Welcome from the Dean

A welcome to the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences from Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Professor Pauline Walsh.

Pauline Walsh Since its establishment a decade ago the Faculty has expanded considerably, becoming a major driver of growth within the University and developing effective partnerships with local acute and community-based NHS partners. The four schools are focused on developing excellent clinicians whether they be doctors, midwives, nurses, pharmacists or physiotherapists. Research has also enjoyed significant success, with Keele now seen as a major international centre for clinical and translational studies into musculoskeletal disorders.

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences has first rate Schools of Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Pharmacy, and Health & Rehabilitation so is able to offer the full range of clinical professional programmes normally only found in much larger universities. We are fortunate in having relatively small cohorts allowing Schools to focus on high quality education and training allied to a sector-leading student experience. Programmes are underpinned by research-led teaching and delivered by dedicated staff working in modern, purpose-built facilities. The quality of training is reflected in feedback from the professional bodies responsible for validating degree courses and in the top-ten rankings enjoyed by all four Schools in disciplinary league tables and the National Student Survey.

 In seeking to graduate excellent clinicians who are confident in their ability and prepared for their first jobs in caring for patients, the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences also undertakes leading edge research that is attracting international acclaim. Our laboratory-based research is necessarily limited with a focus on diagnostics, genetics, and regenerative medicine within the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine. Programmes of applied health research in musculoskeletal disorders within the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences are unquestionably world-class as reflected in grants awarded, the Queen’s Prize for Higher Education, and its designation as the Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Research and Development (R&D) Centre. The need to grow clinical research in conjunction with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) has been recognised by the establishment of a clinically focused Research Institute for Applied Clinical Sciences and the appointment of a number of new clinical chairs.

The 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate health students across the Faculty enjoy excellent staff support and small group teaching in superb surroundings with access to the latest technology and facilities that include state-of-the-art anatomy and 3D virtual reality. Nationally prominent academic units include those responsible for medicines optimisation, clinical leadership and pedagogy. The Faculty also has links with a number of health-related commercial companies located on the adjacent Keele Science Park.

Clinical education and research is dependent on effective partnerships with those organisations responsible for delivery of care. To this end the Faculty works closely with a range of NHS organisations and other providers including its principle academic partner UHNM, which manages around 1500 beds. Our main teaching hospital in nearby Stoke-on-Trent has undergone major redevelopment that has seen some £500 million invested in new wards, theatres and specialist services. The hospital is a major trauma centre with a full range of tertiary services that creates a comprehensive training environment for aspiring doctors, nurses and other health professionals. The Trust has recently taken over the nearby County Hospital in Stafford to create the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. In addition to Stoke and Stafford, students also spend time in associated teaching hospitals in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Crewe.

Unlike many traditional Health Faculties, which focus training in the acute sector, Keele has a particularly well-developed community sector based around a large network of research-active practices allowing students to spend considerable amounts of time in community placements with GPs and other healthcare professionals. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, is one of the largest community Trusts in the country, integrating health and social care. Students also engage with a range of third sector partners and with other healthcare organisations in the private and independent sector.

We hope you will consider the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Keele for your undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Professor Pauline Walsh
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean