About us

The School of Primary, Community and Social Care formed in August 2019, in recognition of the gaps between primary care and social care. By uniting world-leading research from the former Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, with experienced teaching staff from Social Work and Counselling, we hope to break down traditional boundaries and help shape the future of the primary, community and social care.  

Teaching

We offer a taught undergraduate programme in Social Work, as well as taught postgraduate programmes in Social Work and Counselling, which are delivered by a team of experienced teaching staff. The MA in Social Work is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council, and the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

Each programme offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience through placements across various sectors, ensuring that they are equipped with the relevant experience and skills needed to become life-long learners.

We also offer a Practice Education in Social Work module which is aimed at qualified and registered Social Workers, who wish to develop and assess the professional practice of students whilst out on placement. 

Research

We also offer established MPhil and PhD programmes which link in with the School's core programmes of research, which are underpinned by our expert knowledge in specialist fields such as general practice, physiotherapy, rheumatology, cardiology, public health, and mental health. To complement this, we have internationally renowned teams who provide expertise in a wide range of methodological approaches such as clinical trials, biostatistics, prognosis research, systematic reviews and evidence synthesis, 'big data', and social sciences. 

Our programme of research was first established in 1996, within Keele’s Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, conducting high-quality multidisciplinary research designed to investigate the causes, prognosis, and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, mental health problems, and other long-term conditions, aiming to improve the content, delivery and configuration of primary care for the benefit of patients with long-term conditions.

Our research programmes are divided into five primary care research theme, taking place across a number of multidisciplinary teams within the School. We also house the University’s flagship Institute of Global Health, the Impact Accelerator Unit and the Clinical Trials Unit. 

At the core of all our research, are patients and the public, and we have a Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) team who support and develop all PPIE activities for the School. We have over 130 lay members sitting on our Research User Group, who help us to develop our research questions, design our research and provide invaluable advice on how we can implement our research into practice.

The School’s research excellence has been recognised through the award of the ‘Queen’s Anniversary Prize’, as a ‘Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis’, as a ‘European League Against Rheumatism Centre of Excellence’, and through its membership of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

In 2014, the Research Excellence Framework ranked our research as joint first for its impact, with 91% of our research being assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. 

Our programme of research was first established in 1996, within Keele’s Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, conducting high quality multidisciplinary research designed to investigate the causes, prognosis, and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, mental health problems, and other long-term conditions, aiming improve the content, delivery and configuration of primary care for the benefit of patients with long-term conditions.

 

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