Faculty of Medicine and Health


Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS)

Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS)
Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) is a collaborative programme between five Higher Education Institutions with proven reputations for excellence in learning and teaching in health and social care: the University of Bradford, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Leeds (lead); Leeds Metropolitan University, and York St John College. There are 16 professions across the partnership from Audiology to Social Work, and a wide range of partners including the Workforce Development Confederations, clinical networks and professional bodies.
ALPS aim is to ensure that students graduating from courses in health and social care are fully equipped to perform confidently and competently at the start of their professional careers. We’ll achieve this by extending excellence and innovation in assessing practice, helping students learn both within their professions and across professional boundaries. ALPS will raise the status of teaching in practice. We will work with practice-based educators so they can assess generic skills (e.g. communication, team working & ethical practice) and professional competences common to many groups. Practitioners who teach can benefit from and contribute to the work of ALPS and its networks. ALPS will reward staff, with opportunities for Teaching Fellowships, sabbaticals and teaching awards.

Leeds Pallium Research Group

Leeds Pallium Research Group
This pan-Leeds research group is a collaborative venture between the University of Leeds, St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Metropolitan University. The interdisciplinary academic partnership combines clinical medical expertise with university based research groups in nursing, physiology, psychology and physiotherapy.


The Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal Nursing (ACUMeN)
The Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal Nursing (ACUMeN) is a tripartite venture between the between  the School of Healthcare and the Academic Unit of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The primary aim of the unit is to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge for the improvement of nursing practice and patient outcomes within the specific area of musculoskeletal nursing.

The NHS Gateway

Working with NHS partners: developing a new model
The Faculty works in close collaboration with NHS organisations, recognizing our mutual dependency in delivering high quality teaching, research and clinical services. The creation of new research institutes and the development of the schools within the Faculty will not only improve the relationship between academics, clinicians and managers, but will better support the needs of students and the local healthcare community.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Working with NHS partners: the Clinical Academic Centre
The Faculty and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to develop the concept of the Clinical Academic Centre; effectively a partnership between University and Hospital designed to create an integrated and seamless approach to the delivery of our ‘tripartite mission’ of excellence in teaching, research and clinical service. Based on a model more familiar in other countries, particularly the US, the initial aim is to pioneer the centre in Leeds in a number of pilot areas. Early work is being undertaken in dentistry, and other pilot areas will vary from those that are clinically or research led, those where the prime focus is teaching and learning to institutes or schools where all components are fully integrated.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Working with NHS partners - the Leeds / Bradford Partnership
A joint research strategy is also being established across the Leeds / Bradford partnership, which focuses on clusters of national and international strengths in the areas of elderly care, oncology, diabetes, genetics and medical education. The establishment of Bradford as a Foundation Trust and the recent announcement of an additional £2m of R&D investment to support the partnership will further build on the complementary strengths across the institutions.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

University of Bradford

Universities working together: the Leeds / Bradford partnership
The University works in close partnership with other higher education institutions. In a recent successful bid to expand the number of medical students, the University has joined forces with Bradford NHS organisations and the University of Bradford to widen access to students entering medicine from a broader range of social and ethnic backgrounds. The initiative will benefit students from non-conventional academic backgrounds such as those without traditional A-levels or mature students, as well as students from minority ethnic backgrounds, particularly women, who are able to study whilst living at home if preferred. The first cohort of the new students started their studies in Bradford in 2002.

The White Rose University Consortium

Universities working together: the White Rose Research Triangle
Supported by a new funding award from HEFCE’s Higher Education Innovation Fund specifically to support Knowledge Transfer, the Faculty is developing areas of collaboration across the White Rose consortium, a strategic partnership across three leading research universities in Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield and York. The ‘White Rose Research Triangle’ will create an internationally significant resource for business with a combined research capacity ranking alongside Oxford and Cambridge, and will attract significant R&D investment to the region.


Knowledge Transfer: Developing partnerships in business, technology and health
Supported by the award from the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the Faculty will build on our track record in knowledge transfer activity through two inter-related initiatives - a Centre for Health Enterprise and an inter-disciplinary Centre for Innovation in Health Management with Leeds University Business School. Both developments will be fully commissioned during 2005 for effective delivery of the University’s 3rd arm strategy relating to business, technology and health. The Centre for Health Enterprise will develop strong links between academia, business and industry and expand future commercial opportunities. Recent success stories include the establishment of Leeds Ante-Natal Screening Service (LASS) as a limited company and a successful bid to the European Regional Development Fund through Medilink to exploit the commercial opportunities for technology transfer specifically in relation to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


Centre for Innovation in Health Management
The Centre will foster academic leadership for research and innovation of projects in health system priority areas identified at local, national and international level. Working in partnership with NHS trusts and NHS Workforce Development Confederations, the centre will develop new programmes to improve the management and leadership capabilities of healthcare specialists and a range of Continuous Professional Development and executive programmes that are specifically tailored to meet regional and national needs.

The Yorkshire Deanery

The Yorkshire Deanery
Department for NHS Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

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