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Professor Sir Mansel Aylward

CB MD DSc FRCP FFOM FFPM FFPH FLSW

Professor of Prudent Health and Wellbeing
School of Management,
Swansea University,
Bay Campus

About

Sir Mansel’s career spanned working at senior levels in public health, UK and Welsh government departments and agencies, the National Health Service (in general practice and consultant in rheumatology and populational health). He served as Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director and Chief Scientist at the DHSS/DWP in Whitehall for 10 years and CMO/Medical Director at the Veterans’ Agency. He returned home to Wales as Professor of Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University and first chair of the Wales Centre for Health in 2005. He was appointed as professor of Prudent Health and Wellbeing at the School of Management, Swansea University in 2015. Earlier in his career he founded Simbec Research which gained the Company of the Year award. He was made a Companion of the Bath in 2002 and was knighted in 2010 for services to health and healthcare.

Areas of Expertise

  • Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine and Research
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Occupational Health and Rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial and Disability Research
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Prudent Healthcare
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Social Impacts of Chronic Pain

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Introduction to Medicine (undergraduate)

Social Determinants of Health and Illness (undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG))

The Social Transmission of Happiness and Wellbeing (UG, PG and Public)

Prudent Healthcare and Value Based Medicine (UG, PG)

Occupational Health and Medicine (UG, PG)

Achieving a Healthy Workplace (UG, PG)

Social Impact of Chronic Pain (UG, PG)

Research

Psychosocial Determinants of Health, Illness and Disease.

Overcoming Barriers to Return to Work: Behavioural Change.

The Medical Aspects, Support, rehabilitation and interventions in restoring fitness for work. Faculty of Occupational Medicine,

Selected Principal Publications:

Aylward M., Smail, S. A., Clowes, C., Rose, T., Spence, J., & Williams, G. (2013, March). “Health in all Policies” New development of an existing approach to health in Wales. British Medical Journal Volume 346, March 2013 p. f1697. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f1697

Smail, S. A., Aylward, M., Clowes, C., Rose, T., Spence, J., & Williams, G. (2013). New development of an existing approach to health in Wales. British Medical Journal, Volume 346 2013 p. f1697. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f1697

Aylward, M., Cohen, D. & Sawney, P. (2013). Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects, Support, rehabilitation and interventions in restoring fitness for work. Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Fifth edition, pp Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Aylward, M., Cohen, D. & Sawney, P. (2013). Support, rehabilitation and interventions in restoring fitness for work. Faculty of Occupational Medicine, pp Oxford: Oxford University Press.

.. Br Med J, 3(5875), 347-348.

Management of the Menopause and Post-Menopausal Years, 1975; The Disability Handbook, 1991, 2nd edn 1998; Back Pain: an international review, 2002; (contrib.) Malingering and Illness Deception, 2003; Scientific Concepts and Basis of Incapacity Benefits, 2005; The Power of Belief, 2006; (contrib.) Fitness for Work, 2nd edn, 1997 to 4th edn, 2012; Models of Disability, 2010; contribs on public health, disability.

Reports commissioned by Welsh Government:

Health Commission Wales Review: A Report – June 2008.

The Supporting People in Wales Programme – November 2010.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Wales: A Report – November 2010.

Transforming Health Improvement in Wales Programme – February 2015.

Quarterly Reports on Bevan Commission publications and activities.

Award Highlights

The Sir Byrom Bramwell Lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University (2019)

Health Commission Bureau: Key Note Lecturer (2019)

Hon Fellow: Cardiff University (2019)

Collaborations

Chair of the Bevan Commission, Wales' leading think tank for health and care and Chair of the Life Sciences Hub Wales.

Chair of Respiratory Innovation Wales.

Public Health Wales: responsible for the delivery of public health services at national, local and community level in Wales; the ‘hub' of connected organisations related to population health and to communicate better health messages to the people of Wales. Chair of the Employability Advisory Board. 

Cardiff University: to extend knowledge and understanding of the psychosocial, economic and cultural factors that influence health, illness, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Member of the Work and Health Advisory Board to Health and Safety Executive UK.

Chair of the UK Occupational Health Research Centre.

Advisor to the New Zealand Department of Health and Work and chair of the Growing Up in New Zealand Long Term Study.