Health Professions and Nursing


The Health Professions and Nursing Team is one of the largest teams at University Centre South Devon. We are a major contributor to the region’s workforce development, delivering high quality education and training tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce, service users and your career.

The team have been delivering Health related programmes for a number of years, and we have recently enrolled our 14th cohort of students onto the Assistant Practitioner programme.

Our courses are delivered by professionals in a supportive environment, utilising the latest online platforms and providing simulated learning environments and placement opportunities. We work in partnership with a range of public and private sector employers to provide learning opportunities that meet changing workforce development needs.

In 2019 the team were approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) to deliver the Foundation Degree Hearing Aid Audiology. We are the first college to become an approved education provider with the HCPC for its own Foundation Degree.

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Key Information and Policies

To support the delivery of these courses, a range of policies and procedures have been developed to reflect the specific requirements of clinical placements. The main documents are:

The full range of UCSD Policies, Procedures and Academic Regulations is available here.

Information and Guidance for Applicants

The team are required to select their applicants for their courses using a ‘values based’ approach. As part of this process, your personal statement should include evidence of your personal commitment to NHS values, these values will also be discussed during the interview process.  These values are:

  • working together for patients
  • respect and dignity
  • commitment to quality of care
  • compassion
  • improving lives
  • everyone counts

Values Based Guidance

For further information is available via NHS constitution.


The Simulation Suite

The Simulation Suite has been designed to provide students with the environment and facilities to prepare them for the workplace. The space has been designed to be adaptable to meet the changing needs of students and employers.

As a student, the suite will be used to learn necessary skills and take part in a range of simulation scenarios. These scenarios are designed to replicate real-world conditions and enable you to safely practice situations that you might be confronted with on placement or when qualified.

Patient, Carer and Service Users Advisory Group

This group includes representatives of all ages and abilities from a diverse range of backgrounds who have used, or are using, health services as a patient. It also includes individuals who have experience of caring for someone.

Patients, Carers and Service users will support our specialist team to shape the new generation of health care professionals from an early stage in their careers, so that all of our students are aware of the perspectives and experiences of service users and carers, and can benefit from their insights and experiences of care.

You can find more information on our dedicated Patient, Carer and Service Users Advisory Group page.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email [email protected].


Acute Unilateral Vestibulopathy Study

The specialist team is currently undertaking a research study with an American partner, testing the efficacy of a new device, the OtoBand, in reducing vertigo, balance and gait issues for Acute Unilateral Vestibulopathy patients.

The OtoBand device has been shown to prevent motion sickness and other vestibular-related issues in previous studies. The OtoBand is also being tested in studies at University of Maryland (Caloric/VNG) and Thomas Jefferson University (Migraine Associated Vertigo).

Research Showcase

Each year UCSD host a Research Showcase where final year students present their research alongside academic staff and industry keynote speakers. Students have presented research on the following topics:

  • Boomerangs approach: Institutionalisation to freedom and back again – BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care
  • An investigative review of methodologies of toe brachial pressure index techniques in the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease – BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care
  • The Impact of Podiatry Assistant Practitioners Within the NHS – FdSc Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practitioner)
  • Can the NHS cope with the ageing population and the prevalence of dementia – BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice

Keynote speakers have included:

  • Jan Lawry, Director of J Lawry Healthcare Management
  • Nicola Dames, CEO Vanilla Bush
  • Ian Sheriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia, University of Plymouth

International Trips

For the past three years we have arranged international visits to broaden students’ cultural awareness and immerse them into different clinical environments and experiences. In 2018 and 2019 we visited Amsterdam, where students attended a lecture on euthanasia from NVVE society, visited a specialist dementia nursing home and received a talk from the Prostitution Information Centre.

In March 2020, we organised an international trip to Budapest, with the aim to provide the opportunity for students to visit a range of clinical settings across Hungarian Health & Social Care. Visits included the Philantrope Foundation (addict rehabilitation), Vadaskert Foundation (child psychiatry) and the Peto Institute (Children’s Cerebral Palsy Centre).

Our international trips are carefully planned alongside the development of the curricula of the programme, to ensure that the trip adds value to both the students’ academic knowledge and graduate employability. We explore various international trip options each year to provide students with different experiences to enhance their practice and knowledge.

Meet the Team

Claire Langman – Health Professions and Nursing Manager
Claire has seventeen years’ experience within various practical settings across the health and social care sector, including the NHS and private fields. She has eleven years of experience teaching in higher education at FdSc, BSc and MSc level and has previously taught at the University of Bristol, Anglia Ruskin University, Aston University and Tianjin University.Qualifications:
MSc Audiological Science
BSc (Hons) Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Certificate

Professional Membership:
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP)

Jon Hall – Lead Coordinator Health Professions and Nursing
Jon has 13 years’ experience of working in Higher Education with a focus on quality and data processes, professional regulatory body monitoring and student engagement.Qualifications:
DipHE Politics & Social Policy
HND Business & Finance

Professional Membership:
Member of the Association of University Administrators (MAUA)

Paul Hindle – Programme Lead BSc Enhanced Integrated Care and Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer
Paul has fifteen years’ experience of working in the private health care sector, specialising in musculoskeletal care. He is a Clinical Education lecturer and personal tutor with two years’ experience of teaching in Higher Education.Qualifications:
MSc in Chiropractic
BSc in Natural Science
PGCert in Professional Development
Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Professional Membership:
General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
British Chiropractic Association (BCA)
Member of the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCA)

Sam Bassett – Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer
Sam has 11 years’ experience working in the health and social care sector, with the last 7 years within the NHS. Sam specialises in mental health and wellbeing, clinical skills and simulation. Sam is a clinical education lecturer and personal tutor with 18 months’ experience teaching in higher education.Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care
FdSc Healthcare Practice (Nursing Associate)
Certificate in Education and Training

Professional Membership:
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Hannah Rollins – Programme Lead FdSc Assistant Practitioner and Level 5 Leader in Adult Care and Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer
Hannah is a qualified Assistant Practitioner and has 13 years’ experience within various areas of both the private and NHS sector of adult and neonatal care. Hannah has also recently assisted in the management of a residential care home dramatically improving their overall CQC rating.Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice
FdSc Healthcare Practice

Andrew Hall – Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer
Andy worked as a Research Microbiologist before training to become a Registered Adult Nurse working in emergency, critical and coronary care settings. He then specialised as a Research Nurse. Andy has been involved with higher education at UCSD since 2018 and is currently a part-time lecturer and personal tutor within the Clinical Education team.Qualifications:
MSc By Thesis: Pathology and Microbiology
BSc (Hons) Applied Microbiological Sciences
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education

Professional Membership:
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Natalie Cusack – Health Professions and Nursing LecturerNatalie is a Qualified Mental Health Nurse who worked in the NHS for 11 years. Natalie started as a Healthcare Assistant in Acute Adult Inpatient Services and since qualifying as a nurse in 2013 has experience in Forensic Mental Health, Adult Community Mental Health and Bed Capacity Coordination.Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Pre-Registration Mental Health Nursing
Level 6 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment and Formulation
Level 6 Facilitating Workplace Learning

Professional Membership:
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing

Anne Gallon – Workplace Coordinator
Anne has over 15 years’ experience working in a leadership role within social care, supporting children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities. Anne has been Workplace Coordinator for Health and Care for the past three years.Qualifications:
Combined Level 4 Health and Social Care/Registered Managers Award
Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance
Bernadette Fitzsimons – Workplace CoordinatorBernadette has twenty years’ experience working in education with a vast knowledge of different positions. Bernadette has experience working in a pastoral role with children with behavioural and special education needs. Bernadette has also taught A Level Psychology, Health and Social Care, Sociology, PSHE and CACHE. Most recently, Bernadette enrolled on a Counselling diploma.Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Post Graduate Certificate in Ed
Occupation and Vocational Assessors Award

Professional membership:
British Psychological Society (BPS)

Helene Chandler – Workplace Coordinator
Helene has twenty-four years’ experience teaching within secondary and higher education settings, most recently lecturing in Health and Social Care at Exeter College. Her specialism is safeguarding and additional needs. Helene has also worked in social care, working as a youth worker across Torbay supporting mental health and wellbeing.Qualifications:
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BA (Hons) English & Drama
Triple P Intervention Practitioner and Thrive Trainer