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Established in 2001, the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit aims to support the holistic and integrated development of healthy settings – acknowledging that “health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love” (WHO, 1986) and that many health challenges are interrelated and can be best tackled through comprehensive, integrated programmes in the contexts and places where people live their lives. Bridging research, policy and practice, the unit has a global reputation and is concerned to facilitate ecological approaches to health and wellbeing within and across a diversity of organisational and geographical settings – and to increase understanding of ‘what works and why’ in different contexts.

The unit’s work is informed by:

  • a focus on salutogenesis – going beyond illness to explore the creation of wellbeing and foster potentials that enable individuals and populations to flourish
  • a willingness to engage with and embrace complexity
  • a concern to work with and manage change in whole systems
  • a commitment to social justice, equity, participation and empowerment
  • the imperative of connecting health and sustainable development – appreciating that human health is dependent on and closely interwoven with the health of the planet.

Further information on specific settings is provided under the Settings in Practice case study.

Expertise and Subject Areas

The Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit has wide-ranging expertise and its diverse portfolio includes:

  • Development, delivery and management of externally-funded health and wellbeing programmes in organisational and geographical settings
  • Applied research, evaluation and knowledge transfer
  • Network co-ordination and development
  • Training, CPD and consultancy
  • Policy development and analysis.

Specific roles currently include:

  • Co-ordination of the English National Healthy Universities Network
  • Leadership and co-ordination of UCLan’s Healthy University initiative
  • Co-ordination of the ‘Greener on the Outside for Prisons’ Programme, which forms part of the North West region’s Big Lottery funded Target: Wellbeing portfolio
  • Teaching – contributing to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate public health courses, including the specialist postgraduate healthy settings module

Over recent years, the Unit has been commissioned to co-ordinate the UK Healthy Cities Network, one of 20 WHO accredited networks in Europe and provide operational management for the European WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons.

Impact

The Unit’s regional health and justice programme (Greener on the Outside for Prisons) has contributed learning and innovation nationally and to the work of the World Health Organisation’s Collaborating Centre on Health in Prisons and Health in Prisons Programme.

Evaluative research has been carried out, informing future strategic and system-level planning for offender management and health and justice, whilst also levering further research and implementation funding.

Groundbreaking research in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for Public Health has been instrumental in ensuring that Healthy Universities features as a named programme in the Government’s Public Health Strategy for England.

From 2007-2012, Professor Mark Dooris chaired the International Union for Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings (now an interest group) – and in recognition of his leadership in this field has been keynote speaker at numerous international conferences, thereby influencing further research, policy and practice.

Mark was also a member of the evaluation team for Phases III and IV of the World Health Organisation’s European Healthy Cities initiative.

The Unit co-ordinates or has co-ordinated a number of national and regional networks (e.g. the UK Healthy Universities Network; the North West Healthy Prisons Network; the UK Healthy Cities Network), offering potential for innovative collaboration and providing infrastructures to connect research, policy and practice.

Publications and outputs

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Dooris, M., McCart, D., Hurley, M. & Baybutt, M. (2013) Probation as a Setting for Building Wellbeing through Integrated Service Provision – Evaluating an Offender Health Trainer Service. Perspectives in Public Health 133(4): 199-206. doi:10.1177/1757913913486036

Dooris, M (2013) Bridging the Silos: Towards Healthy and Sustainable Settings for the 21st Century. Health & Place http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.11.009

Eadie, D., MacAaskill, S., McKell, J & Baybutt, M. (2012) Barriers and facilitators to a criminal justice tobacco control coordinator: an innovative approach to supporting smoking cessation among offenders. Addiction 107 (Suppl. 2): 26–38. doi:10.1111/j.1360

Doherty, S., Cawood, J. & Dooris, M. (2011) Applying the whole system settings approach to food within universities. Perspectives in Public Health 131(5): 217-224. doi: 10.1177/1757913911413344

Dooris, M. & Heritage, Z. (2011) Healthy cities: facilitating the active participation and empowerment of local people. Journal of Urban Health doi:10.1007/s11524-011-9623-0

Dooris, M., McCart, D., Hurley, M. & Baybutt, M. (2013) Probation as a Setting for Building Wellbeing through Integrated Service Provision – Evaluating an Offender Health Trainer Service. Perspectives in Public Health 133(4): 199-206. doi:10.1177/1757913913486036

Poland, B., Dooris, M. & Haluza-Delay, R. (2011) Securing ‘supportive environments’ for health in the face of ecosystem collapse: meeting the triple threat with a sociology of creative transformation. Health Promotion International 26 (Supplement 2): ii202-ii215. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar073

Cawood, J., Dooris, M. & Powell, S. (2010) Healthy universities: shaping the future. Perspectives in Public Health 130 (6): 259-260. doi: 10.1177/1757913910384055

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: current activity and future directions – findings and reflections from a national-level qualitative research study. Global Health Promotion 17(3): 6-16. doi: 10.1177/1757975910375165

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: time for action – a qualitative research study exploring the potential for a national programme. Health Promotion International 25(1):94-106. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daq015

Orme, J. & Dooris, M. (2010) Integrating health and sustainability: the higher education sector as a timely catalyst. Health Education Research 25(3): 425-437. doi: 10.1093/her/cyq020

Poland, B. & Dooris, M. (2010) A green and healthy future: a settings approach to building health, equity and sustainability. Critical Public Health. 20(3): 281-298. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2010.502931

Springett, J., Whitelaw, S. & Dooris, M. (2010) Editorial: sustainable development, equity and health – time to get radical. Critical Public Health 20(3): 275-280. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2010.502932

Dooris, M. (2009) Holistic & sustainable health improvement: the contribution of the settings-based approach to health promotion. Perspectives in Public Health, 129: 29-36. doi: 10.1177/1757913908098881

Heritage, Z. & Dooris, M. (2009) Community participation & empowerment in Healthy Cities. Health Promotion International, 24: i45-i55. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dap054

Dooris, M., Sedgley, L. & Dugdill, L. (2008) A reflective analysis of the development of a regional workplace health strategy in the North West of England. International Journal of Workplace Health Management 1: 209-218. doi: 10.1108/17538350810926552

Doherty, S. & Dooris, M. (2006) The healthy settings approach: The growing interest within colleges and universities. Education and Health 24 (3): 42-43.

Dooris, M. (2006) Editorial – Healthy settings: future directions. Promotion & Education XIII (1): 4-6. doi: 10.1177/10253823060130010101

Dooris, M. (2006) The challenge of developing corporate citizenship for sustainable public health: an exploration of the issues, with reference to the experience of North West England. Critical Public Health 16 (4):331-343. doi: 10.1080/09581590601045170

Dooris, M. (2005) Healthy settings: challenges to generating evidence of effectiveness. Health Promotion International 21 (1): 55-65. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dai030

Dooris, M. (2005) A qualitative review of Walsall Arts into Health Partnership. Health Education 105 (5): 355-373. doi: 10.1108/09654280510617187

Dooris, M. (2004) Joining up settings for health: a valuable investment for strategic partnerships? Critical Public Health 14 (1): 49-61. doi: 10.1080/09581590310001647506

Dooris, M. (2002) The Health Promoting University – opportunities, challenges & future developments. Promotion & Education Supplement 1 – Special Edition: 20-24. doi: 10.1177/10253823020090010112

Dooris, M. & Martin, E. (2002) The Health Promoting University – from idea to implementation. Promotion & Education Supplement 1 – Special Edition: 16-19. doi: 10.1177/10253823020090010111

Dooris, M. (2001) The ‘health promoting university’: A critical exploration of theory and practice. Health Education 101 (2): 51-60. doi: 10.1108/09654280110384108

Dooris, M. (1999a) Healthy cities & local agenda 21: The UK experience – challenges for the new millennium. Health Promotion International 14 (4): 365-375. doi: 10.1093/heapro/14.4.365

Dooris, M. (1999b) The health promoting university as a framework for promoting positive mental well-being – a discourse on theory & practice. International Journal of Public Mental Health 1 (4): 34-44.

Books and Book Chapters

Acin, E., Hayton, P, Dooris, M & Baybutt, M. (in press) Protecting and promoting health in prison. Health in Prisons: A WHO Guide to the Essentials in Prison Health (2nd Ed.). Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Dooris, M. & Barry, M. (2013) Overview of implementation in health promoting settings. Chapter in: Samdal, O. and Rowling, L. The Implementation of Health Promotion in Schools: Exploring the Theories of What, Why and How. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415525589

Baybutt, M. & MacAskill S. (2013) Smoking and mental disorder: special circumstances. Chapter 7 in: Britton, J. (Ed.) Smoking and Mental Health. A Joint Report by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, pp130-155. London: RCP. ISBN: 9781860165085

Dooris, M. & Barry, M. (2012) Overview of implementation in health promoting settings. Chapter In: Samdal, O. & Rowling, L. The Implementation Of Health Promotion In Schools: Exploring The Theories Of What, Why And How. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415525589

Dooris, M. (2012) Settings for promoting health. Chapter in: Jones, L and Douglas, J. Public Health: Building Innovative Practice. London: Sage/Milton Keynes: Open University Press. ISBN: 9781446207741

Dooris, M. (2012) The Settings Approach: An overview – looking back, looking forward. Chapter in: Scriven, A. and Hodgins, M. Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. London: Sage. ISBN: 9780857025463

Dooris, M., Doherty, S., Cawood, J. & Powell, S. (2012) The Healthy Universities Approach: Adding Value to the Higher Education Sector. Chapter in: Scriven, A. and Hodgins, M. Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. London: Sage. ISBN: 9780857025463

Dooris, M. (2009) Sundhedsfremmende settings: Teori, politik og praksis [Health promoting settings: theory, policy and practice]. Chapter in: Carlsson, M.; Simovska, V. & Jensen, B. Sundhedspædagogik og Sundhedsfremme. Teori, Forskning og Praksis [Health Pedagogy and Health Promotion: Theory, Research and Practice]. Copenhagen: Aarhus University. ISBN: 9788779343993

Dooris, M., Poland, B., Kolbe, L., de Leeuw, E., McCall, D. & Wharf-Higgins, J. (2007) Healthy settings: Building evidence for the effectiveness of whole system health promotion – challenges & future directions. Chapter in D.V. McQueen & C.M. Jones (Eds.) Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, pp. 327-352. ISBN: 9780387709734

Dooris, M. & Hunter, D. (2007) Organisations & settings for promoting public health. Chapter in C. Lloyd, S. Handsley, J. Douglas, S. Earle & S. Spurr (Eds.) Policy & Practice in Promoting Public Health. London: Sage/Milton Keynes: Open University, pp. 95-125. ISBN: 9781412930734

Baybutt, M., Hayton, P. & Dooris, M. (2006) Prisons in England & Wales: An important public health opportunity? Chapter in J. Douglas, S. Earle, S., S. Handsley, C. Lloyd & S. Spurr (Eds.) A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge & Controversy. London: Sage/Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp. 237-245. ISBN: 9781412930758

WHO* (2002) Community Participation in Local Health & Sustainable Development (European sustainable development & health series: 4). Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. *acknowledged as main author. ISBN: 9289010843

Dooris, M. & Thompson, J. (2001) Health-promoting universities: An overview. Chapter in A. Scriven & J. Orme (Eds.) Health Promotion: Professional Perspectives. Basingstoke: Macmillan, pp. 156-168. ISBN: 9780333948347

Tsouros, A., Dowding, G., Thompson, J. & Dooris, M. (Eds.) (1998) Health Promoting Universities: Concept, Experience & Framework for Action. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. ISBN: 9289012854

Dooris, M., Dowding, G. & Thompson, J. (1998) The settings-based approach to health promotion. Chapter in A. Tsouros, G. Dowding, J. Thompson, & M. Dooris (Eds.) Health Promoting Universities: Concept, Experience & Framework for Action. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe, pp.18-28. ISBN: 9289012854

Professional and Project Reports

Woods, S. & Dooris, M. (2014) UK Healthy Cities Network Annual Report 2013. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Cawood, J., Woods, S. & Dooris, M. (2013) UK Healthy Cities Network Annual Report 2012. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Baybutt, M., Chesworth, B. & Dooris, M. (2013) An Evaluation of the Green Dreams Project: A Report by the Healthy Settings Unit at UCLan. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

 

Dooris, M., McCart, D., Hurley, M., Baybutt, M., Clarke, R. (2012) Evaluation of the Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Offender Health Trainer Implementation Project 2011-2012. Final Report. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Baybutt, M., Farrier, A. & Dooris, M. (2012) Target: Wellbeing Pan-Regional Prisons Programme – Health, Inclusion and Citizenship. Final Report. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Farrier, A., Dooris, M. & Froggett, L. (2009-2012) Target: Wellbeing Process Evaluation – Set of Research Reports. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Baybutt, M. & Dooris, M. with McCart, D. (2011) Evaluation of Rochdale Offender Health Trainers Demonstration Project – Report of Findings. Preston: UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit

Timpson, C., Knuckey, S. Perkins, C., Bellis, M., Dooris, M. & Farrier, A. (2011) Target: Wellbeing Evaluation – Update Report 2011 (Reporting period April 2009-August 2010). Liverpool: LJMU – NWPHO.

Dooris, M., Cawood, J., Doherty, S. & Powell, S. (2010) Healthy Universities: Concept, Model and Framework for Applying the Healthy Settings Approach within Higher Education in England. Final Project Report – March 2010. Preston: UCLan / London: RSPH.

Giles, S.,Phillips, S., Timpson, C., Carlin, H., Perkins, C., Dooris, M. & Farrier, A. (2010) Target: Wellbeing Evaluation – Annual Report February 2010 (Reporting period April-September 09). Liverpool: LJMU – NWPHO.

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. (2009) National Research and Development Project on Healthy Universities: Final Report. London: Higher Education Academy HS&PSC.

Farrier, A., Dooris, M. & Froggett, L. (2009) XPRESS Well-Being on Prescription Project Evaluation Report. UCLan - Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit/Psychosocial Research Unit.

Sedgley, L. & Dooris, M. (2007) NW Regional Workplace Health Strategy. Preston: UCLan.

Dooris, M. & Hobbs, A. (Eds.) (2003) Healthy Settings in England’s North West: Stitching the Tapestry Together. Report of Conference, 19 September 2002. Preston: UCLan.

Dooris, M. & Ratinckx, L. (2002) Review of Walsall’s Arts into Health Partnership. Final Report Commissioned by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Health Authority.

Dooris, M. with Cotterill, A. (2001) Hemsworth Coalfield Partnership SRB5 Programme: Wellbeing Impact Assessment. Final Report commissioned by Wakefield HAZ.

Dooris, M. (1998) Working for Sustainable Health – University of Central Lancashire Health Promoting University. Phase I Progress and Evaluation Report. Preston: UCLan.

 

TEACHING, POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SUPERVISION AND CPD

UCLan Teaching- Module Leadership

UCLan Teaching- Contribution to various undergraduate and postgraduate modules

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Supervision in fields such as:

  • Healthy Settings
  • Health, Sustainability and Community Resilience
  • Urban Health
  • Health and Criminal Justice
  • Health, Equity and Social Justice
  • Community Development

Training and CPD

  • Healthy Settings Train the Trainers Course and Resource (commissioned by Health Service Executive, Ireland)
  • Healthy Settings Training Course (commissioned by Coventry City Council)
  • Various Training Programmes

Additional information

Further Information

Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit
Brook 327
University of Central Lancashire
PR1 2HE
Email: healthysettings@uclan.ac.uk  
Tel: +44 (0)1772 895575

The Healthy Settings Approach

At their simplest, settings such as schools and workplaces are convenient places for health interventions. However, the healthy settings approach recognises that many health determinants and influences are interrelated and can be best tackled through comprehensive, integrated programmes in the contexts and places where people live their lives.

Drawing on organisational development and community development perspectives, the approach is ecological and systems-based, working towards whole system change – with the aim of integrating health and well-being within the ethos, culture, routine life and core business of settings. Further information on specific settings is provided under the Settings in Practice case study.

Action is usually focused in three areas:

  • creating a healthy working, living and learning environments
  • integrating health into the core business and routine life of the setting
  • contributing to the health and well-being of the wider community.

The approach is values-based, uses a range of methods and incorporates six key elements:

  • Generating High Visibility Innovative Action: through high profile projects exploring the interconnections between different stakeholder groups and their environments and behaviours.
  • Leading Organisational and Cultural Change: by embedding the principles and aims of the healthy settings approach into the organisational ethos, culture and policy and planning processes.
  • Securing Senior Level Commitment and Corporate Responsibility: through the leadership and advocacy of senior decision-makers for health, well-being and sustainable development.
  • Enabling Wide-Ranging Participation: by encouraging and facilitating the active involvement of stakeholders in identifying and prioritising needs and planning and delivering action.
  • Anticipating and Responding to Public Health Challenges: by ensuring the setting addresses key challenges pertaining to its population.
  • Helping to Deliver the Institutional Agenda: by mapping public health challenges against the setting’s core business agenda and demonstrating clearly its role in helping to deliver this.

Newsletters and Other Publications

Greener Outside Newsletter - Spring/Summer Newsletter 2015

GOOP Best Practice Guide

Healthy Settings Newsletter [Special: Choosing Health] – June 2005

Healthy Settings Newsletter [Special: Healthy University] – Autumn 2005

Healthy Settings Newsletter 5 [Criminal Justice Settings] – Winter 2008

UCLan Healthy University Newsletter – 2010

Target: Wellbeing Newsletter – Winter 2009-10

Target: Wellbeing Newsletter – Summer 2012

Target: Wellbeing Newsletter – Spring 2013

 

Related Projects

Ongoing Projects

UK Healthy Universities Network


Greener on the Outside for Prisons


UCLan Healthy University


 

Completed Projects

Blood-Borne Virus Policy Initiatives (Prisons) –Evaluation


Capturing and Transferring Learning from Health Action Zones in the East and West Midlands


Claiming the Health Dividend in Salford


Confidence and satisfaction study of victims of crime within BME groups in Lancashire


Food Assessment at HMYOI Hindley


Green Dreams Project - Evaluation


Greener Outside: Beyond Prison


Greener on the Outside for Prisons - Evaluation


Health, Inclusion and Citizenship: Pan-Regional Prisons Programme


Health Promoting Criminal Justice Settings: Learning Networks for Offender Health


Health Promoting Hospitals – National Network Development


Healthy Prisons – National Development


Healthy Prisons Programme – North West Region


Healthy Settings Global Working Group


Healthy Stadia Development – North West Region


Healthy Workplace Co-ordination – North West Region


Healthy Universities – Developing Leadership and Governance


Healthy Universities – National Research and Development Project


Healthy Universities – Developing a National Framework


Hemsworth Coalfield Partnership SRB5 Programme – Wellbeing Impact Assessment


North West Healthy Prisons Network


Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health (North East, Yorkshire and Humberside) - Evaluation


Probation Health Trainer Implementation Project - Evaluation


Reoffending Data Analysis


Rochdale Probation Health Trainer Demonstration Project – Process Evaluation


Shared Priorities Project Self Assessment Tool - Evaluation


Target: Wellbeing Regional Portfolio – Process Evaluation


Tobacco Control in Prisons


UK Healthy Cities Network


Walsall Arts for Health Partnership - Evaluation


WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons and its relationship to the WHO Health in Prisons Programme in Copenhagen: English | Russian


WHO Health in Prison Programme


Wigan and Leigh XPRESS Arts and Health - Evaluation