Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement

Click on the headings below to learn more about the journal, its aims and scope, Board members and, if you are considering writing an article for the Journal, the guidelines for authors.

We are pleased to announce a call for Peer Reviewers. The call is open to academics and researchers across the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton, and also external academics and researchers, at any stage of their professional career. To apply, please send an e-mail in the first instance to and an application form will be sent to you for completion.

We particularly welcome submissions of articles from young and aspiring researchers, as well as those more experienced. The Editorial Board will issue calls for papers periodically throughout the academic year, and we invite readers to proffer suggestions to the Editor-in-Chief on special issues they would like to see in the future.

Please address all correspondence to the JHSCI Editorial team at

The Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement (JHSCI) has run from 2008 with 11 issues being collated. During this time the journal has been a resource for publishing work by novice and more experienced researchers.

We have archived the content and articles, which are still very current and relevant in today's landscape. There has been a pause in publication during 2013/4 to allow for organisational development but new issues will be online in 2015.

ISSN:  1756-6657

The Editorial Board for the Journal is made up of multidisciplinary colleagues from who meet three times a year to discuss issues pertaining to the journal. The board provides insight and support to the editor Dr Hilary Paniagua on current trends within the field of Health and Social Care policy and practice.

In addition to making recommendations regarding publication, they provide advice to colleagues regarding academic writing and research activity.

The board consisted of the following members: 

Dr Hilary Paniagua, Head of Doctoral Studies and Research Fellowships   Dr Hilary Paniagua - Editor-in-Chief 

Hilary was born in Shropshire in the West Midlands and is a Senior Lecturer, Senior Researcher and Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) who has made significant contributions to the learning and motivation of students undertaking post graduate and doctorate courses within the University of Wolverhampton. After working for several years as an ANP in women’s health she pursued a career in academia, ultimately becoming a researcher and author. Her career interest focuses on issues concerning the narrative understanding of general practice and how it happens. As Editor-in-Chief of the online journal and member of two nursing journal editorial boards, Hilary has written extensively on issues relating to advanced practice nursing, primary care, law and research. Her book, Practice Made Perfect: Higher Aspirations for Practice Nurses, Quay Books, embraces challenges specific to UK advanced nursing practice in six brief chapters. Previous teaching experience includes leading on Masters ANP programmes in primary care and being instrumental in setting up the first Physicians Assistant programme in Britain. She currently teaches on Doctorate and Specialist Practice programmes within the University. Hilary is currently Chair of the research ethics committee within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing in Wolverhampton University and she is also Chair of the Black Country NHS Research Ethics Committee. She received her doctorate in SwanseaUniversity in 2009.

Dr Wendy Nicholls, Reader in Applied Health Psychology Dr Wendy Nicholls - Commissioning Editor 

Wendy Nicholls is a reader in Applied Health Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. Wendy's research centres on applied health issues such as the wellbeing of carers, weight management, and emotional eating. Wendy has special interest in the development of interventions, and contextually specific psychometric measures, and has published a number of measures and systematic reviews. Wendy leads the research programme for professional doctorate students in counselling psychology at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dr Dean-David Holyoake, Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing Dean-David Holyoake - Developmental Editor 

Dr Dean-David Holyoake has done a lot of social science research and worked at a number of UK universities including the Centre for Life-Long Learning – University of Birmingham, University of Central England, Newman University College, University of Warwick and the University of Wolverhampton. He would describe himself as a performance ethnographer and research fabricator (a fabnographer) with a particular interest in exploring the mundane culture and seedy interactions. He has written books and professional articles on a variety of issues including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, philosophy and custard pies.

Dr Lucy Pursehouse, Senior Lecturer Dr Lucy Pursehouse - Literary Editor

Lucy is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Community and Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to moving into academia, she worked for many years in Mental Health, in a variety of roles across the Health and Social Care Sector.  Her research interests focus on qualitative methodologies and in particular narrative approaches to deepening an understanding of the lived experience of stigma in mental health. This formed the basis of her recent doctoral studies, which culminated in an autoethnographical inquiry on the aforementioned, linking to practice through the consideration of critical and innovative pedagogies aimed at learning for transformation. As well as being a lecturer and registered nurse she holds an MEd in Education for Primary Health Care from the University of Manchester and BA (Hons) in Medical Related Studies and Geography from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Anita Z Goldschmied, Lecturer in Learning Disabilities Anita Z Goldschmied - Managing Editor 

I am a registered learning disability nurse and social worker. The theme of interdisciplinary academic aspiration is not only paramount in my research but also in my role as a lecturer. I am passionate about co-working and developing ideas with professionals from health, social, philosophy and psychology backgrounds as most phenomena concerning people with mental and cognitive differences go beyond a single discipline. I am actively involved in research and developing evidence-based practice. My current areas of research are Actor-Network-Theory and continental philosophy primarily Latour’s and Baudrillard’s work and their application to dis/ability studies.

Yash Gunga Yuswant Gunga - Consulting Editor 

I have lived in the UK longer than I have in my native Mauritius. Tropical climes are fun but I adore English Autumn colours and frosty mornings. Retired from a Senior Lecturer post with a Registered Nurse background, I am now a student on the Professional Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing with a special interest in acculturation and re-acculturation. As a member of the editorial team I can only boast a humble Higher Education Diploma in Creative and Professional writing. I write in the hope of finding my writer’s voice.

 Ellen Bagley - Web Content Publisher 

Ellen has worked at the University of Wolverhampton since 2008 in various roles, currently as Research Administrator within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.  Part of her role is to support the JHSCI Editorial Board members with the administration of the journal, publication of the approved current issue to the website and archiving of past issues.  Ellen says that "in regards to all of the many tasks that she undertakes within her role as Research Administrator, being JHSCI Web Content Publisher is by far the most creative and so enjoyable."    


The Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement (JHSCI) aims to encourage and support novice and experienced researchers to publish material that is engaged in bringing about improvements in health and social care policy, practice and education.


The Journal is aimed at all health and social care practitioners and researchers, both new and experienced. It will also be of interest to anyone involved in the provision of health and social care programmes, the care of populations or communities, and those who contribute to health and social care systems and agendas in any way.

Published three times a year, the Journal considers submissions on any aspect of health and social care across all age groups and various settings. These include:

• Social care needs assessments
• Health service management and effectiveness
• Health promotion
• Evaluation of health programmes or interventions
• Governance, audit and quality
• Health and social care ethics
• Legislation and policy
• Workforce and capacity

This is not an exhaustive list and the Editor will consider articles on any issue relating to health and social care.

The Editorial Board will consider the following types of submissions:

  • Original research papers: these will report the results of original research, including service evaluation.
  • Short communications: these include conference reports, pilot projects and undergraduate or postgraduate student research.
  • Review articles: critical reviews on topics affecting health and social care are welcomed.
  • Opinion pieces/personal views: These are invited or uninvited commentaries on relevant topics that affect health and social care.

The Editorial Board will consider the following types of submissions:

  • Original research papers: these will report the results of original research, including service evaluation. The text is limited to 2,000 to 3,000 words with a structured Abstract of no more than 300 words and a maximum of 4 tables and figures
  • Short communications: these include conference reports, pilot projects and undergraduate or postgraduate student research. The text is limited to 1,000 words with a structured Abstract of no more than 150 words. A maximum of 2 tables and figures can be included
  • Review articles: critical reviews on topics affecting health and social care are welcomed. The text is limited to 5,000 words, with a structured Abstract of no more than 300 words. Authors of reviews should contact the Editorial Board at before writing a review
  • Opinion pieces/personal views: These are invited or uninvited commentaries on relevant topics that affect health and social care. The text is limited to 1,000 words

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Manuscript preparation

As an e-journal, JHSCI can only accept material submitted as electronic files. Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word (file extension doc. or dox.) in single spaced format using Arial 12 point font. Margins should be 2.5cm. There should be no other stylized text or graphics.

Author details

All submitted manuscripts must include the following author details on a separate page:

Name of author(s), qualifications, post title, name of organisation, faculty/institute/research centre, address for correspondence, email address, daytime telephone and fax numbers.

The corresponding author should be identified and must give an up-to-date email address.

Manuscript structure

A full, but succinct (no more than 10 words) title should be provided together with a maximum of 6 key words (ideally using Medical Subject Headings - MESH - from EMBASE/Medline).

All manuscripts (except opinion pieces) must have a structured Abstract and, where appropriate, should be divided into sections using conventional headings: Introduction/Background; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusions; Recommendations.

The use of bullet points and text boxes is encouraged as action indicators for readers.

The Editor will use their discretion in making a decision about pieces which do not follow this format, but which meet the aims of the journal.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and submitted as separate documents. Please indicate in the text of the manuscript the approximate location for each table and figure, e.g., [locate Table 1 here]. Ensure that when files are viewed at 400% there is no blurring or pixilation.


The transfer of copyright is standard practice in publishing and is designed to facilitate the protection from copyright abuse for authors, editors, and publishers. An author's assignment of copyright also signifies their agreement to the article’s storage electronically or digitally. We aim to ensure that any request to reprint an author's work or a part of it, e.g., figures or tables, in another publication is approved by the author prior to any permission being given. Nothing in the copyright agreement is intended to restrict an author's rights and as such, you retain several rights and these are retained and permitted without the need to obtain specific permission from the JHSCI Editor. These include:

  • The right to make your own copies (print or electric) of the article for your own personal use
  • The right to present the article at a meeting or conference, or use as lecture notes and to distribute copies of this article to the delegates/students who attend the meeting/lecture
  • The right to make copies and distribute these (including via e-mail) to colleagues
  • The right to include the article, either in full or in part, in a thesis or dissertation
  • The right to prepare other derivative works which the author acts as editor or author or to re-use sections in other works, citing JHSCI as the original source of publication

If the paper is not published in the Journal, the rights revert to the author(s) as original copyright holder(s).

Disclosure statement

Authors should also include the following copyright statements along with the text of their article:

  • I/We confirm that my/our work is original, that I/we havenot published this article previously and it is not under consideration by another journal
  • I/We have consulted any co-authors and where I/we have used the work or words of others I/we have secured the necessary permission for use


All manuscripts should be prepared using the Cite Them Right referencing style guide of the University of Wolverhampton. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy and inclusion of all cited references.

Medicine names

Please use the generic name of medicines cited in the article. Brand names can be used but in parentheses following the generic name.

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts should be sent as an email attachment (Microsoft Word 2003 or higher) to  Receipt of your submission will be via email.

All material must be submitted exclusively to JHSCI, and is accepted on the understanding and condition that it has not been, and will not be, submitted elsewhere during the peer-review process and without approval of the Editor-in-Chief.

Peer review

All submissions will be subject to strict peer review processes with reviewers drawn randomly from the journal’s current bank of multi-disciplinary reviewers.

What happens next?

Following the peer review process, you will be sent an e-mail detailing the reviewers’ comments and informing you of the decision of the Editor. Possible outcomes are:

  • Publish outright with no corrections/amendments required
  • Slight amendments for Editor’s approval
  • Major revisions required, subject to second peer-review with independent reviewers
  • Reject, no resubmission permitted

Reasons for rejection may be that the subject of the submission does not fall within the remit of the Journal or that the academic and/or intellectual content is deemed to be not of high enough standard for publication.

The Editor’s decision is final.

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