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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

Dean

Sue Sherwin

Sue Sherwin is the Head of School for 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.

Sue is a Mental Health Nurse by professional background, having worked as a senior sister in forensic psychiatry before joining Leeds Beckett.

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Our Academic Team

Subject Areas

Health Promotion
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(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
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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).
Playwork
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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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Research

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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Health and Community Studies

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Faculty News

'Sports Day' memories shared at dementia event

Local older people living with dementia gathered at Leeds Beckett University to join a celebration event and share memories of their ‘Sports Days’.

Making public the private: new research shines light on men’s use of infertility forums

New research by Leeds Beckett University academics, which shows that men are using online spaces to find help, support and advice on their lifestyles when dealing with issues of infertility, will be presented at the British Sociological Association (BSA) conference.

News in Brief Spring 2017

A round up of the latest news from the School of Health and Community Studies.

Faculty Events

Jun 5

Summer Language Classes

Summer Language Classes are now live!

Jun 22

Why is our Psychology Curriculum White?

End of Project event for the Why is our Psychology Curriculum White? Curriculum Innovation Project

Jun 24

Hebden Water

Exhibition by Trudi Entwistle and Paul Ratcliff as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Jun 24

Postgraduate Open Day

Our Open Days provide the ideal opportunity for you to find out more about our Masters courses, and discover the benefits of being a student at Leeds Beckett University.

Jun 26

Yorkshire Schools' Mental Health Conference

Leeds Beckett University is thrilled to be bringing together leaders from education and mental health at a landmark regional conference.

Jun 29

English Scholars Beyond Borders Conference

English Scholars Beyond Borders (ESBB) is a non-profit circle of international academics. The aim of ESBB conferences is to assemble English teachers and scholars from across the globe to expand conceptual horizons. The conference will explore the diverse borders and boundaries that English teachers and scholars must negotiate to achieve success and to benefit learners.

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Open days

Virtual 360°

Take an interactive tour of our specialist teaching and research facilities

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