Institute of Health and Social Care

A leading provider of healthcare training in London

We believe that we all rise higher when we rise together. That’s why for years we've been providing nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates with the skills, confidence and experience to go successfully on and work for 60+ NHS partner organisations across all five London NHS regions (and beyond), or in private healthcare in the UK and internationally.

Our role in the community

A thriving community rises from a healthy community. The Institute of Health and Social Care will help position the LSBU Group as leaders in addressing the health, social justice and wellbeing challenges facing our society.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why key to our programmes is our partnership with major organisations and Trusts across London and the South East. It means our students have opportunities to enjoy first-class work placements across NHS Trusts and leading healthcare provider – which is a crucial part of their professional development.

Our locations

In addition to our main Southwark campus (our home for over 125 years) and Havering campus, we are expanding our facilities in 2021 with the opening of the LSBU Health Skills Centre and a brand new campus in Croydon.

LSBU Health Skills Centre

The Government has committed to increasing the nursing workforce by an additional 50,000 nurses and 25,000 allied health professionals by the next general election. For London, this will represent an increase of between 20,00 to 30,000 healthcare jobs. This is one of the reasons why we’re opening the LSBU Health Skills Centre in collaboration with Guy's and St Thomas.

Croydon campus

Our specialist healthcare campus in Croydon isn’t opening by coincidence. Croydon was selected to help the NHS tackle a severe shortage of nurses across London, the South East and the Gatwick triangle. Opening in September 2021, the campus will offer courses in Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and an Integrated Masters Chiropractic (the only Chiropractic course in London). Find out more here.

Our facilities

Training for health and social care professions is uniquely challenging. Our students learn by simulation, using the latest technologies in laboratories that reflect professional environments. For instance, they rehearse emergencies in our real-time labour ward, and get a feel for hospital acute care environments in the critical care laboratory. We also have life-size simulator mannequins, which can be programmed with various clinical conditions, plus a virtual learning environment that can simulate a radiotherapy treatment room.

These outstanding facilities allow our students to put their skills into practice in real world situations so they’re ready to hit the ground running!


As a university, we undertake research that makes a difference, whilst our 7,000+ student body go on to become valued members of the healthcare community. We're known as one of London’s leading research centres in the following areas:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Allied health
  • Public health and social care

We’ve established research programmes with leading health and social care organisations in the capital, as well as nationally and internationally, helping to develop programmes that change lives.

In 2020 we were also awarded a £1.5m research grant by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to profile public health as one of only four Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST) centres in the UK.

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