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Health and Care Professions Staff Profiles

People are at the heart of everything we do at UCEN Manchester. We believe that your success is intrinsically linked to the support you receive both academically and personally.

Our staff are experts in their field and hold a varied range of professional and industry experience. Their support and dedication ensure you are guided, supported and encouraged to learn and achieve within your chosen subject.

Explore staff profiles for our Health and Care Professions team below.

Adam is the Programme Lead for our BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care, as well as teaching our HNC and HND Healthcare Practice (Nursing and Integrated Pathways) qualifications. 

Adam is still a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and Registered Manager and has over 20 years of experience working in the Health and Social Care sector, primarily in the NHS and with Local Government. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Adam is also a qualified vocational assessor and internal verifier.

His vast knowledge and experience enabled Adam to lead the team of tutors that wrote our Health and Social Care curriculum. He has been with us since 2013 and, during this time, has seen the exponential growth and success of the UCEN Health and Social Care programme.

Adam moved into full-time teaching through a desire to share his knowledge and experience and to support individuals to succeed in a career working in the health and social care sector. His proudest moments come from receiving positive feedback and accolades from students, and seeing his students achieve high numbers of first-class honours degrees in 2020/21 and 2021/22.

At UCEN Manchester, Dr Amoakwa is the Academic Lead for Healthcare Practice, and leads and supervises dissertation and research projects for BA students within Integrated Health and Social Care.

He is an experienced Primary Care Researcher and lecturer who started his career in Cardiff School of Medicine having completed his PhD in 2006 in Manchester University. Before joining UCEN Manchester, Dr Amoakwa worked with the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre at Hull York Medical School as a palliative care researcher.

He also worked with West London College of Business and Management Sciences as a senior Lecturer in Healthcare Management. Prior to this he worked as a Post-Doc research scientist and Trials Manager/Coordinator at North Wales Clinical School Department of Primary Care and Public Health Cardiff School of Medicine.

At UCEN Manchester, Dr Amoakwa is the Academic Lead for Healthcare Practice, and leads and supervises dissertation and research projects BA students within the Integrated Health and Social Care.

He said: “I deliver modules on the HNC/HND and BA degree program on Health and Social Care. I lead research methods and dissertation supervision for the BA top-up degree, and I undertake marking of modules and dissertations supervision while providing pastoral support to students.”

Having completed a number of research projects, Dr Amoakwa is currently working on a research project examining mental health and wellbeing of Higher Education academic staff within Further Education settings and its impact on teaching and learning.

Karen is currently the program leader for the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. She leads and delivers a variety of modules on both programmes and supports the BA(Hons) students with their dissertation modules. She also oversees all of the Childhood and Youth studies programmes to ensure quality and consistency to ensure student satisfaction through pastoral support for students.

An experienced childhood and youth worker, Karen has worked within primary schools and nursery settings for many years. She has vast experience of working with the youth sector from her time as a group leader in the Scout and Guide movement, and also as a Duke of Edinburgh trainer. She was also a self-employed director of a company where management and leadership were essential to the safe employment of over 100 staff delivering and managing logistics all over the country.

Before joining UCEN Manchester, Karen was part of The Manchester College delivering on childcare courses. She then progressed to develop the Foundation Degree and BA(Hons) with colleagues in Childhood and Youth Studies.

Prior to working in Manchester, she delivered a Level 3 program in Childhood Studies with other FE providers within the North West. 

Karen is currently completing a Doctorate in Education at UCLAN, looking into the decline of children’s engagement in the outdoors.

She said: “I have an interest in how children engage with outdoor play, outdoor space and the changes in digital technology and the impact this has on Children’s health and wellbeing. This is part of my EdD studies around the world.

“I am currently working on a research project with colleagues examining mental health and wellbeing of Higher Education academic staff within Further Education settings and its impact on teaching and learning. I presented the project to HE academic staff from around the country.”

Tracey has worked in the education sector for over 21 years and is currently working as a placement officer with the HNC and HND students in Health and Social Care.

Tracey has managed an NVQ centre for nine years and is a qualified Early Years Practitioner with eight years senior level experience. She also qualified as a Health and Social Care Practitioner and has seven years’ experience as a domiciliary care worker.

In 20 years as placement officer, Tracey has dealt with work placements, assessments and inspections, and has also implemented safety risk assessments as well as being involved in yearly inspections. Tracey supports learners to find placements and visits them while they are in establishments.

She said: “I appreciate the fact that I’m able to visit students in their employment work role and placements, and I enjoy observing and seeing their progression in their professional practice and knowledge. I liaise with students and support them with placement and work role choices. My favourite aspect of the job is visiting students in their diverse Childcare and Health and Social care establishments.”

As well as caring for family and friends outside work, Tracey enjoys walking, being in nature and crafting.

Maria has over 20 years’ experience working within the health and social care sector, teaching a wide range of subjects on Level 1 to Level 7 programmes.

She has a research interest in sociological and psychological perspectives in health and its impact on behavioural, emotional and mental wellbeing.  Other research interests include social policy and politics and its role in the promotion of health.

Outside of work, Maria has an interest in the study of criminal justice and criminology, and their roles within the penal system.

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