From the lecture theatre to the NHS frontline

At Keele, our healthcare academics don’t just prepare students for working in the NHS of tomorrow. With over 200 of our colleagues also working clinically in the NHS, some quite literally go from the lecture theatre to the operating theatre. From delivering babies to saving lives, the wealth of expertise at Keele has a positive impact not just on our students, but also on local people on a daily basis.

Dr Pensée Wu

When Dr Pensée Wu isn’t teaching the next generation of medical students at Keele, she’s busy bringing babies into the world. Alongside her job as a senior lecturer and researcher at the University, Pensée is also a senior doctor at Royal Stoke University Hospital where she has delivered more than 500 babies and counting – including performing emergency caesareans. From the lecture theatre to the operating theatre, Pensée is making a positive impact not just on the lives of students but new mothers, babies and their families across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Kevin Armstrong

As a paramedic, Kevin Armstrong is often one of the first to arrive on the scene when patients across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme need help. It’s a fast-paced and vital role which involves making life-saving decisions in emergency situations. But it’s not Kevin’s only job. When he’s not on the frontline with West Midlands Ambulance Service where he has attended almost 10,000 incidents, Kevin is the Director of Paramedic Sciences at Keele, where he brings real-world experience into the design and delivery of paramedic science programmes and the classroom – passing on his knowledge to the next generation of paramedics.

Professor Jo Protheroe

Professor Jo Protheroe has been a GP for more than 20 years. When she's not looking after and supporting patients in Newcastle-under-Lyme, she's Keele’s Director of General Practice Education, leading the team responsible for student placements in over 100 GP surgeries in Staffordshire and Shropshire, and delivering course content for the University’s medical students. A nationally and internationally recognised expert in the field of health literacy, Jo brings two decades' worth of experience to course content and the lecture theatre, giving Keele’s students the experiences and emotions of being a GP in the real-world and the skills they need to work in the NHS of the future.

Training over 50 new paramedics each year 1,300 doctors trained at Keele More than 100 GP surgeries partnered with Keele

Our partnership with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

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One of the cornerstones of the Keele University-UHNM partnership is its ongoing success in providing local and national healthcare systems with highly trained and qualified staff. The four Schools within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Keele University are focused on developing excellent clinicians in Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. This is the result of the highly successful partnership between the University and UHNM, delivering the teaching excellence required in both academic and hands-on clinical environments.

Keele University and UHNM also have a long-established history of successful research collaboration.  Recently, the partners’ mutual need to grow their clinical research capability further still has been recognised by the establishment of a third health-related research institute at the University and the appointment of a number of new clinical professorial positions.  The partners have established a long-term commitment to strengthen their already robust partnership to expand world-leading research in regenerative medicine and primary and secondary care, enhance the health and wellbeing of the local population and forge strong links with the commercial sector.