – European insights. Men & Masculinities 17(5) 552-577

Goldenberg L, White A.  (2014) Male Health: a recent paradigm. Nature Urology Review doi:10.1038/nrurol.2014.306

Pringle A, Zwolinsky S, McKenna J, Robertson, S, Daly-Smith A, White, A (2014) Health improvement for men and hard-to-engage-men delivered in English Premier League football clubs. Health Education Research doi:10.1093/her/cyu009

Branney P, Witty K, Braybrook D, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I (2014) Masculinities, humour and care for penile cancer: a qualitative study Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI: 10.1111/jan.12363

Witty K, Branney P, Bullen K, White A, Eardley I Engaging men with penile cancer in qualitative research: Reflections from interview-based study. Nurse Researcher 21(3): 13-19

Hunt K, Wyke S, Gray CM, Anderson AS, Brady A, Bunn C, Donnan PT, Fenwick E, Grieve E, Leishman J, Miller E, Mutrie N, Rauchlhaus P, White A, Treweek, S. (2014). A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men delivered by Scottish Premier League football clubs (FFIT): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 383(9924): 1211-1221 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62420-4

Published Books

Conrad D & White A (2016) Sports-Based Health Interventions - Case Studies from Around the World.  Springer-Verlag, New York ISBN 978-1-4614-5995-8

Conrad, D & White, A (2010) Promoting Men’s Mental Health.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing ISBN: 978-184619-331-6 (266 pages)

Kirby, R, Carson, C, White AK, Kirby, M, (2009) Men's Health 3rd Ed London, Informa Healthcare. ISBN (566 pages)

White, AK & Pettifer, M (2007) Hazardous waist: tackling male weight problems.  Oxford Radcliffe Publishing.  (229 pages)

Conrad, D & White A (2007) Men’s Health – how to do it. Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing. ISBN -13 978 1 84619 192 3 (183 pages)

Key Published reports

White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Main Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

Seims A, White A (2016) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Data Report. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

White A, Seims A, Newton R (2016) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: A Summary. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council.

West R, White A, Seims A (2015) White A., Seims A. and Newton R. (2015) The State of Men’s Health in Leeds: Factor Analysis. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds, Leeds City Council.

Bagnall A, Raine G, Jones R, White A, Mitchell B (2016) Systematic scoping review of proposed explanations for "excess" mortality. Final Report. Glasgow City Council, Leeds Beckett University

Robertson S. White A. Gough B. Robinson M. Seims A. Raine G. Hanna E. (2015) Promoting mental health and wellbeing with men and boys: what works? Leeds, Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University ISBN: 978-1-907240-41-6

White A. Seims A. and Robertson S. (2015) Proceedings of an expert symposium on the mental health and wellbeing of men and boys, November 6th, 2014, Leeds, London, UK : The Movember Foundation in association with Leeds Beckett University and the Men’s Health Forum. ISBN 978-1-907240-40-9

Study on the Role of Men in Gender Equality, prepared for European Commission, edited by Elli Scambor, Katarzyna Wojnicka, Nadja Bergmann, Consortium led by L&R Social Research, with Dissens, abz*austria, INBAS, Written by Belghiti-Mahut S, Bergmann N, Gärtner M, Hearn J, Gullvåg Holter O, Hrženjak M, Puchert R, Scambor C, Scambor E, Schuck H, Seidler V, White A & Wojnicka K, 2013


White A, Riley J. Henry S. (2013) NHS Sport and Health - a winning team NHS Briefing Report.  NHS Confederation

White A, Thomson C, Howard T (2013) Excess cancer burden in men. London,  CRUK

White, A. Zwolinsky, S. Pringle, A. McKenna, J. Daly-Smith, A. Robertson, S. Berry, R. (2012). Premier League Health: A national programme of men’s health promotion delivered in/by professional football clubs, Final Report 2012. Centre for Men’s Health & Centre for Active Lifestyles, Leeds Metropolitan University.

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe: Extended Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W) ISBN 978-92-79-20169-1 doi: 10.2772/61323

EC (2011) The State of Men’s Health in Europe Report. Luxembourg, The European Commission, DG Sanco (authors: White A, de Sousa B,  de Visser R, Hogston R, Madsen SAa, Makara P, Richardson N, Zatoński W)

White AK, Thompson C and Forman D (2009) The Excess Burden of Cancer in Men in the UK.  London: National Cancer Intelligence Network, Cancer Research UK, The Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University.

White, AK, Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Primary Care Initiative.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, South, J, Bagnall, A-M, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Witty, K,  Rooke, S (2009) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership programme Self Care for People Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Witty, K,  Bagnall, A-M, South, J, Forshaw, M Spoor, C, Jackson, K, Rooke, S (2008) An evaluation of the Working in Partnership Programme Self Care in Action Initiative. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK, Cash, K. Conrad, P Branney, P (2008) The Bradford & Airedale Health of Men Initiative: A study of its effectiveness in engaging with men.  Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

White, AK & Cash, K (2003) The state of men’s health across 17 European Countries.  Brussels, The European Men’s Health Forum ISBN 1 – 898883 – 94 – 7

O’Brien, O & White A (2003) Gender and Health: The case for gender-sensitive health policy and health care delivery.  Briefing Paper, London, The Kings Fund.

Other outputs

126 invited conference papers

45 peer reviewed conference papers

16 Television appearances including BBC The One Show, BBC Breakfast Show and Sky News

Over 70 radio interviews including BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, and The Women’s Hour, and international stations including South Africa, Australia and the BBC World Service

Over 120 newspaper and magazine interviews, including The New Scientist, The Times, the Guardian and international press including Germany’s Focus.de and The Irish Times

Subject Areas

Health Promotion
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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
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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).
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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Faculty News

Esmée Hanna on the Loneliness of Young Fathers

In this article Esmée Hanna, author of Supporting Young Men as Fathers, explores how groups can help young men who are fathers to become less isolated.

Leeds academic welcomes NHS tax suggestion

A proposal for a new ring-fenced tax to fund the NHS has been welcomed by a senior academic at Leeds Beckett University.

Collaborations between General Practitioners and Voluntary and Community Sector organisations examined

More needs to be done to encourage collaborations between General Practitioners (GPs) and Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations, according to research carried out by Leeds Beckett University.

Faculty Events

Feb 21

CeASR Seminar- Resegregating Northern California

Speaker: Dr Alex Schafran, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Feb 21

CeASR Seminar- Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe

Speaker: Livison Chipatiso (Programme Officer for CAFOD Zimbabwe)

Feb 21

PsyCen Seminar- Toilets, Gender and Queer Crip Politics

Speaker: Dr. Jen Slater, Sheffield Hallam University

Feb 21

CarnegieXchange - Thinking in circles; systems thinking and systems science

Taking a whole systems approach seems to be the current buzz phrase. Dr Duncan Radley discusses, what exactly does it mean? What does it entail? And can it be used to solve today’s big societal challenges such as poverty, homelessness and obesity?

Feb 21

Lessons from the Frontline – Public Engagement and Local Health Systems

Professorial Inaugural Lecture for Mark Gamsu

Feb 27

The Graduate School Launch Event

Join us in celebrating the official launch of the Leeds Beckett University Graduate School – taking place on Tuesday 27 February

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