Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

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.

School of Sport and Wellbeing

School of Sport and Wellbeing


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: Dr Jackie Day-Garner
Director of Business Development: Dr Debbie Wisby

School of Social Work, Care and Community

School of Social Work, Care and Community


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
Head of the School of Social Work, Care and Community: Professor Joanne Westwood
Head of the School of Sport and Wellbeing: Dr Adrian Ibbetson




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

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201



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.