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University of Bradford's new School of Health Studies has community at its core

1 November 11


The University of Bradford's £10 million new School of Health Studies was officially opened on 1st November 2011 by Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE.

Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “As the health needs of the population become more complex, it’s vital that healthcare students are able to learn with equipment. It’s great to see that the University of Bradford has made such a significant investment in this area.”

The event will host 200 guests, comprising students, service users, university staff, regional dignitaries and representatives from health and social care organisations and includes a performance by The Jewels Cheerleading Troupe  –  the award-winning Bradford cheerleaders. The launch marks the relocation of more than 2,000 staff, undergraduate students and postgraduate students from their former site on Trinity Road where the School has been based since 1996. The subjects offered by the School range from midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, radiography and health social care through to more specialist healthcare programmes in areas such as dementia and cancer care.  Dean of The School of Health Studies, Shirley Congdon, said: “These facilities will strengthen the ability of our academics to provide students with learning opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on patient care. This means Bradford graduates will have a significant advantage in securing employment in the health and social care sector. The development of a physiotherapy clinic offering treatment to students, staff and members of the public is an example of how the new facilities provide opportunities for students to enhance their clinical skills whilst creating a service for the local community.  “Our academic staff continue to make a significant contribution to research into health care with a particular focus on patient safety, the care of people and their families with dementia, inclusion & diversity and enhancing health service delivery. This research informs our teaching, ensuring students learn from the very latest knowledge across their subject areas.” Across the whole School, facilities have been designed to provide students and postgraduates the closest possible ‘real-life’ practical experience of their future professions. They include two fully furnished clinical wards which will be used by staff and students from a range of subject areas, two physiotherapy rooms and movement laboratories, practical rooms, equipment and models for student midwives. Occupational therapy students have two suites, one of which is a ‘home from home’ room kitted out with a kitchen and bathroom where they can learn to assist vulnerable people with independent living.  Finally, radiographers have access to a fully- functioning  x-ray suite and a further digital Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) suite to teach analysis of x-rays and scans. Says Wilson Inije, a second year diagnostic radiography student, who has had experience of both buildings: “I was a student representative in the focus groups when the new building was being designed and it was great to be asked our opinion about things. The building’s design is amazing. The facilities are brilliant - we’re now using ultra-modern equipment, the same as we’ll be using in a modern hospital settings so in terms of employability, I really feel we have an edge over students from other universities.  “It’s already making a massive difference. In the old building it was difficult to meet and mix with other students, but not any more. We’ve now got communal areas to meet and relax and I feelfantastic!”

The landmark building, completed on time and on budget – and exceeding all current sustainability design and construction standards - stands on the gateway to the main City Campus.  It offers state-of-the-art facilities to the current and next generation of healthcare professionals studying at the University, who together with staff, liaised with the design team to contribute to its design, layout and resources. 

Baroness Grey-Thompson said: "As the health needs of the population become more complex, it’s vital that healthcare students are able to learn with equipment. It’s great to see that the University of Bradford has made such a significant investment in this area."

The event will host 200 guests, comprising students, service users, university staff, regional dignitaries and representatives from health and social care organisations and includes a performance by The Jewels Cheerleading Troupe  –  the award-winning Bradford cheerleaders.

The launch marks the relocation of more than 2,000 staff, undergraduate students and postgraduate students from their former site on Trinity Road where the School has been based since 1996. The subjects offered by the School range from midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, radiography and health social care through to more specialist healthcare programmes in areas such as dementia and cancer care. 

Dean of The School of Health Studies, Shirley Congdon, said: "These facilities will strengthen the ability of our academics to provide students with learning opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on patient care. This means Bradford graduates will have a significant advantage in securing employment in the health and social care sector. The development of a physiotherapy clinic offering treatment to students, staff and members of the public is an example of how the new facilities provide opportunities for students to enhance their clinical skills whilst creating a service for the local community. 

"Our academic staff continue to make a significant contribution to research into health care with a particular focus on patient safety, the care of people and their families with dementia, inclusion & diversity and enhancing health service delivery. This research informs our teaching, ensuring students learn from the very latest knowledge across their subject areas."

Across the whole School, facilities have been designed to provide students and postgraduates the closest possible ‘real-life’ practical experience of their future professions. They include two fully furnished clinical wards which will be used by staff and students from a range of subject areas, two physiotherapy rooms and movement laboratories, practical rooms, equipment and models for student midwives. Occupational therapy students have two suites, one of which is a ‘home from home’ room kitted out with a kitchen and bathroom where they can learn to assist vulnerable people with independent living.  Finally, radiographers have access to a fully- functioning x-ray suite and a further digital Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) suite to teach analysis of x-rays and scans.

Says Wilson Inije, a second year diagnostic radiography student, who has had experience of both buildings: "I was a student representative in the focus groups when the new building was being designed and it was great to be asked our opinion about things. The building’s design is amazing. The facilities are brilliant - we’re now using ultra-modern equipment, the same as we’ll be using in a modern hospital settings so in terms of employability, I really feel we have an edge over students from other universities. 

"It’s already making a massive difference. In the old building it was difficult to meet and mix with other students, but not any more. We’ve now got communal areas to meet and relax and I feel like we’re all connected now – it’s fantastic!"

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