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Jan Parker

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Jan Parker


Jan’s current role as Head of Health and Social Care oversees the suite of nursing and social work provision in the portfolio. Having previously been course lead for the BA (Hons) Social Work programme and course lead for the Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Jan has first-hand experience on leading education provision for the health, social work and social care sectors.

Jan has continued to maintain her professional registration as a social worker, having previously worked in statutory children and families services, holding child protection, court and complex caseloads. Jan also has vast experience working in health and education settings. She is able to utilise her expertise of teaching and supports the student experience by ensuring theory and practice and linking to policy, research and professional practice is integrated into the delivery of the programmes. This incorporates supporting students to develop a professional value base within an informed practice and reflective framework.

Jan’s leadership skills have driven forward exceptional standards of student satisfaction in higher education, with social work at Solent ranked number one in the country (National Student Statistics, 2019). She is currently leading on programme development to prepare students to succeed in a fast-changing competitive world. Jan is dedicated to driving forward initiatives in the pursuit of excellent university education that enables all learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders.

Further information

Having worked for Southampton City Council as an operations manager and Hampshire County Council as a workforce development officer, Jan implemented the first year of ASYE for the local authority and developed a model for group reflective supervision for newly qualified social workers.

Jan has undergone joint training with the police for Hampshire County Council in trauma and the role of the family liaison officer in times of national disaster.

She has pledged an ongoing commitment to social justice in the region, developing and sustaining imaginative working partnerships with stakeholders, service users and carer organisations. In 2013 she initiated a Healthy Communities Conference at Solent, bringing together service users, health and social care organisations and academics to share ideas and develop research in much needed areas.