Care Sciences

The School of Care Sciences aims to provide students with attributes, skills and knowledge necessary to deliver a high standard of care in all contemporary healthcare settings.

The School encompasses:

Nursing and Health Sciences

Midwifery


Key Staff

Head of School - Nicky Genders

Associate Head of School - Sian Jones

Associate Head of School - Jill Barnes

Associate Head of School - Diane Powles


As well as offering a number of undergraduate and postgraduate options, we also offer a number of short courses in nursing for students and health professionals to develop their skills.

Nursing Students

Cutting-edge Learning Environment

Nursing and Midwifery students benefit from a cutting edge learning environment thanks to our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre which replicates a fully operational mini-hospital, its wards and specialist units including intensive care, paediatric and maternity suites, complete with the technologies you would find in an acute hospital.

Clinical Simulation Centre

The Maternity unit is home to advanced birthing and maternal simulators (Gaumard Noelle) which can be programmed to simulate various stages of pregnancy and related scenarios.

Healthcare Placements

Supervised practice placements are an integral part of the courses offered by the School of Care Sciences. Students work alongside registered practitioners to care for patients with multiple and complex care needs. Due to our central location in South Wales, students benefit from working with a diverse range of populations across our three partner health boards – Cwm Taf, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan.

Career Progression

Graduating students are qualified to start work as a staff nurse or midwife. Graduates are employed as registered nurses and midwives in the NHS and in the independent sector. Employers are keen to attract University of South Wales students because they know they are confident, competent and safe practitioners.

The patient (a CAE Human Patient Simulator) being ventilated in ITU at our Clinical Simulation Centre


Nursing Research

More than half of USW’s nursing and healthcare research is either world-leading or internationally excellent (3-4*) and all of our research is internationally recognised, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Centre for Research and Innovation in Care Sciences
The Centre for Research & Innovation in Care Sciences has an over-arching focus on the promotion and maintenance of health and social well-being. Research is collaborative and interdisciplinary and considers both the application and implication of new knowledge for health and social care practice, policy, and professional education. The Centre currently comprises five Research Units, which span both the School of Care Sciences and the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice:

Care Sciences Research Unit
Research from the Care Sciences Research Unit is made up of dynamic groups of staff who encourage many different types of development in the area of care sciences such as acute care, enduring health needs and health professional education.

Clinical Technology and Diagnostics Research Unit
The Unit’s areas of research include the impact of sports and daily life on the mechanics of human body function; assessment and development of tools used for diagnosis, assessment of Raynaud’s phenomenon diagnosis and glove development; and chiropractic clinical research. 

Genomics Policy Unit
The Genomics Policy Unit (GPU) is one of the longest established research groups studying the ‘new genetics’ in existence in the UK. The Unit’s aim is to make a significant contribution to professional preparation, public education, and ultimately to care improvement in the emerging era of genomic healthcare, through the generation of new knowledge and the application of that knowledge to policy developments.

Unit for Development in Intellectual Disabilities
UDID’s mission is to enhance quality of life and quality of service provision for people with intellectual disabilities and their families and carers. They do this via an integrated programme of research, education and practice.