Doctoral opportunity for Health & Social Care Professionals

Issue date: 14 March 2006

Midwife The University of the West of England is offering health and social care professionals the opportunity to develop their research skills and enhance their professional practice through a new Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care starting in September 2006.

Aimed at professional practitioners such as radiographers, social workers, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, midwives, physiotherapists as well as service managers, the new doctorate from UWE provides an interprofessional approach to doctoral study. This is designed to enhance the benefits for those taking part as well as enabling the different health and social care services to work better together. The approach also reflects current trends in the government's agenda for health and social care practice.

Based in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, the UWE doctoral programme is supported by a range of local stakeholders in health and social care.

Dr Derek Sellman, who leads the Professional Doctorate programme, said, “We are very excited about the new doctorate. It is designed for all professionals working in health and social care wishing to develop their research skills and enhance the service they deliver. The programme builds on our national reputation and expertise in interprofessional education, and is structured to appeal to busy and experienced professionals who want to make a real difference in practice.”

The programme has two phases: structured learning and independent supervised research. A personal tutor will offer support through the structured learning elements and a supervisory team will provide guidance for each individual student during the research project. One exciting feature of the programme is the peer support offered by conference days designed to help students focus learning on their particular professional requirements.

If you want to find out more about the programme contact, Deb Joy on 0117 32 88568,
e-mail or Dr Derek Sellman on 0117 32 88771, e-mail or visit the Faculty research degree pages at


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