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Department of Clinical Sciences

Head of Department: Professor Priscilla Harries

Priscilla Harries is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London.

Cilla-HarriesPriscilla worked as an occupational therapist in the fields of neurosurgery, neurology and mental health at the Maudsley Hospital. During 1993 she worked as a volunteer lecturer/clinician in South India where she was involved in teaching BSc OT students from Madras University. She obtained an MSc OT from Exeter University in 1996 and her PhD from Brunel University in 2004. Her research interests are in judgement and decision-making, clinical reasoning and the study of intuitive expert thinking. 

She has held grants from the ESRC, NDA, UKOTRF and HEA to study professional decision-making in various clinical domains. 

The Department of Clinical Sciences is part of the College of Health and Life Sciences and conducts teaching in four major divisions:

Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing

The Division of Occupational Therapy and Community Nursing is led by Linda Maskill and Anne McIntyre. Occupational Therapy at Brunel is the original ‘London School of Occupational Therapy’ and is one of the most highly regarded programmes globally. In Community Nursing, we offer post-registration courses in the three pathways of Health Visiting, Occupational Health Nursing and School Nursing. Our academics in nursing are research-active, focusing on breast cancer, mental health and workplace health.

Physiotherapy and Physician Associate

The Division of Physiotherapy and Physician Associate is led by Mr John Cossar. Physiotherapy is staffed by enthusiastic and experienced lecturers who are also registered Physiotherapists. Many continue to practise in the clinical environment alongside lecturing. The Physician Associate programme is an exciting new course at Brunel, offering graduates the opportunity to join this new and growing healthcare profession within the NHS. Our academics running this programme have years of experience in the field of Physician Associate, as well as experience in training both undergraduate and postgraduate doctors. 

Social Work

The Social Work Division, led by Dr Holly Nelson-Becker, is staffed by enthusiastic academics, who represent a wide range of practice and academic experience. Our Social Work MA is approved by the HCPC Council and endorsed by the College of Social Work. In addition, students can extend their skills by studying on our Continuing Professional Development Programmes. Our close links with social service and voluntary organisations ensures quality placements for our students, equipping them with the skills they need to work in highly complex professional environments. 

Health Sciences

The Division of Health Sciences, led by Dr Subhash Pokhrel encompasses the disciplines of Health Economics and Public Health and Health Promotion. The Health Economics Research Group (HERG) has developed an international reputation in health economics, building on strong foundations and a consistent strategy pursued over more than twenty-five years. 

Economic Evaluation in Health Care short courses are run regularly throughout the year. Our academics have a range of expertise covering economic analysis, health research, health promotion and public health, health care law and ethics, health and social policy and health services.