Alphacademy

Applied Learning for Preventative Health Academy (ALPHAcademy)

Preventative Health

The precept that prevention is better than cure continues to grow in relevance. Indeed, as populations become progressively affected by multi-morbidity and avoidable long-term disorders, both the urgency and the need to focus on prevention of illness is increasing. Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. It means stopping problems from arising in the first place; focusing on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they become ill. Indeed, prevention is not merely the absence of illness or infirmity, it is the possession of a set of personal resources that need nurturing and development to ensure good mental and physical health. In addition, prevention cannot be solved by the health and social care system alone, as many aspects influencing good health lie outside of the health and social care sector’s control. Awareness of and commitment to health equity must be embedded within healthcare provision in order for prevention to be successful across society.

Huge progress continues to be made in improving the health of the nation - helping people to live longer lives. However, people are spending too many years in poor health, with these gains in health not felt equally across society. But this is not inevitable; much of ill health could be prevented.

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Education

Bangor University is developing workshops/masterclasses in a range of topics related to preventative health which will enable leaders to upskill in a flexible way in a time frame to suit the demands of their roles. These workshops can be credit bearing and be used towards one of the postgraduate qualifications available should an applicant wish to sign up to one of the available programmes.

We currently have three exciting postgraduate programmes open for applications:

MSc Preventative Health and Health Equity 

PG Dip Preventative Health and Health Equity 

PG Cert Preventative Health and Health Equity

Workshop

We are pleased to announce the first ALPHAcademy ‘free to attend’ workshop. For further details and to sign up please see details below.

Title: Healthy Behaviour in individuals and systems: What drives behaviour and how can we harness it?

Date/Time: 28 June 2021, 10am-4pm (Lunch break 12pm-1pm)

Summary: Our best intentions are not always followed by good actions. This workshop will provide an introduction to behaviour change and consider what drives behaviour and why sometimes our goal-setting doesn’t lead to appropriate actions. Examples and case studies will be discussed, and we will also consider behaviour within a system and how systems approaches can support larger scale change. 

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Funding

There are a number of fully funded places available for UK students for both individual modules and full postgraduate provision. There is also one fully funded place available for an International student on the MSc in Preventative Health and Health Equity programme

For further including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and to apply, please download the following form.

For international applicants please email ALPHAcademy@bangor.ac.uk for an application form.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for these scholarships, further funding opportunities can be found on our Student Finance pages. 

Research

As populations become progressively impacted by multi-morbidity and avoidable long-term disorders, both the urgency and the need to focus on prevention of illness is increasing. Prevention is about helping people being and staying healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. It means stopping problems from arising in the first place; focusing on keeping people healthy, not just treating them when they become ill. Huge progress continues to be made in improving the health of the nation. However these gains in health are not felt equally across society, and people continue to spend too many years in poor health.

ALPHAcademy has great potential to refocus health research and development on preventative health interventions. We plan to work with a wide variety of key stakeholders, including partners from the health and social care sector, industry, the third sector, and education to lead and support research on preventative health interventions and the mechanisms of driving change within health. We will offer bespoke research design and support services, and focus on multiagency collaboration. We are keen to explore research opportunities and partnerships, please contact alphacademy@bangor.ac.uk to discuss further.

Consultancy

Bangor University is committed to ensuring that the results of its scholarly teaching and research are used for the benefit of the society and economy of Wales and beyond. The College of Human Sciences at Bangor University has an established history of research consultation and the ALPHAcademy is keen to develop bespoke projects within the broader context of the project, including preventative health interventions, systems leadership, mentorship and behaviour change. We want to work with various stakeholders to design unique programmes which meet specific needs, and to also explore opportunities for future collaboration. Please contact alphacademy@bangor.ac.uk to discuss further.

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