Health-Related Studies

Welcome to the Discipline pages for Health Related Studies. This discipline area within the HEA covers a broad range of professions, disciplines and subject areas from Pharmacy and professions covered by the Health Professions Council to Public Health and Health informatics - incorporating a wide variety of other subjects and disciplines. The Health Sciences cluster is comprised of five Discipline areas - the other four being Medicine and Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Social Work and Social Policy and Nursing and Midwifery.

The aim of the health cluster and the Health Related Studies discipline area is to support colleagues within Higher Education in relation to teaching and learning, pursuing excellence, utilising research to engage in research informed teaching with regard to delivery as well as content and to enhance the student experience.

There are multiple ways in which support is provided including:

  • Events, workshops, seminars, webinars and podcasts - encouraging dissemination of projects, opportunity for networking and sharing of good practice.
  • Direct contact from discipline leads: Institutions, departments and teams are encouraged to contact the discipline lead for information about offering support - this may be arranged via virtual or face-to-face meetings as appropriate.
  • Funding - including UK travel grants, teaching development grants and some limited support for small scale projects which contribute to current cluster themes.
  • Change Academy - working with teams to effect change in the workplace.
  • The Health and Social Care cluster currently provides a monthly update bulletin and a peer reviewed online journal published twice a year. Further information and guidelines for authors are available here.
  • Health and Social Care cluster repository - links to resources, reports from projects and teaching tools.

Special Interest Groups

Encouraging and enhancing service user engagement is important area for the discipline. There are links to our special interest group, resources and relevant events. If you would like to submit resources to be shared with colleagues please contact the Discipline Lead for further details - there are opportunities to share links to resources via our monthly bulletin or via our resource pages.

Further information is available on the website or contact the Discipline Lead, Dr Dawne Gurbutt.

Key Project Areas:

There are a range of resources which have been put together which may be useful for colleagues in the preparation and delivery of teaching and learning in the following areas:

Patient and Public Involvement and Service User Engagement


Mental Health


  • International Work
  • UK case studies

Links to Professional Bodies:

Links to Partners