The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) has great pleasure in inviting you to attend this, the second virtual Public Engagement Seminar in the series “COPING with COVID-19”.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021 at 2.00 pm

Chief Guest & Introductory Speaker : Professor Calum Semple OBE

Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine University of Liverpool

Guest of Honour : Professor Maggie Rae President of the Faculty of Public Health


This second public engagement seminar, held in association with our partner organisations such as the University of Central Lancashire and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,  follows the successful first event in the series, attended by almost 4000 visitors, which examined the effects of the pandemic on mental health.

The current event shifts focus to the longer-term effects of the disease and how these can be managed. With a distinguished panel of speakers, listed below, the meeting presents a wide range of perspectives including from those who have first-hand experience of the disease as a patient. Together these will create a stimulating and thought-provoking environment for those involved.

The long-term effects of the Pandemic on individual health are of very wide concern and the speakers will have much to say which will interest members of the general public. The presentations will also be particularly relevant to health professionals and health professionals in training, administrators, local authority and other elected members, those working in social care and the voluntary sector etc. The organisers believe that it will also interest local leaders and voluntary groups with a stake in promoting the health and wellbeing of their own communities.

Looking ahead to the Seminar, Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE, Founder Chair of NFHW said,

“As an organisation, NFHW is dedicated to the promotion of Health and Wellbeing across all our communities, particularly the hard to reach. The virtual format used for this and previous events is proving to be a powerful new tool allowing us access to new and wider audiences.

We can only exploit this opportunity with the support of the many distinguished speakers who have so enthusiastically contributed to our programme. We are all very much in debt to them.”

Attending the seminar is free.

To join us, please use the following link which will go live at 2.00 pm on Saturday, 22nd May 2021.


List of Contributors


Chief guest and introductory speaker

Professor Calum Semple, OBE PhD FRCPCH FRCPE FHEA

Professor of Outbreak Medicine and Child Health

University of Liverpool, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool


Guest of Honour

Professor Maggie Rae, PrFPH FRSPH FRCP(Hon)

President, Faculty of Public Health UK and Visiting Professor, University of West of England.


Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE MD FRCP MBA

Chairman National Forum for Health & Wellbeing

Hon Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine University of Central Lancashire

Director of the Centre for Research in Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton


Dr Ashish Chaudhry, MB ChB MRCP(UK)

General Practitioner and Clinical Lecturer

University of Manchester

Covid-19 patient


Dr Sharada Gudur, MRCP

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Rajeev Gupta, MD FRCPCH MB, National Forum for Health & Wellbeing

Consultant Paediatrician, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Dominic Harrison

Director of Public Health, Blackburn with Darwen

Hon Professor in Public Health, University of Central Lancashire


Mr Bayo Igoh

Professional Coach, BAME Lead, Federation of Small Businesses


Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, MD MPH FFPH

Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council


Dr Mohammed Munavvar, MD DNB FRCP FRCPE

Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist,

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hon Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

President, European Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonologists


Ms Karen Partington

Chief Executive, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Mr Pyush Patel


Covid-19 patient, Lancashire


Dr Neelam Patel FRCA

Consultant Anaesthetist, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust


Ms Julia Riewald

Nutritional Practitioner,

Covid 19 patient, Yorkshire


Dr Amit Taneja MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonology and Critical Medicine, Medical College of

Wisconsin, USA


Mr David Williamson

Covid- 19 patient, Cheshire.