The British Science Festival at Brighton

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex is co-hosting the British Science Festival this year. The event, which is the longest, established science Festival in Europe takes place from 5th– 9th September and features an array of interesting events in an exciting daytime and evening programme.

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Podiatry success: from student to Senior Lecturer at 25 years old

At only 25, our very own University of Brighton, BSc (Hon) Podiatry graduate, Dao Tunprasert has been promoted to Senior Lecturer and for anyone who knows her; this is so well deserved! Continue reading

Come visit us at our School of Health Sciences ‘Open Days’ in July

The School of Health Sciences teach a number of health courses over our two sites based in Falmer, Brighton and in Eastbourne.

If you are thinking about studying with us, why not visit us to find out more to:

  • find out all about your interested subject area
  • talk to staff and the students who currently come here
  • see the campus and get a feel for who we are and why you should choose us!

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Health student’s very important day to remember

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Health Students attend Students Day at Florence Nightingale Foundation

UoB Health Students Ben Horton and Kirsty Rowland were honoured to meet Sir Robert Francis QC (second left) and Geoffrey Walker OBE (far right)

 

 

As representatives of the School of Health Sciences, Midwifery student, Kirsty Rowland and mental health nursing student Ben Horton were privileged to join the Florence Nightingale Foundation in London, at their Students’ Day. Continue reading

Brighton health students to help improve dementia care

 

University of Brighton students are set to take part in an award-winning programme Time for Dementia, to improve dementia care.

The programme pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students studying healthcare.  Families take part in the project over a period of two years, and are visited by a pair of students three to four times a year.  It aims to help improve student knowledge, attitudes, empathy and care towards people with dementia and their caregivers.

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More than 320 health students joined 90 families affected by dementia and dementia specialists at a stakeholder conference to celebrate the project.

Professor Sube Banerjee, Director of the Centre for Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)/Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who leads the project, said: “Until now, while we’ve made huge strides in areas of medicine such as treatment for cancer, there has been little focus on improving care for long-term conditions such as dementia.

“Time for Dementia is helping healthcare students to understand what it is really like to live with a long-term health condition, by building up a relationship with a family with dementia over two years. From this, students learn to develop compassion and understanding of long-term conditions, and are better equipped for their future careers as health professionals, ultimately leading to better care for people with dementia and their families.”

The programme has been running with nursing and paramedic students at the University of Surrey and medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) since 2014.  University of Brighton students are scheduled to join the programme later this year.

As a result of its early success, it will be rolled out throughout the Kent, Surrey and Sussex on a much larger scale over the next five years. Forming part of the training for nursing, occupational therapy, paramedic science, physiotherapy, radiography and speech and language therapy students at the universities of Brighton, Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church, it is expected to reach a further 1,600 students over the next five years.

Pippa and Rob Stanley have been part of the project for the past two years, and are about to take on their second pair of students. Mr Stanley said: “Since Pippa was diagnosed with dementia in 2011, we have been bounced around like medical pinballs and there has been a real lack of continuity and joined-up care.

“Having two nursing students visit us over past two years has been productive for us as well as for them. By talking to students, not only are they able to gain an insight into your life, it can help clarify your own insights too. Sometimes it might even be the first time you’ve voiced a thought— the relationship is very much a two-way street. We talk around how things have changed and evolved since the last visit, as over two years there’s an evolution of the condition.

“As time has gone on the students seem to have more of an understanding of what it feels like to have dementia and what life is like for us. I think it’s helped them develop empathy and understanding, both for Pippa and me, as her carer.”

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2nd National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings

The second National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings will take place on 6th September 2017.

Following last year’s successful event we are delighted to be hosting the 2nd conference for occupational therapists working in diverse settings. Based on feedback from last year we have planned the day to share more examples from occupational therapists working in a range of exciting practice settings and provide time for more networking and sharing of ideas.

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Time: Coffee and networking from 9am and conference due to start 9.45-4.30pm

Venue: School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, Eastbourne Robert Dodd campus, 49 Darley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7UR.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jennifer Creek: Skills for a diverse practice of occupational therapy.

The day will include opportunities for networking, presentations from occupational therapists working in a range of diverse practice settings, and a workshop on the new Career Development Framework with Dr Stephanie Tempest, Education Manager for Professional Development, College of Occupational Therapists.

Cost: We wish to keep the cost of the conference low again this year but would invite people to select the price that best reflects their employment earnings.

  • £35 for those earning less than £20,000 and anyone who is presenting at the conference.
  • £50 for those earning in range of £20-30,000
  • £75 for academics attending on behalf of their University

Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

For further information please contact Channine Clarke, c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk / 01273 643771.

 

Congratulations to The Brighton Midwifery Society who won BSU 2017 ‘Society of the Year’ award

What a fantastic event it was at the Brighton Student Union (BSU) Awards 2017 ceremony at Komedia Tuesday night.

It was a incredible evening celebrating the very best in student volunteering, student representation and outstanding teaching.  With such great nominations in each category, it must have been a difficult decision to identify only one winner per category.

However, for the School of Health Sciences there were a number of clear winners across our Midwifery Society, as we are pleased to announce and congratulate –

The Brighton Midwifery Society who won ‘Society of the Year’ award!

Brighton Student Union Awards Midwifery Society PhotoThe BSU presented the award to The Brighton Midwifery Society for all their amazing work and their contribution in developing their offering for the benefit of students.

The award is well deserved as for many who know them, know that they have worked incredibly hard to spread their knowledge, and bring about increased awareness and information around pregnancy and birth.

Congratulations to all the BSU nominees and the winners across the University of Brighton! You make us very proud!

BSU Student Awards Nominees and Winners

Pippa Hillen’s MoonWalk to help fight breast cancer

If you haven’t already sponsored Pippa Hillen’s moonwalking, dig deep into your pockets and your hearts to wish her well this weekend as she walking 26 miles to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer. This will be her 7th London Moonwalk and 5th London Full Moon (26.2 miles) walk, but it’s certainly no easy feat!

“Thank you very much to those of you have sponsored me every year. It is greatly appreciated and is so encouraging when training and walking, especially on the last 8 miles of the night! This is a great cause, so please support it if you can.  Any amount you give will be valued and used well” said Pippa who is Deputy Head of School for Practice Learning and Principal Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Brighton.

The event is set up by Walk the Walk.  Walk the Walk came into being 20 years ago when just 13 women ‘Power Walked’ the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. As the UK’s largest grant making charity they work with charities big and small that are involved with breast cancer, this includes supporting research as well as to support those that have cancer now.

Wearing bras is their unique trademark, the girls and, yes, the guys too, all Walk the Walk in decorated bras.  Whilst it is not the normal sight for a Saturday night in London, it is a vision to behold and one that succeeds in not only raising awareness but millions of pounds for them to grant to their benefiting breast cancer causes.

Please help support Pippa, and all the others who are doing the moonwalk this weekend by sending your well wishes and donating to: http://wtwalk.org/moonwalklondon2017/pippa-6