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Workforce Innovation, Development and Education Theme

This research understands that all health and social care is underpinned by the quality of its workforce

This theme focuses specifically on the quality of the healthcare workforce and is cross-departmental within the School of Health and Social Care.

All health and social care is underpinned by the quality of its workforce and there is an on-going need to identify and develop flexible ways of responding to dynamic and ever changing policy and care environments.

Embedded within one of the largest providers of health and social care education in London, this research theme is about developing the research base to support innovation in health and social care roles and the ways we deliver education to the health and social care workforce at all levels, from pre- and post-registration to leadership and organisational development. It is fundamentally important that any changes in how care staff are educated or deployed is based on the highest quality research evidence.

Research expertise

Aims are to:

  • undertake high quality research that can inform workforce innovation through role development and evaluation
  • enhance development of new approaches to workforce education and delivery
  • work collaboratively with provider organisations to facilitate co-production


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Research degrees

At LSBU we recognise that you want to build on the potential and intellectual interests you have already developed. Our range of Research programmes focus on a major piece of independent research. A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. Therefore, our students become world experts in whatever field of research they are engaged in.

The School of Health and Social Care offers Research Degrees which enable you to conduct research in a topic area of interest to you:

  • PhD: full time - 3 years/part time - 5-6 years
  • MPhil: full time - 2 years/part time - 3 years
  • Professional Doctorate: part time only - 5 years

The School currently has around 40 full and part-time MPhil/PhD students, for whom there are monthly seminars, support groups and an annual Summer School at which students are expected to present their work. There is an equipped MPhil/ PhD area within our School and our students are actively encouraged to attend a rolling programme of research methods courses. Read more about Research Degrees at LSBU

Research excellence

LSBU's School of Health and Social Care is a leading centre for research in London for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, public health and social care. 80% of our research was awarded the highest quality ratings of 4* or 3* for 'impact' (reach and significance) - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Example projects

Read more about current and recent projects undertaken within the Workforce Innovation, Development and Education theme in our research case studies.