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Edinburgh Napier University

Our School of Health & Social Care

Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Health and Social Care is a vibrant academic community with over 120 colleagues, all committed to the delivery of outstanding quality research and education with impact. We are committed to collaborative interdisciplinary working between four key subject disciplines:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Allied Health & Social Work
  • Health & Social Care Sciences

We are realising our ambition to recruit, retain and develop the best staff, as pivotal to our continual drive for excellence in our world-leading education and research. Our education and research strategies are synergistic, one informs the other, pushing forward the boundaries of academic practice, to research with impact and maximise knowledge exchange. We are one of the largest providers of Midwifery and Nursing education in Scotland with an international reputation for excellence in these disciplines. We also have an innovative, integrated pre-registration Post-Graduate programme for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Social Workers.

We aspire to continually enhance the student experience on all our professional programmes, delivering intellectually stimulating, research-rich education, taught by world renowned, expert academics and practitioners. Our graduates are highly employable, having well-developed capabilities for collaborative working and critical thinking, able to truly make positive differences in their global professional employment. Our graduates leave our School as highly valued alumni, many of whom go on to support and educate future students as part of our Edinburgh Napier University, health and social care community of practice.

Research in our School is multi-disciplinary, another feature of our School collaborative working culture. We aim to make positive health and social care impact on local, national, and international communities. Over the past 5 years the University has made significant investment in research leadership resulting in many project successes. These have improved health and well-being and addressed the clinical needs of diverse populations across the lifespan. Our research has also improved service delivery; and enhanced the experience of our students. We are committed to methodological innovation, appreciation of service user perspectives and attention to policy relevance through wider application of interventions. Areas of research excellence in the School include cardiovascular health, mental health, maternal health, public health and health and social services research. Our research environment is ambitious and supportive. All of our academic staff have dedicated and protected time for research and/or personal scholarship. You will join a vibrant international, interprofessional community of established and early career researchers, which includes an ever-growing number of PhD students.

Collaboration and partnership are key features of our School culture which internally includes academic, professional support, University service departments and of course our students, a central focus of our community. Externally, we continually network with our partner stakeholders, locally nationally and internationally including: the NHS; social care sector; voluntary sector; private organisations; and other Higher Education providers.  Our partners provide placements for our students and we work together to ensure the education needs of the students are met. These partnerships are also a foundation for our collaborative research, and we have many successful on-going funded projects of national and international importance and influence. New colleagues who join our team have an opportunity to link in and join existing research groups and are also supported to grow new research partnerships in their areas of interest, in line with School research and enterprise priorities.

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