Welcome to the School of Allied Health Professions at the University of Leicester.
Firstly, congratulations on securing a place on one of our healthcare courses within the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP). This is just the start of what will be a challenging but very rewarding journey to becoming a future healthcare professional. Currently, we have courses in Midwifery, Nursing, Operating Department Practice and Physiotherapy and will soon be joined by a Diagnostic Radiography course in September 2021. Each course is unique in its delivery and is supported by a highly qualified and dynamic academic staff team. However, as qualified healthcare professionals we work clinically in a multi-disciplinary teams and to reflect this as students you will have interprofessional learning opportunities in the classroom, in our superb simulation facilities and whilst on practice education placements.
I am pleased you have chosen to become part of the future healthcare delivery workforce as you will have so many opportunities to continue to develop as individuals as well as graduates who will provide a vital service to our health care community which may be undertaken locally, move further afield in the UK or internationally. As part of the next generation of Nurses, Midwives, Operating Department Practitioners and Physiotherapists over the duration of your course you will become highly trained and capable of dealing with complex challenges that lie ahead. Currently all healthcare is facing the challenge of recovering from the Covid pandemic, this has touched all aspects of healthcare and university education and will continue to be an influence for the foreseeable future. The staff from the SAHP have worked hard in collaboration with Health Education England, with our professional bodies and with local clinicians to develop a Covid compliance plan to ensure all students have the required learning and teaching opportunities to prosper on their course in a safe environment. Please refer to our Covid plan and Ignite websites on the main University website for more details of this.
As you may expect Covid has affected our induction plans and where we would normally welcome you with face-to-face sessions many of these sessions will now be delivered online. There will be a series of synchronized, all students cohorts logging on at the same time, and asynchronous events that can be undertaken at a time convenient to the individual. However, please ensure that you engage with all provided material before the start of teaching, as this information is vital to ensuring an informed start to each course. The Occupational Health screening will still be face to face as it may be necessary to have a blood test. As you will be aware, we will be providing you with an iPad and you should have this delivered to you by post in advance of induction week, which starts on Monday the 28th of September. We will be providing an induction timetable for each course via email and via our website so you will know the timings and delivery mode of all events.
There is still work going on as we develop our covert compliant campus as this is a developing situation, but we will keep you informed of developments as they occur.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you during induction week and beyond as you begin this new and exciting step to achieving your aim of becoming a healthcare professional.
All the best,
Professor Simon Barry - Head of the School of Allied Health Professions.