School of Primary, Community and Social Care

Keele's School of Primary, Community and Social Care unites world-leading research experts with experienced teaching staff in order to provide a dynamic and pioneering teaching and research environment, which provides practitioners with the skills and experiences they need to work in increasingly complex health and social care settings.

The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering social work, counselling, and primary care. Our research programme delivers high-quality multidisciplinary research designed to improve the content, delivery and configuration of primary care for the benefit of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, mental health problems, cardiovascular disease and other long-term conditions. 

*Judged by the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Due to the current ongoing issues nationally, the School is now working remotely. We are working hard to maintain our educational and research programmes and support our NHS colleagues where we can and are keen to support all enquiries.
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Thank you for your interest in our Social Work, Public Health and Counselling & Psychotherapy 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 Primary, Community and Social Care 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.

Our School is proud of its excellence in research and our world leading programmes have adapted swiftly to work with our health and care partners to research the impact of COVID-19 on consultation rates, patient and carer’s needs, service transformation and the roles of healthcare professionals. Public Health has come into sharp focus, demonstrating the need for qualified experts in understanding pandemics and their impacts on individuals and populations, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

If ever there was a time to become part of the workforce to address these challenges, that time is now! Our Social Work, Counselling & Psychotherapy and Public Health Programmes will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes 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.

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