About the Department of Family Care & Mental Health Faculty of Education & Health

The Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for those wish to train and register as nurses (children, learning disability and mental health nursing), midwives and speech and language therapists. The department also trains qualified nurses and midwives who wish to become health visitors or school nurses. This is a one-year post qualifying programme at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

We offer a range continuing professional development (CPD) courses for nurses and midwives and have undergraduate programmes in sexual health and mental health. The department houses the Faculty’s MSc Advanced Practice award and offers pathways through this award in the following areas:

  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Sexual health
  • Mental health.

What we do

The department's core area of work is our prequalifying programmes leading to registration with statutory bodies (NMC, HCPC). We work closely with local NHS partners to assure the quality of the practice-based learning experience for students on all our programmes.

Our mental health team is staffed by practitioners experienced in recovery, psychosis and family work, addictions, and personality disorder. We offer a range of courses within our mental health programmes as well as bespoke education and training for local mental health providers.

Our established postgraduate teaching in safeguarding children and young people has an inter-professional focus and is aimed at practitioners with a remit for safeguarding and child protection working in a variety of settings. We also offer a range of bespoke study days and short courses in child and young people safeguarding.

Our sexual health provision is nationally recognised recruiting students from across the country as well as internationally. This programme is delivered largely on-line.

Service user and carer engagement is very important to us. We actively engage with service users who have health care needs, including 'Respect in Bexley' – a self-advocacy group for adults with a learning disability and 'The Kent & Medway Buddy Scheme'. Students undertaking the Speech and Language Therapy programme engage with service users (or 'conversation partners') who have suffered aphasia following a stroke. Working closely with Volunteer Greenwich, we are currently establishing a young person’s advisory group; the young people will also give their perspective on our programmes across the Faculty. All our service user colleagues make invaluable contributions to our programme planning and delivery.

In conjunction with the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS) we have developed Maritime City, a computer game that facilitates inter-professional learning in safeguarding children and young people; with the help of external funding we are now developing the platform for use in adult safeguarding/dementia awareness training.

Research and enterprise

The department has been involved in two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with The Metro Centre, which builds research capacity, and NHS Greenwich, which encourages greater patient and public involvement in health care decisions.

Staff in the department are engaged in a wide range of funded research projects, including home drinking, LGBTQ health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol use in young people, and peer-support to address suicide or deliberate self-harm in prison health care.