Staff profile

Denise Baker

Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Denise standing by the balcony at the University's Kedleston Road campus in the atrium. She is wearing black rimmed glasses and a blue sleeveless top.


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Derby Campus



I am Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care at the University. I previously managed pre-qualifing healthcare and our foundation degrees/higher apprenticeships. 

Professional interests

I have worked with the Nursing Degree and Nursing Associate Trailblazers to develop the apprenticeship standards and End Point Assessments for both. Following on from this, I have been invited to support the Department of Health and Social Care, Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council to support apprenticeship development. I am a lay visitor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. I am a public governor for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

I currently also sit on the Workforce Programme Board for the Staffordshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), and am chair of their Education and Training sub-group.

Research interests

Apprenticeships, apprenticeships and apprenticeships. I am currently studying for a professional doctorate exploring how apprenticeship policy is being implemented in the National Health Service.

Membership of professional bodies

I am an Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered diagnostic radiographer and member of the Society of Radiographers. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Recent conferences

Association of Radiography Educators Conference (November 2018) 

Conference Paper: Developing the future workforce – Are apprenticeships the answer? NET conference, Cambridge (September 2018).

Conference Paper: Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care (Invited Speaker) Society of Radiographers Radiotherapy Conference, Newcastle (2018)

Conference Paper: Apprenticeships, Associates, Action! Midlands Nursing Associate Conference, Leicester (2017)

Conference Paper: Is Radiography Ready for Apprenticeships? UKRCO, Manchester (2017)

Conference Paper: Introducing the Nursing Associate role in Derbyshire – Possibilities, Pitfalls, Problems and Potential, Innovations and role developments in healthcare support workers conference, London (2016).

Conference Paper: An evaluation of the pre-degree work experience scheme in the East Midlands: results from local study. NET conference, Cambridge (2016).

Experience in industry

I worked as a radiographer in the Midlands for over 20 years. My particular area of practice was large bowel imaging but I practised as a general radiographer

In the media

I am a regular contibutor to the University of Derby blog.

Recent publications

Denise Baker, (2018) Potential implications of degree apprenticeships for healthcare education, Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

Whiffin, C; Clarke, H; Brundrett, H; Baker, D; Whitehead, B (2018) Collaborative development of an accelerated graduate entry nursing programme outside of traditional funding mechanisms. Nurse Education in Practice. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.09.017

Baker, D (2017) What does it mean to be registered as an assistant practitioner? Synergy, May 2017

Book chapter in Leading Research and Evaluation in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice - Going 4D: Embedding the Four Dimensional Framework for Curriculum Design (2016)

Baker, D (2016) Designing a curriculum for the assistant practitioner of the future: Ensuring Interprofessional care aspects and other stakeholder requirements are met. Radiography 22 (161-165)

A student nurse in a medicine cabinet

Denise Baker, Head of Pre-Qualifying Healthcare at the University of Derby, discusses Jeremy Hunt's announcement to increase trainee nursing places.

radiographers with a patient in an imaging suite

Denise Baker, our Head of Allied Health and Social Care, speaks out on behalf of our allied health professionals and the vital and varied roles they play in caring for the nation.

A woman laying in a hospital bed with her hands folded over her stomach

Denise Baker, Head of the School of Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, discusses how the compassion and courage of the NHS, combined with acts of kindness from society towards the workforce, is helping the country to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Two nurses chatting over hot drinks at a table.

Denise Baker, Head of School of Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, argues nursing apprenticeships should not be overlooked.

Nurses at Derby

Denise Baker, Head of School - Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, discusses how online apprenticeships could help revolutionise the NHS workforce.

a radiography nurse with an x-ray machine

Denise Baker, Head of School for Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, explores what the future for the NHS looks like.


Denise Baker, Head of School: Allied Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, discusses whether the health sector skills shortage can be tackled with apprenticeships.

People in hi vis in hard hats

Denise Baker, Head of Pre-Qualification Healthcare talks about apprenticeships and how they are seemingly becoming unpopular to employers and why.

Screen showing heart rate

Denise Baker, Head of Pre-qualifying Health Care at the University of Derby, explains the role of Nursing Associates and the impact on other Band 4 workers.