Dr Stephen O’Brien

Dean of Faculty for Health and Society, The University of Northampton

Dr Stephen O’Brien has worked in the Higher Education sector since 1986 in numerous roles supporting Health and Social Care education. An adult and mental health nurse by professional background, he is currently the Dean of the Faculty for Health and Society here at the University of Northampton. Prior to this, and over the past 12 years, he has worked as Director of Academic Programmes at Robert Gordon University in Scotland where he developed a number of national programmes for children and young people practitioners and developed a passion for flexible learning and teaching methodologies. For the past five years, he was head of the School of Health at Coventry University where he was instrumental in curriculum transformation to address changing Health and Social Care services requirements. In addition, he advanced a number of international education partnerships in China, Hong Kong, USA, Sri Lanka, Greece and Scandinavia. Since joining the University of Northampton last July he has become a Director of First for Wellbeing and Connected together CIC and chairs the Education group as part of the Northamptonshire Sustainable Transformation Plan for the NHS and Social Care. His research interests centre on pedagogy and educational partnership development.

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