Health Professions and Nursing

Discover Health Professions and Nursing at UCSD

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 programmes since the introduction of the Assistant Practitioner aligned programme FdSc Healthcare Practice in September 2006, and the colleges first BSc Top-up programme, Enhanced Integrated Care in 2012.

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

In 2021 the team were approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to deliver the Higher Apprenticeship and Foundation Degree for Nursing Associates, becoming the first college to be an approved education provider with the NMC with its own awarded Foundation Degree.

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Our courses are delivered by clinical 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.

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 – Head of Health Professions and Nursing
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)

Paul Hindle – Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer – Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care and Foundation Degree in Health Studies
Paul has worked at the University Centre since 2016 as a lecturer. His specialist subjects are anatomy and physiology, evidence-based practice and philosophies of healthcare. He has been a Chiropractor, working in private practice, since 2012 and continues to develop his skills in clinical practice, specialising in sports injuries and rehabilitation. Paul’s area of interest is based around hypermobility and the most suitable types of exercise training for this and other conditions. 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)

Hannah Rollins – Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer – Programme Lead for Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner, Foundation Degree Assistant Practitioner and Level 5 Leader in Adult Care
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. Hannah is passionate about the Assistant Practitioner role, and this reflects in the support and guidance that she will offer as your personal tutor. 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

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 – Health Professions and Nursing Placement Coordinator Bernadette 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)

Laura Fuller – Health Professions and Nursing Lecturer

Programme Lead for Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship Nursing Associate and Foundation Degree Nursing Associate

Laura is a passionate and proud registered mental health nurse who had worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years. Her background includes forensic mental health (both prison and hospital), children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) , adult acute inpatient and home treatment. She has a keen interest in clinical education and was able to complete her PGCE in Clinical Education 3 years ago. She is proud to have been able to be part of initiatives around preceptorship, student nurses and Trainee Nursing Associate pilots aiming to increase skills, knowledge, and confidence to benefit those patients we work alongside.
Antonio (Giulio) Specchia – Health Professions and Nursing lecturer Giulio has more than 13 years of passionate experience as an audiologist and hearing aid dispenser, in public frameworks and private sector and more recently as an Advanced Practitioner. Giulio has a keen interest in neurosciences, research, and public health. Giulio has recently been appointed as the Regional Representative for the British Academy of Audiology. He is committed to strengthening and developing the regional network and providing educational opportunities in the South West.
Zoe Bradley – Health Professions and Nursing lecturer Zoe trained as a Registered Nurse in the British Army in 1998. Shortly after qualifying she was deployed to Afghanistan where she experienced battlefield trauma. Zoe served for 7 years gaining experience in burns, plastics and reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics, urology, medicine and high dependency. On leaving the Army she completed a BSc (Hons) midwifery (shortened) course allowing her to be dual registered as a nurse and a midwife which she maintained for 8 years before concentrating solely on her nursing career. She has worked in theatre recovery, the local hospice and works currently as a clinical nurse specialist and education facilitator in palliative and end of life care at Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust.
Kathy Gallant – Health Professions and Nursing lecturer Kathy qualified as a Registered General Nurse in the 1970s, going on to become a midwife. She practised Midwifery in both the hospital and the community and towards the end of her Midwifery career she began teaching childcare and development as well as paediatric first aid.  Following a move to Devon in 2014, Kathy joined Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust working mainly in Community Nursing.  Kathy recently qualified as a Health Visitor in 2021 and to date has also been a Covid-19 vaccinator.
Glen Weaver Health Professions and Nursing lecturer Glen has been a Registered Nurse since 2003 and since that time has had a passion for training and education. Glen is passionate about student education and mentoring and has acted as a sign off mentor since gaining his post graduate mentoring qualification from the University of Chester. Glen has worked as a Peri Operative Clinical Educator and has been actively involved in training staff in Orthopaedic trauma techniques and has also acted in the role of a manual handling trainer and assessor as well as the infection control link nurse. He has experience of providing clinical education to all grades of staff across the operating theatre departments within various hospitals both in the NHS and private sector. Glen has worked as a senior scrub practitioner across all major specialities which includes general, emergency, and minor day surgery, as well as vascular surgery and endoscopy.
Ella Reynolds Health Professions and Nursing lecturer Ella qualified a Registered Nurse in 2012, she has worked in Paediatric Intensive Care and has expertise in critical and urgent care of the sick child and young person in areas such as neurology, cardiology, transplant, oncology, and trauma.  Ella has also worked as a Family Liaison Junior Sister supporting child and family bereavement and palliative care. She has undertaken Advanced Communication Skills training and has also regularly taught on Communication, Safeguarding and Conflict resolution courses and provided one-to-one supervision for staff and students. Ella has regularly delivered teaching sessions for both the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University and holds a Masters of Clinical Health Research alongside presenting and disseminating research at conferences and through journal publication.  Ella has worked as the ‘Learning Disabilities Lead Nurse’ whilst working in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and has substantial experience in the assessment and support of patients and carers with Learning Disability. She currently works as a Staff Nurse in Paediatric Outpatients at Royal Cornwall Hospital and has a passion for developing research within this area.