17 – Clinical Sciences Uncovered

Discovery Trail 17 (Mary Seacole Atrium, photographic display)

Educating future generations of health and social care professionals

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The Mary Seacole Building

One of the first buildings you see when arriving at the main entrance of campus is the home of the Department of Clinical Sciences, named after Mary Seacole, the pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War. It is part of the College of Health and Life Sciences, which specialises in programmes that enable our graduates to make a real difference to the world around them. Through our strategic partnerships, we aim to make Brunel University London a key part of health research in the UK.

The Department of Clinical Sciences conducts research and teaching in five major subject areas: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Public Health and Health Promotion, and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Due to the high quality of our education provision, we have the largest number of NHS commissions for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy in London. As part of the Health Sciences Academy, a partnership with Imperial College London and Buckinghamshire New University, we provide post-graduate education for clinicians across London.

A montage of images on display within the building highlights some of the activities from across the Department including the 2015 Physiotherapy NSS staff vs student “It’s a Knock Out” event; the 2014 wheelchair basketball game involving Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students and staff; Specialist Community Public Health Nursing education events; as well as images from teaching sessions across the Department and some historic images from the University archives. There are also several images relating to staff research including a study looking at how children learn important skills like cycling; research into holistic assessments for wheelchair users with multiple sclerosis; Gap Work project challenging gender-related violence against children and young people; driving research for the charity Motability; and developing occupational therapy in inclusive education in Pakistan. These are just a sample of research projects being undertaken by the Department. We also have a large research base in ageing studies and are partners in multi-million-pound NIHR and ERSC research projects. Our subject areas pursue excellence in both teaching and research and we believe that by linking the two we can provide the best education and experience for our students.

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