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Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement


Welcome to the Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement (JHSCI), the online journal of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.

Previous issues can be found by following the link to the left of the page. 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 Editorial Board members and 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 for either/both positions, 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 Editorial team at

About the Journal

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

Board Members

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 - 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 Angela Morgan - Co-Editor: Communication and Dissemination

Angela is Co-Editor and peer-reviewer for JHSCI, and also acts as peer reviewer for Violence Against Women, Recent Advances in Conductive Education, and American Journal of Men’s Health. Having gained her PhD in Psychology in 2005, shehas gained an extensive and diverse portfolio of research, consultation and evaluation of social policy and practice. With recognised project management qualifications, she has contributed to and led European, national, regional and local multi-disciplinary projects. Although Angela’s research interests are wide-ranging, they are interlinked with a focus on empowerment, ‘voice’ and well-being. She has actively been involved in research to improve the health and wellbeing of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence through contributing to the enhancement of specialist support services. Working in the area of social policy, health and social care improvement for ten years, Angela has completed consultation and research with a range of commissioning bodies including EU Daphne III, The Home Office, CPS, Police, GOWM, HEFCE, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, and The Haven Wolverhampton.



Graeme Simpson

Graeme is a former child care social worker and senior manager who has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton for 18 years. He currently coordinates the MA in Social Work and also the CHSCI research group Global Issues in Health and Social Welfare. He has published extensively in the field of social work and social policy and has a specific interest in European social work and social care provision, teaching at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany. Graeme reviews for the British Journal of Learning Disability, the Journal of Social Work, the European Journal of Social Work, International Social Work, and the Policy Press, all at varying levels of frequency.

Copy EditorDr Ranjit Khutan


Aims and Scope


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.

Guidelines for Authors

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

Click to download pdf Guidelines for Authors (PDF).

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 Harvard 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.

Click to download pdf Guidelines for Authors (PDF).