News | School of Healthcare given a lifeline

The NHS has stepped in to offer potential support to the School of Healthcare.

Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber is now considering helping the development of healthcare sciences at the University.

Diagnostic Radiography, Cardiac Physiology and Audiology could all remain in Leeds if an agreement is reached. The School of Healthcare will focus on Nursing and Midwifery.

The NHS has been in discussion throughout the review of the school, comparing the academic and financial sustainability of the School. According to a letter sent out to Healthcare students: “NHS colleagues have now made it clear to the University that several key NHS organisations want to work together to provide some tangible support for the continued academic development of healthcare sciences in the University.

“The University welcomes this offer from NHS colleagues.” Gemma Liddle, the School rep for Social Work, said: “Although no decisions are set in stone, it is such a positive development. I think this proves the power of the student voice, and should serve as motivation for us all to continue with the work we still have to do for the other courses.”

Students have been fighting for the survival of the School of Healthcare since the University announced it was under review in November. A petition has gained over 3,000 signatures in support of saving the school. Charlotte Warner, the Union’s Welfare officer, described the news as a “positive turn” but added “there is still more to do to secure a long term future [of the school]”.

Some courses remain at risk including Social Work, Counselling, Psychotherapy and Pharmacy. Further options are being explored with the University for Social Work.

Maddy Keating

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