Alongside the NHS, we celebrate our own anniversary in 2018: 190 years of education at this institution. Educating health practitioners has been a key part of our role for many years. We were amongst the pioneers of nursing education, working in partnership with the St John Ambulance Association, in the 1880s. We introduced programmes in Home Nursing in the 1890s and delivered science tuition to nurses at Preston Royal Infirmary from the 1920s.
The collective scale of our Faculties of Health and Wellbeing and of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences make them the largest area of the University’s provision. But it’s the breadth of our offering that means we have the capability to create and deliver a ‘One Health Strategy’. We are one of only five universities in the country delivering Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Combine this with our extensive provision in nursing disciplines, paramedic practice, allied health professions, psychology, engineering, social work and social care, and we have the range of teaching, research and innovation required to map across the core public health issues faced by our region.
Health issues are often societal in nature – lifestyle, education, nutrition, environment all have a role to play – and it’s only by looking beyond the immediate needs of an individual ‘patient’, through inter-disciplinary collaboration, that we can help to fix these macro issues. The ‘One Health Strategy’ is the University’s contribution to helping alleviate these challenges and the health inequalities faced by people and communities across the North West.
At the heart of the 'One Health' vision is an understanding and recognition that:
Our vision is informed by the University’s Corporate Strategy and Strategy for Lancashire along with regional and national strategies and policies (the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership Sector Skills Baseline Study for Health and Social care; Lancashire and South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Plan; West, North and East Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Plan; NHS Five Year Forward View).