The Department is one of the three that form the School of Health and Life Sciences. This, together with the undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses available in Nursing, Public Health and Operating Department Practitioners enables the Department to maximise opportunities for interprofessional learning for nursing students and also to offer programmes to a wide range of health professionals.
The Department employs 90 academic staff (of which 52% are qualified or studying at doctoral level) and has around 1900 students. Our staff actively contributed to GCU becoming the lead modern university for Applied Health Research in Scotland and this research informs the teaching and learning of the students within the Department.
Co-creation within the Department is facilitated through external engagement. We have a number of collaborative partnerships with several NHS Health Boards, third sector organisations, (e.g. SAMH, BHF), Hospices, European Institutes and Networks including Clinical Academic appointments. All of these partnerships provide exchange, placement, specialist teaching and/or engagement opportunities for staff and students across all fields of nursing. We are the only World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre within the UK and have a symbiotic relationship with the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing in Bangladesh which offers our students and staff opportunities for unique international opportunities, in terms of teaching and learning and secondments which are tailored to specific development needs
The Department actively engages in Knowledge Transfer Activities and one of the most successful of these is: Playlist for Life Project. This project is being introduced throughout the UK and our staff and students benefit immensely from being engaged with this project which aims to improve the lives of individuals with dementia and their carers and families.
The energy within the Department is evidenced in a number of ways – excellent student satisfaction, student and staff awards, publications that make an impact, responsiveness to practice education needs, government appointments and research funding – and continues to evolve ensuring that the knowledge and skills our students gain remains current.