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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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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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

Great feedback and a real buzz on the Nursing Career Open Day!

Third year students had a great opportunity to meet potential employers at our recent Nursing Career Day held at the Checkland Building, Falmer site.

With over 16 NHS healthcare trusts and a number of private healthcare providers from local regional areas, it was a great networking opportunity for University of Brighton nursing students, staff and our partnership colleagues.

Helen Stanley, Academic Lead for Nursing for the School of Health Sciences, was incredibly pleased and summarised the day:

“The first Nursing Careers Day was a great success today and it was a great privilege to lead the team in the planning and implementation of this event. We had excellent evaluations from the students and very positive feedback from the 16 trusts and other healthcare providers. They all want to get involved in future events, with positive networking contacts for teaching and placement opportunities.

The nursing students really valued the opportunity to hear about our Preceptorship work and our research on resilience . There was also plenty of opportunity to engage with our University Careers Service who provided advice on interview techniques, top tips for securing posts, CPE/PG and Community educational opportunities.  Students were able to talk to local employers face to face about future careers and preceptorship programmes offered. There was such dedication to attending the event that some students even came in from night duty to attend!

The team all worked really hard to make it such a brilliant day and Adam Edgar, Programme Administrator, was a real star with the admin, parking and all day support.”

It was great to hear the many comments from partners speaking so highly about how our students were incredibly enthusiastic, and how positively engaged they were.

With such fabulous feedback from everyone, we look forward to running the careers day again later in the year.  Further details will follow soon.

Should you be interested in a rewarding career in nursing, then join our winning team today and apply for one of our nursing courses.

 

NH 6170- Operating Theatre Practice module

Op theatre ImageContinuing and Postgraduate Education in Health Sciences (CPGE).

In 2011 a report by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has identified that there are significant challenges regarding the identification and care pathway of high risk surgical patients.

This module has been developed to enable registered nurses, operating department practitioners and midwives working in operating theatre departments to extend and develop their knowledge and skills to provide quality care of the highest standard for patients throughout the perioperative phase.  Continue reading

New Postgraduate Certificate in Education- ‘Transforming professional practice through Education’

 

A new interprofessional Postgraduate Certificate in Education is expected to start In October 2016.  This new programme has been designed to critically develop health professional educator’s knowledge, competence and confidence to a strategic level for their educational role at work, both in practice and academic institutions. The aims of the programme are:

 

  • To enable health professionals to critically develop their competence and confidence in a range of teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation strategies in health, social care and higher education practice settings.
  • To develop the in-depth knowledge and skills of health professionals with an educational role or interest in teaching and learning so that they may design, plan, lead and manage creative, considered, supportive learning experiences which meet the initial and continuing learning needs of individuals working and learning in health, social care and HEI settings.
  • To provide the framework for exposure to exciting and comprehensive experiences in teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation that will achieve the UK Professional Standards framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education requirements.

The course can be taken full time over one academic year or part time over two academic years. Students undertake three modules (20 credits each) and the course is delivered through a blended learning experience with attendance of learning activities and workshops expected at University alongside structured `e` activity.  All applications are reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help.

01273 644644
enquiries@brighton.ac.uk

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

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.