Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines

What is SIHED?

The Office for Students has funded the strategic interventions in health education disciplines (SIHED) programme. It began in January 2018 and formally ended in March 2021. The SIHED programme aimed to increase awareness of allied health disciplines, and also increase understanding of, and demand for, higher education courses in smaller allied health disciplines.

Our legacy work

With many of the SIHED objectives aligned to the Council’s work, we were pleased to be asked to continue some aspects of this project, including in running and promoting the I See The Difference website. We are celebrating the SIHED Challenge Fund projects – innovative projects that would support the recruitment or delivery of healthcare disciplines. It is an opportunity to learn, collaborate and share best practice, but also to encourage others to think innovatively about recruitment and retention strategies for AHP students.

Watch our first event on diversifying recruitment with Dr Vicki Ensor from Coventry University and Dr Elaine McNichol from the University of Leeds.

Our second event on innovations in placement and recruitment with Dr Pete Bridge from the University of Liverpool and Professor Barry Tolchard from the University of Huddersfield is also now available:

Blogs & CoDHcasts

  • Dr Beverley Durrant writes a guest blog on her experiences of running a SIHED project at the University of Salford
  • Sheffield Hallam University colleagues talk in a CoDHcast about their SIHED project research into male attitudes towards studying therapeutic radiography
  • Julie Hall, Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City University, writes a guest blog on their SIHED Challenge Fund project involving Escape Rooms

More CoDHcasts and blogs coming soon.


For further information about the SIHED legacy work, please contact Nadia Butt.