Staff profile

Dr Paula Holt

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

Paula Holt, 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 Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Dean of the College of Health and Social Care, I lead and manage a large group of staff across two schools - The School of Nursing and Professional Practice and School of Allied Health and Social Care, 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.

I also strive to ensure the best possible experience for our students. All our programmes are developed in collaboration with partners from health and care services, service users/patients, as well as students to ensure that they meet the needs of our Health and Care workforce, and many are regulated and accredited by professional bodies.

Our students are at the centre of everything we do. We select our students for their values as well as their academic ability. Our outstanding academics and clinicians support their learning and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to be 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.

I am executive lead for regulation at the Council of Deans of Health, and Director of the Soldiers' Arts Academy.

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, Director of the Soldiers' Arts Academy, and Executive Regulatory Lead of the Council of Deans of Health.

Recent publications

Blog Posts

PVC Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the Unviersity of Derby Dr Paula Holt gives her assessment of the nursing training and employment landscape


Dr Paula Holt, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, discusses the shortage of nurses in the UK.

New funding reforms for nurses and other health students

Dr Paula Holt, Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, explains what the new funding reforms mean for trainee nurses.

Picture of Dr Paula Crick in a simulation hospital ward

Dr Paula Crick from the University of Derby discusses the ever-changing environment of health and social care.