Save Healthcare Training at the University of Leeds
The School of Healthcare at Leeds University is under a twin threat, externally through Government Health Service reconfigurations and cuts, and internally through a desire by the university to push the School through a one size fits all model of research excellence that has more to do with league tables than with the quality of education, professional training and vocational practice.
Current plans in the University seem set to lead to:
1) the closure of: Pharmacy, Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, Counselling and Psychotherapy
2) the possible closure of Diagnostic Radiography and Social Work
3) the retention of Nursing and Midwifery, subject to “transformation of the staff base.”
The Review that the University has initiated seems likely to have unintended consequences and to impact on:
1) National skills shortages
2) The national importance and reputation of some of the disciplines within the school
3) The quality of education available to students
4) The need of local people (many of them women returners) to be able to study in Leeds
5) The quality of clinical care available in West Yorkshire and surrounding areas.