Student Pastoral Support (SPS)

The MB ChB programme has a dedicated Student Pastoral Support (SPS) team that supports students across all years of the course in overcoming any barriers to wellbeing, enabling you to graduate as a confident, professional doctor.

We can support you through a wide range of issues, including personal, health family of financial issues, in a caring and confidential environment, and agree support plans in partnership with wider university support services and the clinical education campuses.

If you have any worries or concerns regarding your wellbeing, please get in touch with us using the below details.

Central University SPS Team 
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1452

  • Associate Programme Director for Student Wellbeing: Dr Pip Fisher
  • Academic Lead for SPS: Dr Jon Shaffer

SPS at the clinical education campuses

In addition to the Central University SPS team, each of our clinical education campuses has a local SPS team dedicated to supporting you while you are based with them. They liaise with the Central University SPS team. 

Below are the names and contact details of the SPS teams within the clinical education campuses:

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Oxford Road (MFT Oxford Road)

Allison Booth (Student Pastoral Support Manager)
Deb Gray (Student Pastoral Support Assistant)
Dr Gary McCullagh (Academic Lead for SPS)
Tel: +44 (0)161 276 4734

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT)

Kate Fowles (Student Pastoral Support Manager)
Dr Rachel Conway and Dr Liesel Bethelmy, Academic Leads for SPS
Tel: +44 (0)161 206 2192

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Wythenshawe (MFT Wythenshawe)

Anne Lomas (Student Pastoral Support Manager)
Kerry Hampson (Student Pastoral Support Administrator)
Dr Ray Keelan and Dr Jemima Sharp (Academic Leads for SPS)
Tel: +44 (0)161 291 4304

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (known as LTHTR or Preston)

Barbara Crank (Student Pastoral Support Manager)
Nicola Layton (Student Pastoral Support Administrator)
Email: lthtr.sps@
Tel: +44 (0)1772 524 924

Support services at the University

Counselling and Mental Health Service

Offers a wide range of support including workshops, groups and mental health resources such as help in a crisis, wellbeing support, online interactive resources and one-to-one counselling sessions.

Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS)

Supports students, staff and supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your university experience. Visit the website to find out more about their services, who is eligible for support, and how to access support.

Student Support

An A-Z of all the support resources available across the University, including information on fees, accommodation, central student services, careers advice, assessment support and self-care resources such as the Six Ways to Wellbeing.

University International Society

For international students, there is an International Society on the ground floor of the Students' Union on Oxford Road.