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College of Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing


The College of Health and Wellbeing embraces solution-focused approaches to provide opportunities for students, staff and partners to achieve their full potential, irrespective of background. We will be recognised by stakeholders for providing a collaborative approach to the development and delivery of contemporary, evidenced-based education and applied research and innovation, which is responsive to local needs, national policy and international perspectives.

The College is one of the largest providers of multi-professional healthcare and sports education and training, offering flexible delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate modular-based courses and research degrees. We have approximately 6400 students and 310 members of staff. Our portfolio has been developed collaboratively with staff from local partner provider organisations, patients, carers and the public, in response to local needs incorporating national policy and evidence-based practice, mapped against professional statutory regulatory body education and training standards.

Students have access to work-based learning within a diverse range of partner provider organisations across Lancashire within acute, community, primary care, mental health, County Councils, independent, public and voluntary sectors and charitable organisations. Simulated learning experience is provided within contemporary skills laboratories incorporating a simulated hospital ward, an operating theatre and high dependency unit, cardiac resuscitation, an ambulance, a midwifery suite, a children and neonatal unit, a community flat and counselling and consultation rooms.

We offer a diverse suite of courses leading to eligibility for professional registration, short courses and continuing professional development workshops. Courses are offered in adult, children and mental health nursing; counselling and psychological therapies; emergency, acute and critical care; long term conditions; community nursing specialist practitioner and non-medical prescribing; assistant and advanced practitioner courses; midwifery; operating department practice; paramedic practice; physiotherapy and sports therapy; public health; health informatics; sports management and the outdoors; sports coaching and development; nutrition and exercise science.

Find out more about the College below, select the links to learn more about the four schools within the college or to arrange a conversation or a visit. We are very keen to hear from you.

Contact us

College of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201



Key personnel within the College

Executive Dean: Dr Nigel Harrison
Director of Business Development: Jean Taylor
Director of Academic Development: Janette Grey
Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Caroline Watkins
Manager of Business, Partnerships and International: TBC

Heads of School

Head of the School of Nursing: Dr Karen Wright
Head of the School of Community Health and Midwifery: Dr Debbie Kenny
Head of the School of Health Sciences: TBC
Head of the School of Sport and Wellbeing: Dr Adrian Ibbetson

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The College has a large professoriate led by Professors and Readers, supported by research fellows, associates and assistants. Specialist research teams are engaged in applied health care and sports focused research, contributing to enhancement of healthcare policy and health improvement of individuals, families and public services.

Our research themes within the College are: Stroke and Older People, Mental Health Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Midwifery, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture, Health and Sustainability, Allied Health, Health Implementation, Cancer Care, Professional Ethics, Football, Sport Studies, Coaching and Performance, Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences and Food Safety.

The Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit was launched in 2014, focusing on research in the treatment of patients with complex needs. The Health Research Methodology and Implementation Hub (HERMI) consists of staff with expertise in core areas of applied health research (statistics, trial design, epidemiology, systematic review, implementation science), and a virtual team with expertise in health economics, informatics, user engagement and qualitative research. Together with staff from the Research Support Team, Clinical Trials Unit and laboratory-based facilities, Hub members support research and review design, data management and analysis in projects in all research themes.

The College provides a range of innovation activities in response to the needs of partner healthcare provider organisations, through bespoke training, workshops, consultancy, service evaluations, audits, contract research and international conferences. The College has been successful in gaining funding from regional, national and European funding agencies, Northwest Development Agency innovation vouchers for projects with commercial companies and nationally funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, involving collaborative work with NHS Trusts, voluntary sector, charitable organisations and commercial companies.

Students and graduate successes

Student success

Each year, students have been shortlisted for or have won national awards, hosted by Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care Journals. Students and staff have successfully raised money for a range of local providers and national charities, including the Royal College of Nursing Benevolent Fund and have linked with the National Day of the Midwife.




The College welcomes undergraduate, postgraduate and research students from around the world. Cultural and international perspectives are embedded within the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to engage with others from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Research staff are engaged in collaborative research with partners in Europe and around the world.

Nursing, midwifery, allied health and sports students have opportunities to undertake international placements each year to a variety of locations. Some students have engaged in the leadership programme at the UCLan Cyprus campus. Experiences are captured and shared between students.



The approach of the College is to engage with the local community and bring the community into the University to capitalise on each other’s strengths and expertise. Many staff have specialist and advanced practitioner qualifications and experience. Some staff hold part-time or honorary lecturer posts within local health and social care organisations. There are several lecturer practitioners employed in partner healthcare organisations, teaching within our programmes. The College has a number of Honorary Fellows, drawn from healthcare provider and sports agencies and organisations, who contribute to development and delivery of programmes and contribute to research. The College has over two hundred volunteers with personal experience as patients and carers, who contribute to the development and delivery of programmes and contribute to research projects. Research staff also share their research findings with students. This combination ensures delivery of contemporary research informed teaching.

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