Staff profile

Dr Paula Holt

Dean, College of Health and Social Care


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health and Social Care


Office of the Vice-Chancellor


Derby Campus



As Dean of the College of Health and Social Care I lead and manage a large group of staff across three Departments to develop and deliver a range of high quality health and care programmes that meet the needs of care delivery services for citizens across our region and beyond. All our programmes are developed in collaboration with partners from health and care services, service users/patients, as well as students and many are accredited by Professional bodies.

Our students enjoy an excellent experience at the University. They are recruited for their values as well as their academic ability and are highly employable when they graduate.

I maintain strong partnerships across our region and play an important role in the strategic development of our future health and care workforce. The College proudly supports local and regional projects that benefit our communities.

Teaching responsibilities

Doctoral supervision (Doctor of Health and Social Care Practice)

Professional interests

Health behaviours, mental health, workforce transformation and career pathways

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have practiced as a general nurse, mental health nurse and community mental health nurse in the NHS and as an Army Officer.

I am currently an appointed Governor at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Non-executive director of the Primary Care Development Centre.

Additional interests and activities

External examiner: Salford University; London South Bank University.

Recent publications