Academics from Lancashire are to play a key role in the future health of the nation as part of a £9m project to tackle inequalities.
Teams from the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Health and School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences will work with scientists from Lancaster and Liverpool universities to address issues of health inequalities through improvements in public health and chronic disease interventions.
Universities, NHS organisations and local authorities along the North West coast have joined forces and invested a further £12.5m to support research that improves services for patients.
The Preston-based UCLan team, which includes Professor Caroline Watkins and Professor Soo Downe, will lead the project in the development of the research workforce.
They will also investigate ways of improving mental health care. They will also be looking into new ways of working with NHS organisations in delivering health programmes.
Nigel Harrison, dean of the School of Health, said: “The programme will deliver research that translates into better health outcomes and will make a real difference to the delivery of new treatments and to the management of the complex needs of patients.”
Prof Watkins added: “We are delighted with this funding because it will not only allow the team to do critical research but it is also a great chance to offer opportunities to postgraduate students. Our postgraduates will be able to gain vital research experience.”
The funding is part of a £124m national programme.
Researchers from all over the country were invited to bid for the funding, provided by the Department of Health.