Linda Ratinckx

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB229

+44 (0) 1772 89 3404

Subject Areas: Health and Social Care

Linda has been with UCLan for 17 years and is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. Prior to this Linda spent several years in a variety of professional practice roles within the NHS (Staff Nurse/Sister (General Nursing), Community Nurse, School Nurse, Health Visitor).

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2008-2010 MA Education (Research), University of Central Lancashire

1993-6 BA (Hons) Health Studies (Community Health),First Class, University of Central Lancashire

1991-1993 Diploma in School Nursing, University of Central Lancashire

1982-1985 Registered General Nurse, Nurse Education Centre, Furness General Hospital

Professional Qualifications/Member of General Nursing Council



1993-1996 School Nurse

1990-1993 Sister (Paediatrics) Furness General Hospital

1985-1993 Staff Nurse (surgical, medical, orthopaedic, paediatrics, theatre, ENT/eye)



2003 - present Course Leader BA (Hons) Health Studies

2007 - 2011 Joint Course Leader MSc Applied Public Health

External Responsibilities

2011 - present: Referee for Journal of Health Promotion


No publications available

Research Activities

Linda has experience in action research, participative research, ethnographic research and case study research. She is currently further developing her knowledge and understanding of course development and improving the student experience. She is particularly interested in how students from different cultures learn, and how all students can best be supported in the learning situation. This interest has culminated in a piece of research which explores the learning needs of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels from both home and international students’ perspectives. The application of this research has led directly to significant course development within a number of courses both at undergraduate and post graduate level.


Education Research in Higher Education
Obesity/Diet and Exercise
The Health of Young People
Children and Food
The Healthy Settings Approach (Healthy Stadia)

Research Projects

Linda has worked on a variety of research projects within the university, particularly as part of a team with the Healthy Settings Development Unit where she developed, piloted and implements the ‘Healthy Stadia’ programme and toolkit. Linda has also worked on a range of consultative/evaluation projects for a number Health Authorities throughout the UK, and has contributed to several pieces of work commissioned by the Department of Health. Several conference presentations and publications re the above.

Current projects include work with the Health Settings Unit, UCLan on several 'Healthy Cities' programmes of work in partnership with the WHO


Teaching Activities

Teaching on Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes( including FdA and ENH programmes), course development (UG and PG) , student support, research and development/ consultancy activities ( Health Settings Unit) academic reading,workshop symposiums, recruitment events. Admissions tutor, course leader for undergraduate programme, course development , recruitment activities including clearing.

Linda has expertise in developing links with future employers from public, private and the third sector organisations and has experience in developing work placement processes which provide students with valuable work experience.

Academic Subject Specific Teaching Areas:
1. Public health/health promotion/health behaviour change (in a wide range of areas)
2. Epidemiology methodology and application/health needs assessment/health impact
3. Health economics/health resource planning and use/ethical dilemmas
4. Child/young people’s health (in a wide range of areas)
5. Healthy eating/nutrition, the psychology of food and food choices
6. Anthropology and Health
7. Workplace Learning in Health
8. Research Methods in Health

Teaching and Learning:
1. Developing internationalisation within the curriculum (UG and PG)
2. Developing subject specific study skills support for post graduate students
3. Employability as an integral part of course content
4. The value of the ‘volunteering experience’ and work placement


Royal Society of Public Health

United Kingdom Public Health Association


'The Healthy Stadia Programme: an effective way of addressing local health needs and reducing health inequalities?' UKPHA Annual Conference, September, Gateshead 1999

'Children's Food Knowledge and Making Health Choices' Food and Nutrition Research Conference, Edinburgh University, November 2004