The School of Health Sciences is home to innovative research and inspiring and passionate staff. A leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development education, we’re ranked 13th in the UK by both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide and scored highly in the latest National Student Survey.
Do people have a better chance of surviving a heart attack if they have an electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded in the ambulance before they reach hospital?
We’re analysing data from around half a million patients, covering every hospital in England and Wales. By identifying the types of patient who are less likely to receive an ECG in the ambulance, we’ll see the impact this test has on patients’ access to specialist treatment and, ultimately, their survival.
Our research — sponsored by the British Heart Foundation — will influence future national and international guidelines and equipment funding decisions by the NHS. It’s potentially lifesaving work.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent male cancer across Europe. More than two million men are living with the disease and the side effects of treatment.
We’re running a randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of self-management intervention to help men cope with the side-effects of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
The trial, run in collaboration with the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital, East Surrey Hospital, Basingstoke Hospital and Ashford St. Peter’s Hospital, involves teaching men specialist cognitive and behavioural techniques via sessions with a prostate cancer nurse. 96 men who are experiencing moderate to severe urinary symptoms are taking part. The sessions start with a 15 minute film, made by University of Surrey, called ‘Getting down to coping’.
Following our study, a wider number of men will be offered the sessions. The study will be used as a basis for identifying and targeting patients’ individual needs and as a framework for managing other difficult-to-treat symptoms.
How do you improve the bedside manner of the nurses of the future?
At University of Surrey, student nurses worked with forum members from Age UK West Sussex to write and perform a radio play to highlight the importance of understanding older people. The project aimed to foster greater empathy among student nurses and improve their knowledge of the requirements of people under their care.
It’s a novel approach, but it works.
Dr Khim Horton, project leader, said: “Some people have stereotypical views about ageing. The radio play challenged and hopefully will change the culture of practice among our students.”
Over three million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Europe, and with numbers likely to increase, there's a growing need for personalised care - without a higher cost.
Researchers at the University of Surrey are pioneering a €6m project that could revolutionise cancer care, and reduce costly hospital visits, by using mobile phone technology to remotely monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Learn more about the eSMART project.
From investigating how to better services for people with dementia, diabetes and cancer, to exploring healthy ageing and the emotional burden of caregiving, our research into the care of people with long-term conditions makes a life changing difference.
With collaborations across many disciplines, including the arts and engineering, our health researchers are breaking new ground in areas that affect us all.
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Physics Professor and Radio 4 Life Scientific presenter Jim Al Khalili interviewed comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax as part of Surrey’s first Mental Health Awareness Week.
Simon Jones, Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Integrated Care Research, is part of a team of leading scientists who have identified a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with a serious heart infection alongside a large fall in the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis to dental patients.
"The Mental Health Nursing course is challenging, but there is something new to learn every day."
Hayley shares highlights from her time as a student nurse and explains how an Erasmus placement in Norway enhanced her University experience.
"The Health Sciences staff are very friendly and work hard to help you achieve your best."
"Being on placement is the most challenging and the most rewarding part of the course."
"My placements at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals have been incredible. The staff are very good at guiding you through practice while allowing you to be independent enough to test your skills."
The University of Surrey’s nursing programmes have secured a top position in the latest Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The University of Surrey is among the top eight higher education institutions for student satisfaction, according to the latest National Student Survey.
Dr Lisa McCann, Senior Lecturer and Lead of e-Health within the School of Health Sciences, played a key role in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – taking part in both the baton relay and closing ceremony.
Pioneering study into the metabolism of breast cancer cells could spark new ways of classifying and treating the disease.
New report suggests GPs are well well-placed to act on concerns about issues such as child neglect and emotional abuse.
Visiting Professor Andy Newton awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM) for distinguished service.
Surrey programmes ranked 13th in both the Guardian and the Complete University Guide league tables.
Surrey’s innovative nursing programmes have jumped to 13th place in the latest league table from the Complete University Guide.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (May 12-18), Surrey Mental Health Teaching Fellow Clive Tobutt shares some top tips to help reduce anxiety.
Surrey study reveals positive link between the survival of heart attack patients and the use of an electrocardiogram (ECG) by ambulance crews.
"I’ve been on a wide variety of placements during the course, including hospital wards, community nursing, a special school and a children’s hospice. I enjoy being able to apply the theory we learn at University in a professional environment."
Professor Tom Quinn and Professor Margaret Rayman share their research passions.
"You learn so much so quickly while on placement. I have worked with some great mentors who have taught me lots about midwifery and pushed me to help me meet my full potential."
Our exciting Paramedic Practice degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an articulate and confident paramedic.
Innovative eSMART project will trial the use of mobile phone technology to remotely monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Molecular microbiologist Dr Simon Park and Nadine Page, Tutor in Mental Health, warn of the long-term impact of flooding on health.
International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory aims to shine new light on ethics in health and social care.
'Think Family' project aims to improve support for vulnerable children with a seriously ill family member.
Inspiring lecture reveals the benefits of exercise for people living with cancer.
The University’s four faculties got together on 16 January to celebrate the achievements of the three-year MILES programme and the launch of its successor, Collaboration Surrey.
Study into the psychological impact of young caregiving featured in Nursing Children and Young People.
The Department of Health Care Management and Policy (DHCMP) runs introductory medical statistics course.
Surrey Health and Social Care students now benefit from even better patient simulation facilities, thanks to a £55,000 donation from the Ted Adams Trust.
"There have been many exciting days and there’s so much to learn."
"I like how the tutors arrange for actors to come in and take on the role of patients – it makes it feel so real."
Dominic, who is in his final year of our Mental Health Nursing degree, reveals why he chose to come to Surrey and is passionate about training to become a mental health nurse.
Surrey students joined hundreds of police, fire and ambulance personnel for a high adrenaline professional training exercise.
Surrey academics join continent-wide coalition of organisations to revolutionise benefit/risk assessment of vaccines.
Students on our Adult Nursing degree explain how the programme has changed their lives, and the benefits of beginning a degree in the new year.
Students on our Adult Nursing programme have been selected for the NHS Care Makers scheme, a pioneering project to promote nursing’s core values and improve patient-centred compassionate care.
Professor Nora Kearney will join the University of Surrey in January.
"Surrey has some advanced simulation facilities which really help with developing practical skills and the ability to translate what is learnt in the classroom into the practice setting."
"When I decided to train for a career as a paramedic, Surrey felt like the perfect match for me."
Jessica Collins, a third year Child Nursing student, reveals why she chose to come to Surrey and is passionate about training to become a nurse.
Staff from the University of Surrey’s Operating Department Practice programme explain how training to become an ODP can unlock doors to a fascinating career.
Study reveals more than eight in ten men living with prostate cancer may not be getting the nursing care they need to cope with the life-changing side effects of treatment.
New study suggests giving oxygen to people having a heart attack could do more harm than good.
Dr Dan Jackson, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, has won an award from the British Medical Association for his recent textbook ‘Healthcare Economics Made Easy’.
The University of Surrey has maintained its excellent ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
Johnjoe McFadden, Professor of Molecular Genetics, will lead on work to boost the global impact of Surrey's world class research, enterprise and teaching.
Looking for a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare? Andi Sambrook, Director of Studies for Operating Department Practice, answers key questions about training and working as an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP).
Researchers from the University of Surrey’s School of Health and Social Care have designed a new tool that aims to improve the confidence and skills of newly qualified nurses.
Surrey Health and Social Care students will be among the first in the UK to benefit from new training mannequins that make learning and perfecting CPR more accurate, interactive and fun.
Derk-Jan Dijk, Professor of Sleep and Physiology and Director of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre, named Associate Dean (research) for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
Teenagers got a glimpse into life as a student nurse or midwife at the first Surrey Nursing Summer School.
From the impact of vitamin intake to the benefits of computational biology, the Festival of Research showcased the breadth of pioneering work being undertaken in our Faculty of Health of Medical Sciences.
Dr Ann Gallagher comments on the ethics of force-feeding.
The University of Surrey has joined more than 480 organisations in the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).
No two days are ever the same for the emergency services. The same could be said for student paramedics at the University of Surrey.
A new organisation that aims to improve the health of people in the south east by promoting greater collaboration between the NHS, academic institutions and industry is under development, and the University of Surrey is playing a key role.
An organisation that provides support and advice to health and social care researchers in the South East has been awarded £5.2m to continue its work.
Just 13 per cent of women who have had gestational diabetes receive the right care after giving birth — a shortfall that leaves many at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Dr Karen Ballard spent an extraordinary year working with mothers-to-be in Ethiopia
Partnership pledges to improve the health of millions of people in the South East.
Professor Tom Quinn, Associate Dean for Health and Medical Strategy in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, has been awarded the top research prize at the TRUST ‘Making an Impact: what’s new in emergency pre-hospital care research?’ conference in Cardiff.