Facilities and expertise in Health and Wellbeing


Develop your skills in healthcare with the outstanding facilities at Staffordshire University.

Our complete range of dedicated clinical facilities include simulated wards, virtual and augmented reality technology and industry-standard analytical and medical equipment that puts you in the heart of healthcare environments while you’re studying. For example, we have a full training ambulance so students can prepare for real life scenarios using the equipment they will find when they go on to placement and in to practice.

Throughout the year, we host several opportunities for students to partake in interdisciplinary simulated training experiences that are set up as large scale events on our campuses. Recently this has included a simulated terrorist attack, where students have to practice their team, communication and leadership skills in a pressurised scenario. These experiences have previously included students from our paramedic and nursing courses as well as students from policing and media courses.

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Centre for Health Innovation

Our new Centre for Health Innovation at our Stafford Campus is a cutting-edge space designed in collaboration with industry experts and funded through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) Getting Building Fund, this exciting new 1242sqm facility will include a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centre.

The facility aims to meet modern demands and challenges in the sector, meaning that students, healthcare professionals and start-up businesses, will have the chance to immerse themselves in the latest medical techniques and methods.

Using advanced VR and AR technology, the Centre for Health Innovation will facilitate opportunities to explore and develop new patient safety techniques through cutting edge digital simulation and immersion suites.

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The skills lab is amazing. You get to develop skills which you can use in practice. Before we even got a placement, I learned how to scrub up. It just gives you that extra bit of confidence and a little head start.

Coral Edge

Graduate now working at Leighton Hospital


Clinical Training Facilities

Our labs provide the environment for you to learn fundamental skills associated with emergency pre-hospital care. This includes: advanced patient assessment techniques, airway management, obtaining intramuscular, intravenous and intraosseous access, advanced life-support skills.

Cutting-edge Equipment

You'll practise a range of patient care scenarios from basic vital signs monitoring to responding to emergency situations such as cardiac arrest.

Safeside at Eastside

You'll experience some of the most realistic training scenarios during a day spent at the West Midlands Fire Service Safeside at Eastside location in Birmingham. This location boasts a custom built training village and students are required to answer radio calls to various mock incidents.


Whichever course you choose, you will be taught by a team who have a wide range of experience and expertise in their areas with many members of our team being active researchers. This provides students with up-to-date and working knowledge of the areas they are looking to go in to, enhancing the learning experience further. 

Our staff

Helen Ashwood

Senior Lecturer

I am the Course Lead for the MSc Nursing and am passionate about student experience both in university and practice placements.

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Dawn Lawrence

Senior Lecturer

I joined the University in 2019 and I have been instrumental in the design of the new BA (Hons) Working with Children Young People and Families. I have an interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and I am very proactive in driving this forward.

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Dr Anna Tsaroucha

Course Director

I graduated from the University of Ioannina (Greece) in 1996 with a BA in Philosophy, Paedagogy and Psychology (First Class).

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Alexandra Birch

Head Of Department - Nursing & Midwifery

I am currently the Interim Head of Department for Midwifery and Allied Health and Biological and Biomedical Science (Practice) and Lead Midwife for Education (LME) at Staffordshire University.

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Dr Richard Halfpenny

Course Director

Richard spent 16 years working in a business setting before returning to university studying a PhD on the species discrimination of cryptic Culex mosquito species using non-molecular methods, and their olfactory mediated sugar feeding behaviou…

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Rebecca Boden

Senior Lecturer

Rebecca is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Staffordshire University graduate wide variety of experience and interests including children’s cancer care, human factors and leadership.

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Stanley Mills


Stan is a registered Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) and lecturer at Staffordshire University. He has experience in clinical mentoring and supervision, simulation training and theatre leadership.

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Matthew Rutter

Associate Dean - Curriculum

Matt is currently the Associate Dean – Curriculum and holds a broad portfolio of responsibility for the School of Health, Science and wellbeing.

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Professor Elizabeth Boath


I am Liz Boath, Professor of Health and Wellbeing. I have three decades experience of Health and Social Care education and research and expertise in perinatal mental health and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

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Dr Peter Kevern


Peter's expertise includes dementia studies, ageing and religion and religious communities and their role in health promotion. Peter is a member of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality and is a Trustee of Age Concern (Birmingham…

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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