The University of Huddersfield’s Health and Wellbeing Academy has been officially launched – and it offers services to the public as well as learning experiences for students.

The academy has opened on the university’s main Queensgate campus but it will move to a pioneering new £40 million building planned for the new National Health Innovation Campus in Southgate, scheduled for 2024.

The academy, open to the public, has facilities at the university, but also has a kitted-out mobile clinic which can go out into communities.

Prof Joanne Garside, strategic director of the Health and Wellbeing Academy, said: “The Health and Wellbeing Academy supports the University of Huddersfield’s commitment to creating and developing a diverse and highly skilled workforce.

“By working collaboratively with a range of partners we can bring together a range of experts to deliver real benefits to the local community.”

The Health and Wellbeing Academy brings together four key areas: Clinical and wellbeing services; research and evaluation; workforce development for health and social care professionals; and collaborations with businesses and health care organisations.

Two services offered to the public that are likely to be most popular are the Podiatry Clinic and Get Set Goal.

The Podiatry Clinic offers general podiatry, orthotics and gait analysis. There is also a surgical theatre suite.

Get Set Goal is a free service that offers a series of one-to-one appointments or group workshops focusing on improving general health and wellbeing.

Anyone who wants more information can e-mail or go to the university’s website HERE.