Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

The vision of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing is to 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 Faculty embraces solution-focused approaches to provide opportunities for students, staff and partners to achieve their full potential, irrespective of one’s personal background.

The Faculty is one of the largest providers of healthcare and sports education and professional development, offering flexible delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate modular-based courses and research degrees. We have over 8000 students and approximately 450 members of staff. Our portfolio has been developed and is continuously updated collaboratively with staff from local partner provider organisations, patients, carers and members of 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 and industrial placements within a diverse range of partner provider organisations across Lancashire within acute, community, primary care, mental health, County Councils, independent, public and voluntary sector and charitable organisations.

Simulated learning experience is provided for health students within contemporary skills laboratories including a hospital ward, operating theatre, high dependency unit, cardiac resuscitation suite, an ambulance, a midwifery suite, a children and neonatal unit, a community flat and counselling and consultation rooms. A range of facilities are accessed by sports students including a match analysis laboratory, apple suite; strength and conditioning equipment, metabolic testing pod, nutrition testing laboratory, Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and the Preston Sports Arena.

A diverse suite of courses is available leading to eligibility for professional registration, post graduate taught and research degrees, short courses and continuing professional development workshops. Courses are offered in adult, children and mental health nursing; counselling and psychological therapies; community nursing specialist practitioner and non-medical prescribing; assistant and advanced practitioner courses; midwifery; sexual health; operating department practice; paramedic practice; physiotherapy and sports therapy; public health; health informatics; sports management, adventure sports and outdoor leadership; sports coaching and performance; strength and conditioning; nutrition; sports and exercise sciences; social work; social care; social pedagogy; children, schools and families; and volunteering.

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

Contact us

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, Lancashire

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201


Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Newsletter - Issue 8

Issue 8


Executive Dean
Professor Nigel Harrison
Director of Academic Development
Janette Grey
Director of Research and Innovation
Professor Dame Caroline Watkins
Manager of Business, Partnerships and International
Jackie Day
Director of Business Development
Dr Debbie Wisby


Head of the School of Nursing
Professor Karen Wright
Head of the School of Community Health and Midwifery
Dr Debbie Kenny
Head of the School of Health Sciences
Robin Richardson
(Acting) Head of the School of Social Work, Care and Community:
Dr Ali Melling
Head of the School of Sport and Wellbeing
Dr Adrian Ibbetson

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The Faculty 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 policy and health improvement of individuals, families and public services.

Our research themes within the Faculty 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 Science, Cancer Care, Professional Ethics, Football, Sport Studies, Coaching and Performance, Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Nutritional Sciences and Food Safety, Social Work, Interpersonal Violence and Harm, Psychosocial Welfare, Children and Young Peoples Participation, and Citizenship and Community.

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, the Clinical Trials Unit and laboratory-based facilities, Hub members support research and review design, data management and analysis in projects in all research themes.

Visit our Research home page for more information.

The Faculty provides a range of innovation activities in response to the needs of partner provider organisations, through bespoke training, workshops, consultancy, service evaluations, audits, contract research and international conferences. The Faculty has been successful in gaining funding from regional, national and European funding agencies, Innovation Agency 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 and graduate success


Each year, students are shortlisted for or win national awards, hosted by Nursing, Midwifery, Health Care and Sports Journals and agencies. 

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.

Green impact is an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of students bringing together staff and students to green campuses, curriculums and communities across the country and has been offered at UCLan for the past three years. In 2015 the health staff and students received the Platinum award for its green impact submission.

PhD student Nadeem Gire was handed the Research Student of the Year prize at the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. Read more.



Athena Swan

ECU’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.



The approach of the Faculty 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 organisations, teaching within our programmes.

The Faculty has a number of Honorary Fellows, drawn from health and social care provider organisations and sports agencies, who contribute to development and delivery of programmes and contribute to research. The Faculty 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 methodological expertise and research findings with students. This combination ensures delivery of contemporary research informed teaching grounded in real world experience.

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