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The Centre for Research for Health & Wellbeing undertakes high quality research which relates to professional agendas and social issues connected to the health and wellbeing of groups and individuals. Based in Bolton One, a unique tri-partner building the university shares with the Royal Bolton NHS Trust and Bolton Council, the Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing is based at the heart of its research sphere.

The Centre for Research in Health and Wellbeing is committed to improving the Health and Wellbeing of the communities through research and public engagement. The interactive lectures and the annual conference open to professionals and public alike are aimed to achieve these goals. Research is based upon collaborative partnerships and community involvement. The team has expertise in evaluation, needs assessment, service user involvement, participation and innovation.

It draws upon expertise from a variety of academic perspectives on current issues relating to health and wellbeing. All research is characterised by partnerships and collaborations in health, and across the public and voluntary sectors.

We are the host organisation for the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing which is a collaboration between the university and a number of regional health trusts, councils and voluntary bodies to support quality research for the health and wellbeing of local communities.

[75% of the university’s research activity in Social Policy (which includes research activity in health)  has been judged to be of international quality or better – with a proportion of research activity in this field judged to be world-leading, in terms of quality, significance and rigour.]

Advisory Board

The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing has an Advisory Board comprising Dr John Dean, Medical Director of NHS Bolton; Abdul Mulla, CEO of Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living; Dr Margaret Boneham, Dean of Social Sciences; Professor Elias Siores, Director of the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation. We are currently in the process of seeking out additional Advisory Board Members from the voluntary sector, and local government.

Associate Membership of the Centre for Research for Health & Wellbeing

The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing welcomes associate members who work in a range professional arenas where there is a need for high quality and robust research evidence to support the development of best practice and effective interventions around health and wellbeing. We also work in partnership with other colleagues within the university to bring inter-disciplinary insights into the work that we do.

Postgraduate Opportunites

The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing provides a vibrant and fertile environment for postgraduate research studies. We offer a number of research routes for those wishing to increase their research experience and develop their academic and professional profile. We can offer ‘traditional’ postgraduate programmes such as MPhil and PhD as well as new routes to PhDs such as PhDs by Applied Research, PhD by Publication (prospective and retrospective) and we are in the process of developing a Professional Doctorate in Health Research. We are particularly interested in receiving enquires and applications from those who wish to undertake research in professional and community based environments. Please contact Bob Snape [rs8@Bolton.ac.uk] if you wish to submit a proposal or application to undertake postgraduate research.

We have a range of postgraduate research training modules available to our postgraduate research students to ensure that they are able to develop the skills and expertise required to undertake independent research.

Research Projects & Collaborations

Dr Bob Snape

Bob Snape is Reader in Leisure and Sport at the University of Bolton. His research interests embrace leisure and well being, policy and public engagement. His current research includes a study of the inter-relationships of leisure, well being and health in inter-war Britain. He has also undertaken several evaluations of health-based interventions which have included the Blackburn with Darwen Health Living Citizens Jury on Alcohol, Bolton School Meals Service Healthy Meals and the Health Foundation Shared Leadership Scheme.

Dr Abhay Vaidya

Dr Abhay Vaidya was born in Goa and he attained his primary medical education (MBBS), University of Bombay from the Goa Medical College, the oldest medical school in Asia. He stood second in the University of Bombay during his Diploma in Anaesthesia (DA) examination. His research thesis titled ‘Chances of Cross Infection Through Anaesthesia Breathing Circuits’ was accepted for Doctor of Medicine (MD – Anaesthesiology) postgraduate qualifications which he successfully achieved from the same university whilst working in the world renowned Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Vaidya later spent a year working towards Certificate (Fellowship) in Cardiovascular and Neuroanaesthesia before immigrating to the UK to fulfil his dream of achieving Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA). During his training in the UK, he was also awarded the Diploma in Anaesthetics by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Prof. John Haworth

John T. Haworth has a Bsc (hons) in Biological Sciences, a Ph.D in Psychology and a Masters degree in Fine Art. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Well-Being at the University of Bolton, Bolton, UK. Formerly at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Victoria University of Manchester, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; and Visiting Research Scientist at the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. His two overlapping areas of research together constitute a focus on ‘Consciousness, Creativity and Well-being’. He has published extensively on Work, Leisure and Well-Being; and is a founder member of the Leisure Studies Association.

Prof Satyan Rajbhandari

MBBS (India), MD (Sheffield), FRCP (London), FRCP (Edin) Consultant Physician, Lancashire Teaching Hospital Hon Clinical Professor, University of Central Lancashire
Professor Satyan Rajbhandari, a native of Nepal, won a scholarship to study MBBS in India and went back after graduation. He came to the UK in 1991 and did his research in the University of Sheffield on complications of diabetes. After that he was appointed as a Consultant Diabetologist in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in 2001, where he leads Diabetes Research Unit. He has been active in education and research in the field of diabetes and has published many papers. He supervises post-graduate research students in the University of Central Lancashire. In addition he is also active in various charity works and regularly conducts diabetes clinic and health camps in different part of the UK for South Asian communities. He is also the General Secretary of Health Exchange Nepal (UK), which is a charity promoting health care professional training in Nepal.

Prof. Romesh Gupta

Professor Romesh Gupta has worked with the University of Bolton for many years and was a Founder Director of the Multi Cultural Studies Centre. He has undertaken several research projects evaluating the effectiveness of recently introduced health policies. He planned, prepared and delivered a residential course on Management and Professional Development for senior Specialist Registrars of the Mersey Deanery. When appraisal for doctors was introduced, he delivered appropriate training throughout the North-west. Professor Gupta has co-authored 3 books, edited books on the health of ethnic minorities and has over 50 publications.

Bolton Health Consortium Event

In November 2011 the University of Bolton partnered with the new Bolton Health Consortium in a public engagement event. Led by the newly formed Clinical Commissioning Group; Bolton Health Consortium, it provided an opportunity for them to open a two way dialogue with residents of Bolton. For the consortium it helped them access and understand the priorities local people hold, with very keen interest on taking people’s views on board.

Research Engagement with Hard to Reach Groups for Health Improvement

There is a public health concern that certain populations, namely the most socially and economically disadvantaged groups in society, are less well provided for by the health service. There is also, at present, an increasing awareness of the need to include patients in the design and evaluation of health services. The Greater Manchester Public Health Network and the School of Health & Social Sciences at the University of Bolton have been involved in discussions and pilot work around proposed programmes of research which link experiential knowledge with interventions that can be seen to have an impact on reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen, Health Foundation Shared Leadership for Change (BME) Scheme

This evaluation supported the implementation of an intervention to effect change management in public health through a project designed to increase levels of physical activity and healthy eating amongst a target group of South Asian females aged 18-40. This project enabled front-line staff working with the target group to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-cultural factors relevant to the engagement of this group and to introduce modifications to service delivery which led to more effective provision and increased engagement.

Bolton Connexions (Positive Activities for Young People) Key Worker Scheme

Positive Activities for Young People is a national Government programme for young people aged 8-19. It offers arts, sports, cultural and educational activities for young people who are at risk. Bolton Connexions implemented a Key Worker scheme through which a cohort of young people involved in Positive Activities for Young people  who were considered to be most at risk of exclusion and involvement in criminal behaviour were assigned a Key Worker to support their school attendance and social behaviour and in the case of older children, career planning and work experience. We were able to support the implementation of the scheme through identifying good practice by Key Workers and disseminating this within the project.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Cancer Services Network, National & Early Detection Initiative

This evaluation and consultancy project aims to develop cancer awareness within a BME (predominantly British South Asian community) through the establishment and training of a cohort of volunteers. A major aim of the project is to enhance levels of social capital within this community and we have been specifically asked to investigate this as part of our evaluation.  The next stage of the project, and of our evaluation, will be concerned with the effectiveness of the cohort’s engagement with the target community and the extent to which the project contributes to the growth of social networks and sustainable provision of culturally appropriate cancer awareness interventions.


Health Awareness & the Health Mela

In conjunction with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, the Centre has been involved in running health awareness events, Health Melas, for over ten years, initially in Preston and Bolton, but in recent years also in the Fylde, Leyland, Bradford, Ilford and Cardiff.  Data from these health fairs which include numbers taking up diagnostic test opportunities, numbers referred on and for what reason and general feedback from participants is currently being analysed to assess the efficacy of this approach to health education as a means of reaching otherwise hard to access groups, especially South Asians who have some health issues specific to this group and who do not access health services as often as some other groups.

Attitudes to Vaccination against HPV in BME Groups

This questionnaire based research is being conducted as a partnership between NHS consultants and staff in the Psychology section to determine whether there is significant opposition to HPV vaccination of girls (12-14) amongst Black and Minority Ethnic groups and, if there is, what the basis of that opposition might be.

Attitudes to Organ Donation in South Asian Communities

It is well known that there is an acute shortage of suitable organ donations amongst the population as a whole, but there is a disproportionately large shortfall amongst the south Asian community.  This study seeks to identify whether the reluctance to donate is cultural or religious and what, if anything, might be done to counter it.  This research is in collaboration with the NHS and the University of Wolverhampton.

Contact Details

All enquiries related to the Centre for Research for Health & Wellbeing should be addressed to:

Professor Romesh Gupta
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903 514
Email: ku.c1585664387a.not1585664387lob@a1585664387tpuG.1585664387R1585664387

All enquiries related to the Centre for Worktown Studies should be addressed to:

Dr Bob Snape
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903 609
Email: ku.ca1585664387.notl1585664387ob@ep1585664387ans.r1585664387


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