School of Health Sciences

About the School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences is at the forefront of NHS workforce development. Firmly established with a proven track record for high-quality education, we deliver cutting-edge courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health.

The School of Health Sciences is at the forefront of NHS workforce development. We are recognised as a leading force in nursing, midwifery and allied health education, delivering a range of cutting-edge courses that receive consistently strong scores from students for overall satisfaction and quality of teaching.

Embedded in the community but with a clear global outlook, the School is committed to providing a well-supported, welcoming learning environment for all students. We were a Health Education England 'fast follower', developing early training for the new Nursing Associate role, and one of the first universities to approve nursing degree apprenticeships.

The School offers all four options in pre-registration nursing – adult, mental health, children, and learning disabilities. Our excellent teaching and research facilities include simulation laboratories, and students will soon benefit from our  £1.5 million investment in our simulation suite, which will include contemporary VR technologies. We have extensive, well-established partnerships with a wide range of healthcare organisations including hospital, community, primary care and paramedic services across London, Kent and the South East. As well as creating opportunities to work closely with our professional partners, this also ensures our students can enjoy relevant and rewarding placements.

Our research is helping to shape health services nationally, from understanding and improving patient outcomes to enhancing integrated care. In 2019 Dr Lesley Dibley was recognised as one of the Nation's 'Lifesavers' – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is making a life-changing difference to health and wellbeing – for her work on inflammatory bowel disease.