The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing in partnership with the School of Medicine and the University of Central Lancashire is pleased to hold the next free ‘Public Engagement Seminar on Women’s Health and Wellbeing’ on

Date: 13 September 2023

Time: 3.00 to 5.00 pm

Venue: Harrington lecture theatre, Harrington building UCLan

Why this seminar is important

The Health and well -being of women is critical to the well- being of the society. Even though women on average live 4 years longer than men, they live in poor health.
Empowering women with knowledge about their health and wellbeing can enhance their quality of life and sense of fulfilment.

The seminar will cover

  • Women’s health Strategy
  • Why there is a need to focus on Women’s health
  • Addressing disparities in access, experience and quality of care for women
  • Priority Areas : Endometriosis, Heavy Bleeds, Cervical cancer
  • What experiences women have had in terms of access to and experience of the health care system

This will be an interactive seminar and talks will be followed by Q&A/Discussion.

Speakers and topics

  • Dr Anita Sharma: Women’s Health Strategy, Key Themes, and priority Areas and Endometriosis :  How to make a diagnosis, Why there is a delay and what needs to be done
  • Najma Khalid MBE: Gaps in Health care BAME
  • Caroline Yates: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and after effects
  • Dr Victoria Palin: Post Natal care and why it is important

About the speakers

Dr Anita Sharma is a General Practitioner in Oldham for over 30 years with special interest in women’s health. Last year she developed Endometriosis North Charity to help raise the awareness of Endometriosis, early diagnosis and management. She has been associated with several professional and charitable organisations in various roles. She has written many books and has lectured in several forums.

Najma Khalid MBE is Founder and Director of the Women’s CHAI Project CIC – Care, Help and Inspire, which empowers and develops women reaching out to an average of 150  women a week.  She has worked with some of the most disadvantaged BAME communities and she will cover following areas in her talk

  • Barriers BAME communities face in accessing Health Care
  • Gaps in Health Care
  • Health Inequalities
  • How to support & engage BAME communities

Caroline Yates will talk about breast cancer, in particular

Why Self-Checking is important

When to see a doctor urgently

Not all cancers are fatal

After effects of Chemo and Radiotherapy


Dr Victoria Palin will speak about post natal care and why it is important


The seminar is free to attend and it is not necessary to register.


For further information, please contact:

Professor Romesh Gupta or

Sarifa Kabir