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

BSU Awards 2017 – Nominations for School of Health Sciences

Following the recent announcement by the Brighton Student Union (BSU) of the Union Awards for 2017, the School of Health Sciences (SHS) are pleased to announce that we have received the following nominations in the BSU Awards 2017:

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Society of the Year (Group)
For the society that has done amazing work to develop their offering for students.
They may have significantly increased their membership, created new events and activities and opportunities or developed strong working relationships within the University, the local community or nationally to enhance the experience for their members.

The Midwifery Society
The Brighton Midwifery Society’s aim is to spread knowledge and information around pregnancy and birth. They are open to Midwives, Student Midwives, prospective Student Midwives as well as mothers and fathers who want to expand their learning pertaining to this pivotal time in their lives. Midwives are the experts in normality and the Society aims to promote normal birth, in all its different incarnations, whilst building up a community of like-minded individuals with a passion for Midwifery.

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Best Feedback
For the tutor who provides the most helpful feedback on your work.

Helen Fiddler
Helen qualified as a physiotherapist in London. She gained an MSc Research in Remedial and Caring Practice from Loughborough University. Helen then worked for many years as a physiotherapist specialising in treating both adults and children with cardiac and respiratory problems.
She is currently programme leader for postgraduate courses in the School of Health Sciences, course leader for the MSc Physiotherapy and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Health Sciences.
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The Union Awards are a great part of the academic year in which we get to celebrate the achievements and hard work of staff across the University and the Union. Whether it’s an inspirational lecturer or a student volunteer – every effort is made to celebrate the work of everyone across campuses.

BSU stated that, “There was a phenomenal response, with 630 nominations submitted across all awards categories for amazing people at the University of Brighton. It’s simply brilliant that this many people have nominated somebody that they think are fantastic!”.
The winner’s will be announced on the Tuesday, 16th May at the award ceremony being held at Komedia, Brighton.
Well done and good luck Helen and The Midwifery Society!!

Podiatry graduate Kerry Brown wins College of Podiatry award!

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University of Brighton BSc Podiatry graduate Kerry Brown has won the inaugural College of Podiatry End of Year Report award for 2016.  This national competition is for all final year students and seeks to reward the best research report across the UK.

Her work ‘Does foot posture influence forefoot plantar pressures when conducting a single leg heel raise test? A quantitative prospective research study’, was supervised by Dr Beverley Durrant, lecturer in the university’s School of Health Sciences.

Fellow alumni Harriet Goodfellow and Penny Raeside worked with Kerry on data gathering. The work demonstrated that plantar pressures during a single heel raise are influenced by foot posture.

A single leg heel raise is a common clinical test for tendon disorders in the leg and this lays the foundation for further work to establish the relationship between forefoot loading patterns and tendon dysfunction.

Kerry, awarded a BSc(Hons) Podiatry last year, said: “I am extremely honoured to be the first recipient of this award, and thank the College of Podiatry for showcasing the value of undergraduate research skills in our development as competent clinicians. I’d also like to thank Dr Durrant and the whole Podiatry staff team for their excellent teaching and support on the final year project and indeed throughout our degree.”

Kerry’s work is scheduled to be published in the peer-reviewed journal Podiatry Now, in May.

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If you are interested in a rewarding career in podiatry, then please have a look at our BSc Podiatry, MSc Podiatry Pre-Reg and Msc Podiatry Courses.

Ranked 3rd for Health Professionals in the Guardian University Guide 2017,  we look forward to seeing you soon!

Joanna Woollard wins ‘Clinician of the Year Award’ at the Oscars!

Pardon the pun – but University of Brighton Podiatry students are literally ‘one foot ahead of the rest!’…

It’s not every day that you can say that you have been to the Oscars, picked up your very own award and rubbed shoulders with Olympic hurdles silver medallist and former world champion Colin Jackson CBE!

However Joanna Woollard, University of Brighton 2016 graduate Masters in Podiatry with Diabetes did just that, when she was awarded ‘Clinician of Year Award’ at the recent Annual 2017 Royal Free Foundation Trust event.

From left to right: Robin Woolfson, Divisional Director of Transplant and Specialist Services, Colin Jackson CBE, Joanna, and Dominic Dodd, Trust Chairman.

The Trust gives its own ‘Oscars’ to recognise “individuals, teams or services that have made an exceptional contribution to the trust and an outstanding difference to the care and wellbeing of our patients, their carers or our staff”.

Joanna, who has returned to the university to give guest lectures, said: “I started thinking about podiatry as a possible career after it was recommended to me by a tutor at college. I was looking at ways of getting into healthcare and he said that it was an interesting, growing specialty that needed more people to take it up.

“He was right. Since finishing my undergraduate degree I’ve progressed fairly quickly in my career and there is a lot of funding for education and development, which has allowed me to do a Masters in podiatry.

“In podiatry you have to build experience in the community before you get a job in a hospital, so after leaving university I worked as a community podiatrist in Greenwich before joining the Royal Free as a vascular podiatrist in 2012.

“It’s a great team to be part of. Among the wound care, vascular and infectious diseases teams everyone is an equal partner. Every therapist, nurse, medic works really well together, so it’s a nice environment. That’s not something you get everywhere.”

Joanna said of her Masters course: “I loved it. I made some really good friends there and it was such a great course. I always recommend it to my students – it was a very good, sensible, clinical-focussed Msc.”

If you are interested in studying a health course where you can really make an impact to other people’s lives and open up numerous and interesting career opportunities, then study Podiatry today.  For further information and to ‘take that first step’, visit here.

Postgraduate student prize

The postgraduate prize has been awarded for the second consecutive year to a student graduating from the Advanced Nurse Practitioner MSc. WENDY BRAMPTON, a nurse-sonographer working at theAdvanced Nurse Practitioner MSc overcame adversity to achieve a distinction in her dissertation. Wendy’s thesis developed a protocol for care of women with Caesarean Scar Pregnancy; a rare but life-threatening condition that she diagnoses as part of her Advanced Nurse Practitioner role.

General practice nursing star awards

Five of our recent Introduction to General Practice Nursing students were awarded the ‘Living our Values’ award at the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) star awards night in late June. The students are HELEN GRIGOR (Judges Close Surgery), HOLLY VIVIAN (Moatfield Road Surgery), SARAH MCGARRY (Langley Corner Surgery), CHLOE CHAMBERS (Cuckfield Surgery), LISA DAVIS (Southwater Surgery). Continue reading

Award for the most entrepreneurial service

The University of Brighton enterprise programme beepurple recently gave away £10,000 of prizes to entrepreneurial graduates and one of our Occupational Therapy alumni Alice McGarvie received an award for the most entrepreneurial service. Continue reading

Student successes

A Santander ‘Volunteering and Community Engagement Award’ and £500 were given to Physiotherapy student LUKE MORRISON, now in his third year. The award was for Luke’s volunteering as a second year student through active Student in the ‘Gig Buddy’ scheme co-ordinated by the local charity ‘Stay Up Late.’ Luke shared his experiences at an award winners lunch with the Managing director of Santander Universities, Robin Foale. Luke says: ‘my time volunteering has greatly developed my communication and organisational skills, influencing my day-to-day life and my clinical physiotherapy practice.’

ALICE MACGARVIE, an Occupational Therapy MSc alumni, has received a Beepurple award for most entrepreneurial service. Alice uses harp playing therapeutically and plans to use the award money ‘to take ..harps to nursing homes, where we could set up a harp orchestra… I would also like to do the same for Learning Disability homes, but see scope for other client groups… I would like to set up a social enterprise.’

Staff successes

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Professor ANN MOORE

Professor ANN MOORE was awarded a CBE for services to physiotherapy. Ann retired from the School of Health Sciences (formerly School of Health Professions) last year. She is currently Emeritus Professor with the University of Brighton. She has been research lead for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy since December 2007.

Ann has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has regularly presented invited papers and keynote addresses at both national and international conferences. Continue reading

Congratulations to Ann Moore, CBE

I am delighted that Professor Ann Moore was awarded a CBE for services to  physiotherapy. Ann retired from the School of Health Sciences (formerly School of Health Professions) last year. She is currently Emeritus Professor with the University of Brighton. Ann was Chair of the National Association for Educators in Practice (NAEP) from 2007 to 2012 and is now President of NAEP. She has been research lead for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy since December 2007 on a one day per week secondment. Ann has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and has regularly presented invited papers and keynote addresses at both national and international conferences.

Many congratulations to Ann.

Best wishes,

Paula Kersten, Head of School