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At the School of Health and Social Care, we go beyond the theory. All our activities focus on enhancing the quality of care to service users. Our programmes are based on service and user need, transforming lives through health and social care education and research.
With cutting-edge facilities and a focus on practical skills, the School of Health and Social Care staff, students and researchers take on the challenges and deliver results, which are directly effecting health, and social care at a local, national and global level.
Our priorities include patient-centred care, greater choice and control for service users, addressing inequalities in healthcare provision, along with increasing the awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles. These and other healthcare priorioties have increased the demand for highly qualified health and social care staff and innovative and impactful research.
Whether you are starting out in a caring career or you’re already on your chosen path, we can help you go further, beyond the theory.
As the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland and a significant provider in the UK, we offer a range of programmes, which integrate academic study, clinical training, creative research, and community outreach, which leads to the development of professionals and applied research that has a positive impact on society by improving the health and well-being of the global community we serve.
Our vision is to be the best School of Health & Social Care in the UK and we are committed to growing our academic and professional reputation and providing an unrivalled student experience.
While we are one of the largest providers of health and social care education and training in the UK, we continually strive for the highest academic quality and an unrivalled and excellent student experience.First in the UK for a new spirituality programme for UGs.
We deliver our high quality education, training, research, international and enterprise activities through 8 themes: Learning and Practice Enhancement, Therapeutic Interventions, Mental Health, Living with Long Term Conditions, Safeguarding & Enhancing Health Equalities, Women & Children’s Health & Wellbeing, Population/Public Health and Living with & Beyond Cancer.
Tracy Humphrey, Dean of School of Health and Social Care
Who we are
The School of Health & Social Care provides a vibrant teaching and research environment for over 2,500 students and 130 staff. We deliver a world class learning experience and undertake pioneering research with a focus on practical and applied results.
The health and social care sector is one of the most rapidly changing and high profile sectors. Policy changes alongside financial challenges are putting greater demands on staff in terms of knowledge, skills and qualifications.
Our nursing and midwifery graduates qualify with official Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration. 99.4% of our nursing students go straight into work within six months of graduating, and they go prepared with both the skills they need to provide great care and a fantastic work ethic.
Our subject area themes are:
Adult Nursing, Advanced Practice, Health, Healthcare, Learning Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Nursing, Nursing Practice, and Social Care
We offer an exciting portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of health and social care to enable you to meet the demands of clients, employers and this diverse sector as soon as you've graduated. Our portfolio of undergraduate courses include all fields of nursing (adult, mental health, learning disability and child health) and midwifery training.
With our degrees in pre-registration nursing professionally accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nursing graduate you will qualify with official Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.
- Nursing (Adult), BN
- Nursing (Child), BN
- Nursing (Learning Disabilities), BN
- Nursing (Mental Health), BN
- Nursing Studies (Option Rich Programme),BSc
- Midwifery, BM
- Care of People with Epilepsy, Graduate Certificate
- Psychology, BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons)
- Psychology with Sociology, BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons)
- Veterinary Nursing, BSc/BSc(Hons)
- Biological Sciences BSc/BSc (Hons) (Part-time also available)
- Biomedical Sciences, BSc/BSc (Hons) (Part-time also available)
- Sport & Exercise Science (Sports Coaching), BSc/BSc (Hons) (Part-time also available)
- Physical Activity & Health, BSc/BSc (Hons) (Part-time also available)
- Sport Coaching, BSc/BSc (Hons) (Part-time also available)
Our modern Sighthill campus has some of the best teaching and simulation facilities in the country. These include the purpose-built Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, which brings to life the theoretical principles learned in class, while providing a safe simulation environment for the teaching and development of clinical skills in student nurses and midwives.
The 1000-square-metre centre includes life-like hospital wards, including High Dependency Unit (HDU) simulator suites, which mimic intensive care treatment areas for training nurses, a midwifery suite and scrubs area. These diverse and impressive facilities will help you gain skills and experiences relevant to employers all over the world.
The Centre features 12 rooms with state-of-the-art facilities:
- Two Intensive treatment units with adjoining media room
- Accident and emergency bay
- Six-bed clinical ward
- Four-bed clinical ward
- Midwifery suite
- Scrub room
- Two Part-task rooms
- Community room with bed, hoist, wet room and lounge/kitchen area
- Manual handling room
The expertise of our research staff is well established within public health, education, and leadership in compassionate care and enduring conditions, and is growing within areas such as mental health, early years and maternal care.
Our increasing portfolio of research is internationally rated and underpins our evidence-based approach to the provision of care. Through our research at the School of Health and Social Care we aim to make a major positive impact on health, care and society, both nationally and globally.
Much of our research is aligned with the Scottish Government’s ambition for improving health, reducing inequalities and making Scotland a better, healthier place for everyone.
Our current research themes are:
We have a multi-disciplinary approach and researchers are encouraged to collaborate across schools and institutions.
- Care Man
- Solution project
- Wellbeing research
- Shaping the future of healthcare
- Compassionate nursing
The School of Health and Social Care works with a number of partners including local authorities, children’s and adult service providers, NHS organisations, independent care-providers, major charities and voluntary organisations.
Staff who deliver our programmes are highly respected experts in their field and many are research active.
They review and develop courses in partnership with these organisations to ensure that our students are equipped with current skills and knowledge to respond to the rapidly changing needs of the care sector. For example, our new interdisciplinary MSc in Advanced Practice Nursing was designed with input from industry and our Working with the Autism Spectrum: Theory into Practice course is delivered in collaboration with the National Autistic Society.
Our international reach
We believe that having an international perspective will help our students, staff and researchers to better understand global health and social challenges and improve the lives of people around the world.
The School has a strong transnational education portfolio, with a number of successful programmes in countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong.
Each of our campuses is equipped with the same equipment students will encounter in the "real world" workplace, further preparing them for their future careers.
Click the arrows to the left to explore our newly renovated Sighthill campus, home to our School of Applied Sciences and School of Health and Social Care.