Staff profile

Denise Baker

Head of School - Allied Health and Social Care


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Derby Campus



I am Head of Allied Health 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)

Blog Posts

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

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

Denise Baker, Head of School for Allied Health & 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.

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

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

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.