New Faculty Director of Engagement and Development


Sharon Oliver was appointed to the post of Faculty Director of Engagement and Development in April 2015 to help strengthen the Faculty’s relationships with partners across health and social care delivery and with education commissioners, particularly in Health Education England and its Local Education and Training Boards.

Sharon OliverThis role works closely with all other Faculty Directors and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor to ensure that strategy and delivery within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health align with the likely future demands of partners across health and social care, and of the NHS in particular.  Education, training and development of the current workforce is supported in addition to pre-registration training in nursing, orthoptics, speech and language therapy, psychology, medicine, dentistry, dental nursing, hygiene and therapy.

There is also an element of internal engagement in the role to work with all faculties and departments across the University so that the considerable teaching and research expertise that the University can offer is fully utilised within health and social care.

Strategic discussions have begun to take place with partners across the South Yorkshire community so that the University remains responsive to long term needs in addition to current ones, making the most of expertise available within the University across all Faculties.

Key developments underway are the new Physicians Associate programme, Advancing Clinical Practice roles – particularly in primary / community care and children’s nursing, new Genomics training and an increasing number of joint posts / honorary contracts across organisations.

However, there is still potential for a more explicit strategic approach to dementia, stroke, rehabilitation and end of life care, including greater training of Assistant / Associate Practitioners and skill sharing between nursing, therapy and medical roles.

Expansion of training clinicians in assessing both physical and mental health needs is helping to reduce the number of professionals patients deal with, and there is increased focus on training clinicians to have different conversations with patients as partners in managing their own care.

These themes and others will be explored further in ongoing meetings and in a strategic discussion being planned for the autumn between the University and all partners.  The focus of this discussion will be the management of complex needs through skill sharing within and between multi-disciplinary teams, including social work colleagues.