About the School
Teesside University was awarded University of the Year and Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative in the Times Higher Education awards for 2009/10. The Dean of the School of Health & Social Care, Professor Paul Keane received an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to health care.
The School has over 11,500 students studying a comprehensive range of programmes from National Vocational Qualifications to Professional Doctorate and PhDs. It is renowned for its flexibility and responsiveness in meeting the education and training needs of care providers in the public, independent and voluntary sectors.
The quality of our provision has been deemed excellent year on year for the past decade by professional and statutory bodies, Department of Health and the NHS North East Strategic Health Authority. The School is regularly commended for the excellent partnership relationships it has with providers of health and social care. It has also led on many new initiatives providing opportunities for University students who are also employees in the health and social care sector. These include new programmes in surgical care, operating department practice, emergency care practitioners, joint degrees in mental health and learning disabilities and social work, end of life care and now dental care. The National Student Survey results have ranked the School in the top ten subject areas for student satisfaction in nursing, radiography and social work for the past three years.
Service design and delivery
All our activities are about enhancing the quality of care to service users. Our programmes are based on service and user need which involves consultation with them as the main stakeholders. Service users help development and delivery of our programmes, a factor highly commended in the University’s Investors in People re-assessment.
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We have an extensive range of short courses developed in response to service needs and many are delivered in the workplace. Assessments for these are tailored towards the specific commissioner's needs and underpinned by work-based learning, blended and electronic learning and outcomes which match service outputs – again enhancing the quality of care.
The University and School, in collaboration with other Universities in the North East, successfully became a Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, this attracted over £5m to the North East. This has enabled the Universities to work together towards enhancing learning and teaching with the emphasis again being on promoting the quality of care. The University and School has also been a key player in the North East becoming a Health Innovation Education Cluster. The focus of this is on enhancing the quality of care as well as promoting innovation and efficiencies wherever possible. The School has recently been successful in tendering, along with two external consultancies, to deliver the leadership programmes for the NHS North East Leadership Academy.
Continuing professional development
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We offer a wide range of short awards across all professional disciplines, which may be accredited or unaccredited depending on service needs, including:
- University Certificate in Continuing Education (UCCE) - 20 credits
- University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD) - 30 Credits
- University Certificate in Advanced Professional Development (UCAPD) - 60 Credits
- University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development (UCPPD) - 40 postgraduate credits
- Postgraduate Certificate - 60 postgraduate credits
The list is not exhaustive and does not include our diploma, degree, master's and doctorate awards. We are renowned for working with employers in accrediting their in-house education and training courses. Our extensive range of short programmes are outlined in our Education and Training portfolio.
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Full time academic awards
The School is commissioned by the NHS North East Strategic Health Authority to deliver full-time programmes in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiography, medical ultrasound, operating department practice, foundation degrees (various), improving access to psychological therapies and clinical psychology. We also deliver social work and paramedic courses.
We have a range of courses for dental practice professionals starting in September 2010, including dental nursing and dental hygiene and therapy. We intend to start a dental technology course in 2010/11. The latter programmes are being delivered within our new £17m purpose-built education and practice accommodation.
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We offer a comprehensive range of support in relation to enterprise, consultancy, practice accreditation and evaluation. This agenda is led through our Service Innovation and Enhancement (SIE). The centre will help health and social care service providers enhance practice by improving innovation and reducing waste and duplication.
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The School also hosts the Tees Valley Alliance comprising over 250 care provider organisations.
The School's research institute has an ever growing international reputation in the areas of public health, rehabilitation, service evaluation and end of life care. It works collaboratively with the other Universities in the North East and collectively has enabled significant funds to be channelled into public health in the broadest sense. The School also has partnerships with other universities both nationally and internationally and we are pleased to have all of our research nationally recognised and over 55% internationally acclaimed. Evaluations contributing to service locally and nationally include teenage pregnancy, maternal obesity, smoking cessation, role of the emergency care and neonate practitioners to name but a few.
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We work with a range of international partners across Europe and Asia with proposed developments in Africa and the Middle East. These programmes support global health workforce development. They help build human capacity so that developments become sustainable. Our international teaching is managed through our unit for international health workforce development. We undertake consultancy work such as scoping educational needs for foreign governments, staff development in child protection, funded by UNICEF and curriculum review for other universities. Our research teams also work with international partners.
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