About Us

The Lancaster University Work and Health Forum is a new cross-faculty, interdisciplinary forum comprising academic staff, health professionals, policy leaders, local council leaders and local citizens to develop new research-based approaches towards enabling people with long term physical or mental health conditions to maintain or enhance their work productivity.

The Work and Health Forum (WHF) involves colleagues from all four faculties at Lancaster University (Health & Medicine; Science & Technology; Management School; Arts & Social Sciences). As such, it benefits from exciting opportunities to explore key issues using expertise drawn from a diverse array of academic disciplines. Its global links with government and other policymakers via the Work Foundation, and with the NHS and other health organisations and networks via the Lancaster Health Hub, provide the WHF with a highly distinctive profile of skills and perspectives with which to develop collaborative projects and other joint initiatives.   

The WHF is linked closely to the new ARUK/ MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, of which Lancaster University is a key partner, and also to the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), whose role is to drive NHS innovation across the region.

The overall purpose of the WHF is to provide:

  • A focus for driving and facilitating cross-faculty collaborative projects and funding bids for research and innovation within this field.
  • A platform for connecting all key sectors (including the business sector and the third sector) to the university’s academic strengths, both to advance knowledge and to enable its adoption and impact. 
  • A vehicle for engaging with regional and national networks and organisations (including the CMHW and the AHSN), as well as with EU partners.  
  • An environment to support local staff and postgraduate students seeking to develop their professional skills and potential to contribute to and/or lead this growing field.

The lead convenors for the WHF are Professor John Goodacre and Dr Paula Holland, supported by Nicky Sarjent.