The Council of Deans of Health represents the UK’s university faculties engaged in education and/or research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. At any one time our members will be educating around 200,000 current and future health professionals and will carry out research that improves the population’s health and wellbeing. Our members are based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Gibraltar. We operate as a charity, registered across the UK.

Operating as a multi-professional organisation at the heart of policy and political debate, we aim to lead policy at national and UK level, promoting the essential contribution of our members to health and social care.

We are committed to working in partnership, strengthening membership engagement and intelligence gathering to influence policy UK-wide for high quality education and research.

Our vision

Our vision is that governments in the UK are committed to quality education and research and a sustainable healthcare academic workforce, in order to safeguard and improve the health and wellbeing of the public.

Our mission

We, on behalf of the UK university healthcare education sector, advance and promote healthcare education and research for the public benefit, through influencing Government policy and connecting our members.

Our values

We are inclusive

We are innovative

We are impactful

Our strategic aims

We influence policy across the UK, promoting the essential contribution of our sector.

We offer excellent services to our members creating sustainable sector networks.

We advance healthcare education and research by strengthening our sector and organisation.

For more information, read our strategy Council 2025.