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UCLan Launches Its 'One Health' Strategy

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UCLan has marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS by launching its 'One Health' strategy, with aims to transform the landscape of health and social care across the North West.

UCLan is already the largest provider of health and social care education in Lancashire and Cumbria and is one of only five universities in the country delivering medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, complemented by a wide-range of other health related subjects.

The 'One Health' project will see the University integrate its health and social care disciplines under a single strategy.

The University will commit to taking a holistic approach to healthcare education, moving away from traditional segregated disciplines and focusing key expertise and resources towards the same health improving agenda.

More than 2,900 students at UCLan are registered on health and social care courses, with 35% of courses at the University linked to health and wellbeing.

Commenting on the strategy, UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas, said: "Health issues are often societal in nature. Lifestyle, education, nutrition and environment all have a role to play and it is 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."

One of the key themes behind the strategy is the idea that early intervention is far more effective and cost-efficient than curing health issues. The University will work closely with new and existing partners in the NHS, local authorities and others to help deliver its strategy.