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Department of Clinical Sciences

Head of Department: Dr Subhash Pokhrel

Pokhrel_Portrait_newWelcome to the Department of Clinical Sciences.

The Department is part of the College of Health and Life Sciences and conducts teaching and research in several areas of allied health professions, nursing, social work, public health, health promotion and health economics. We deliver high quality professional and public health education in line with the University’s mission “to bring benefit to society through excellence in education, research and knowledge transfer”. Our courses are highly regarded by students.

We conduct cutting-edge research in a number of areas. Our approach to research is driven by the needs of policymakers and other stakeholders including patients and members of the lay public. Faculty research in the department is facilitated via Research Institute Themes and College Research Centres. In REF 2014, overall 69% of our submissions in Public Health, 65% in Social Work and Social Policy, and 55% in Allied Health and Nursing were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. Our students write dissertations and theses, across this wider research domain as they start building their skills in planning, conducting and disseminating research.

Public engagement activities are part of our academic life. We build interdisciplinary partnerships to foster education, research and knowledge transfer.

Joining the Department as a student or a member of staff will provide you with excellent opportunities to become an independent practitioner in your chosen field. Come along and join us!  

Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing

The Division of Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing is led by Linda Maskill and Anne McIntyre. Occupational Therapy at Brunel is the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy’ and is one of the most highly regarded programmes globally. In Community Nursing, we offer post-registration courses in the three pathways of Health Visiting, Occupational Health Nursing and School Nursing. Our academics in nursing are research-active, focusing on breast cancer, mental health and workplace health.

Physiotherapy and Physician Associate

The Division of Physiotherapy and Physician Associate is led by John Cossar. Physiotherapy is staffed by enthusiastic and experienced lecturers who are also registered Physiotherapists. Many continue to practise in the clinical environment alongside lecturing. The Physician Associate programme is an exciting new course at Brunel, offering graduates the opportunity to join this new and growing healthcare profession within the NHS. Our academics running this programme have years of experience in the field of Physician Associate, as well as experience in training both undergraduate and postgraduate doctors. 

Social Work

The Social Work Division, led by Dr Holly Nelson-Becker, is staffed by enthusiastic academics, who represent a wide range of practice and academic experience. Our Social Work MA is approved by the HCPC Council and endorsed by the College of Social Work. In addition, students can extend their skills by studying on our Continuing Professional Development Programmes. Our close links with social service and voluntary organisations ensures quality placements for our students, equipping them with the skills they need to work in highly complex professional environments. 

Health Sciences

The Division of Health Sciences, led by Subhash Pokhrel encompasses the disciplines of Health Economics and Public Health and Health Promotion. The Health Economics Research Group (HERG) has developed an international reputation in health economics, building on strong foundations and a consistent strategy pursued over more than twenty-five years. Economic Evaluation in Health Care short courses are run regularly throughout the year. Our academics have a range of expertise covering economic analysis, health research, health promotion and public health, health care law and ethics, health and social policy and health services.