School of Allied Health Professions

The 'School of Allied Health Professions' is the former 'School of Health and Rehabilitation', re-named to better reflect our cutting-edge teaching options and research. Within our dynamic, forward thinking and inclusive learning environment we offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, short courses and stand-alone modules to students from across the globe. The School consistently scores well in the national league tables (The Times, The Guardian and The Complete University Guide). Student satisfaction rates are also high.

The School of Allied Health Professions at Keele University are very pleased to share the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS) results for our undergraduate programmes ranging from 95-100% overall student satisfaction.

Physiotherapy 96% overall student satisfaction - 9th out of 37 UK Universities

Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) 95% overall student satisfaction - 2nd out of 28 UK Universities

Rehabilitation and Exercise Science - 100% overall student satisfaction

We're proud that our recent graduates have experienced "the Keele difference"...

Information for students in the School of Allied Health Professions starting academic year 2020-21. 

On behalf of all the staff team in the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP), please know we are looking forward to welcoming you later this month, whether you are commencing your first year with us, a returning student or commencing postgraduate study.

We understand that the current context of Covid-19 may raise concerns for you about study at a campus-based community, but we really want to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority and we have been working hard to make sure that this year is a success. The following website has further important information about life and study on campus and is regularly updated:

At Keele, we are offering a ‘hybrid’ education model to ensure that we can all adhere to social distancing requirements and keep our community safe. This means that teaching will partly be delivered on-line and partly in person.  Some online sessions will be scheduled for “live” delivery where we will hold live discussions and debate, other regular digital engagement sessions you can undertake in your own time.

In addition there will be regular ‘in-situ’ teaching sessions where you will need to be physically present where we will teach practical skills and you will work in small groups. We have planned this very carefully in line with all the national guidance available which we will continue to review and adhere to.

Being on campus at Keele will ensure that you are present for the full student experience; academic study alongside the social and co-curricular activities that your School and University will provide. Please be assured that both your education and your student experience will continue to take place under carefully planned, socially distanced conditions, fully in line with current government Covid 19 guidelines.

Please see this document to review how placements will be managed in light of the COVID pandemic.
SAHP guidance for Practice Placements AY 2020.21

At this time, the government do not have additional shielding requirements in place; however, this guidance may change throughout the pandemic. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Student Services who can support you with your personal circumstances and liaise with your School to support your transition to study at Keele.

Until we meet, keep safe,

Best wishes,

Anne O’Brien (Head of School)

Please ensure you read the following University approved documents carefully before returning to campus. All students and staff will be adhering to the contents for the safety of all studying and working in the School. 

They include:-

  1. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Clinical Skills Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  2. Floor plans for the MacKay building illustrating the one-way system
  3. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for studying in the MacKay building

FMHS Clinical skills SOP

Mackay Floor Plans Covid 19 Final

SAHP SOPS routes and MacKay building room capacity

Darwin Radiography Suite SOPS routes and room capacity

Jack Ashley SOPs and Protocols

N.B. Further programme specific information is being made available via the student noticeboards on the KLE. 

Thank you for your interest in our Physiotherapy, Radiography and Rehabilitation and Exercise Science programmes. You will appreciate that we are in a challenging time as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the entire world and therefore we need to communicate differently to support future applicants who are interested in our excellent programmes. The last few weeks have brought into sharp focus the dedication, commitment and skills that the range of health and care professionals have made to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and our whole country has shown their appreciation for this.

In the School of Allied Health Professions, we are keen to ensure that our students qualify as high performing professionals able to support the challenges of our time. During COVID-19 our existing students have had to adapt to new ways of working during their placement hours (learning, in parallel with qualified health and care practitioners, the challenges of remote working in these type of professions), and we are proud of the way our student body continues to contribute and make a difference. We have worked closely with our partnering organisations and students to ensure that our programmes have adapted to enable our student body to qualify as planned; and our educational teams have risen to the challenge of delivering our professional programmes in interactive ways during the Covid-19 lockdown. This has involved creative modifications to assessments, enhanced personal tutor support and flexible submission dates. In addition, we have worked with our health and care partners so that our students will gain access to the wider NHS/Social Care support that is on offer.

We are still accepting applications for 2020 to our excellent programmes and are also planning for 2021 and beyond. If ever there was a time to become a health care professional, that time is now. A time to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to care and time to make a difference to people's lives and those of their loved ones. So, whilst we are not able to engage with you personally at this time there are opportunities to ask questions through our virtual open days. As soon as the current social distancing restrictions are lifted we would welcome you to come along and chat to us, here at Keele University. We hope to hear from you very soon.

Please see the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Personal Development Budgets:

Every nurse, midwife and allied health professional working across NHS hospital and community care and general practice will have access to a ‘personal training budget’ of £1,000 over three years to support their personal learning and development needs. The funding is part of a drive to make the health service the best place to work, to keep nurses, midwives & AHPs within the NHS by supporting long-term career progression and improving patient care. It represents a £210 million funding boost to frontline staff. 

The first of three instalments of the funding have been transferred to NHS Trusts in April 2020 and is part of the government’s commitment to improving patient care and securing a sustainable future for the NHS through the Long Term Plan. The ‘choice’ of personal training remains with the nurse, midwife or AHP and should be discussed during the appraisal process. In addition to the personal development budgets provided centrally by the government, employers will also be expected to provide additional funding locally to invest in their staff. Funding cannot be utilised for funding previously provided free of charge by the NHS employer, eg. preceptorship programmes. Further information:

Learning Support Funds:

Learning Support Funds are now available to students studying a range of health-related programmes on a full or part time basis, at BSc or MSc level and, importantly, these funds are non-repayable. Students have to apply (this process has just opened - and evidence of eligibility requires a scan of a confirmed student finance letter. The payment is £5000 per year paid in 3 installments per year. 

The Learning Support Fund is available to students on a range of programmes; those specific to Keele are Diagnostic Radiography, all fields of Nursing, Midwifery, Orthotics & Prosthetics, Paramedicine, Physiotherapy. Additional payments are available: £3000 for hardship, £2000 for students with parental responsibility and an additional £1000 for specialist areas (Mental Health, Learning Disability, Radiography and Prosthetics & Orthotics). 

NHS LSF Guidence Booklet

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