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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Lucina – our very special delivery has arrived

After months of anticipation, we are pleased to announce the arrival of Lucina, the School of Health Science’s very own birthing mannequin.

Lucina birthing simulator mannequin

Lucina offers the latest teaching technology for our midwifery students in the form of our new wireless childbirth simulator. The maternal fetal simulator can generate mum’s and baby’s vital signs and can even simulate birthing contractions!

Lucina, the Maternal Fetal Simulator was developed by CAE Healthcare in partnership with maternal-fetal clinical educators in the United States and biomedical engineers at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica at the University of Porto in Portugal.

Lucina birthing simulator mannequin

As part of their training, Lucina offers our Midwifery student’s hands on experience as Lucina can simulate all stages of delivery, including rare emergency scenarios.

Sarah Lewis-Tulett, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, said: “The midwifery team is very excited about the arrival of Lucina. This allows realistic simulation for our students and enables them to practice their skills on a woman and her baby, in a convincing and safe environment.”

Lucina will also be used by our nursing students for their simulations and by our physiotherapy students as part of their course.

Watch this space for further updates on Lucina.

For more information our school and our midwifery courses, go to: http://bit.ly/UoBHealth

 

 

 

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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Falmer, Brighton Open Day

If you are interested in Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health, or Paramedic practice, we would love to talk to you about why you should ‘Choose University of Brighton’.

The Falmer open day will be held on the Saturday 1 July 2017, 9am to 5pm.
To find out more, see the timetable and book your place now!


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Eastbourne, Darley Road Open Day

If you are interested in Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, we would love to talk to you about why you should ‘Choose University of Brighton’ and why Eastbourne is such a great place to be.

The Eastbourne open day will be held on the Saturday 8 July 2017, 9am to 4pm.
To find out more, see the timetable and book your place now!

 

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.

Old lady holding old photo

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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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!!

Are going to taster days worth it? What about one in podiatry?!

Last Thursday, a group of 6th form students from West Sussex, visited University of Brighton Leaf Hospital for a taster day to understand what Podiatry is and whether it is something that they would consider as a career.

So what is Podiatry?

It would appear that the common understanding of podiatry is that it’s all about ‘treating ingrown toe nails and bunions’.

However judging by some of the feedback below, the 6th form student reactions were positively fantastic, and suggests that there is more to this subject than meets the eye!

“I’ll be honest saying it’s the best taster I have done so far. The content was well chosen, as well as the subject discussed. I loved the clinical part, such a great experience that I will share with my peers. Your students make a big difference compared to the students I have met in the past. Thank you all”.

“I heard about Podiatry before but I had little knowledge about it actually. It’s actually better than I thought it was, the sessions were pretty good”.

 “I like the idea of studying this course and the sessions have made me want to explore this further”

Split into two groups, the 6th form group took part in a number of interactive sessions to see first-hand and gain a flavour of what ‘is’ involved in podiatry.

Shadowing clinical sessions

First on the list was the University of Brighton Leaf Hospital NHS clinic. As the group went round the clinic and shadowed the 3rd year podiatry students, there were clear reactions of surprise that real life NHS patients were being treated.

They were told that University of Brighton students that study a podiatry degree have numerous ‘in-house clinical placement’ opportunities at Leaf Hospital to ‘practice what they learn’,  plus they get to undertake a further two x 3 week placements held externally at NHS Trusts. With this level of experience, it comes as no surprise that the University of Brighton are seen by many, as being ‘leaders in the field of podiatry’!

The opportunity to have an in-house facility such as the Leaf Hospital is unique to University of Brighton. It ensures that podiatry students gain hands-on experience very early in their first year, whilst being supported by the close knit team of teaching staff that are always on hand to give their advice and guidance.

In fact, students on the podiatry course will accumulate 1,000 hours of clinical practice giving essential experience of working with NHS patients and manage their own caseload before they quality as a podiatrist!

As the 6th form group went round clinic, it was obvious that for the many patients being treated, they were more than happy for the podiatry students to practice what they have learnt. They were happy to chat and were full of praise about the levels of care and professionalism that they were receiving from the University’s podiatry students.

So ‘is’ podiatry all about ‘treating ingrown toe nails and bunions’?

Well it certainly is about some of that, but actually podiatrists are specialist health professionals who care for all kinds of patients with foot and lower limb complaints.  They help patients maintain their health and wellbeing through a variety of podiatric treatment, including minor surgery, orthotics, exercise and education.

A lot of the students commented that they were surprised at the wide range of ages and conditions of people being treated; from young children with foot development issues, to those with diabetes, to older people that may have circulation or arthritic conditions.

“I feel I have a lot better understanding of the podiatry course and I really enjoyed talking to the students about their course and opportunities within the course”.

Anatomy session

Students were then taken to the Anatomy Lab to have a closer look at the anatomy. There was ample opportunity to ask a number of questions to develop their knowledge and understanding of the human body.  For many who have studied biology, and who are interested in a career in health, it was an ideal opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the lower limbs, anatomy and physiology.

“The day gave a good insight into an area where the students and I knew nothing of. Every session was paced correctly. Seeing the anatomy lab was excellent”.

Personal statement – advice and guidance session

The third session helped guide students through the UCAS application process, and help them identify what admissions tutors are looking for when they are looking at applications.

With guidance, students were able to look at their best qualities and skillset to identify how these skills can be best demonstrated in their personal statements. With this advice and guidance the students then worked through a personal statement workshop.

“I loved the help with the personal statement and how to apply, as this has never been explained before”.

Interactive practical session

The day ended with a fun, interactive, practical session by Graeme Hadlow, University of Brighton Podiatry Graduate and current Podiatry practitioner, who specialises in ‘Musculoskeletal’ areas such as joints, bones, tendons and nerves.  He gave a general overview of podiatry and how podiatrists play a crucial role in caring for those with foot and lower limb complaints.

With a few brave students taking their shoes and socks off to bare their feet for others to observe; students had the opportunity to carry out a couple of assessments, discuss symptoms, their effects and treatment!

The impact of the podiatrist to the patient’s wellbeing

What seemed to strike a few of the students was the impact that podiatrists had on a patient’s over all wellbeing, incorporating emotional, physical, and practical considerations.

Where patients may have underlying and complicated health issues, in extreme cases this can lead to severe pain, infection, circulation issues and lack of mobility. This lack of mobility can lead to lack of independence, low self-confidence and self-esteem, depression, and in some cases these issues can lead to loss of employment and therefore detrimental financial implications.

Discussion was had around this and the impact that podiatrists have on their patient’s lives in helping prevent the above. They are there to treat the conditions, manage the pain, provide advice and with their empathetic approach help patients feel secure and cared for.

So what are the career prospects for graduate podiatrists?

With an ever increasing demand for podiatrists, which is partly due to an emphasis on health and fitness, an ageing population, and an increase of chronic diseases such as diabetes, there are plenty of opportunities for graduate podiatrists once they graduate. With opportunities within the NHS and in the private sector, there are lots of options to study further, specialise in certain areas, and set up their own business! For further information check out the Careers in Podiatry website here.

So is it ‘one foot at a time’ or ‘leaps ahead’ for our 6th form students?

From the feedback given, the 6th form students all agreed that prior to the taster day  they did not about podiatry.

However, all of those that had responded had strongly agreed that the taster day had given them a good understanding of podiatry, with over 50% saying that they would consider studying podiatry at University!

So to summarise – if you are a naturally caring person, thinking about going to University and studying a professional career in health science, why not consider podiatry? The opportunities are there – it’s upto you to grab them!

For further information on our degree in podiatry and how to apply click here.

If you are interested in attending one of our podiatry taster sessions contact Vicky Johnson by e-mail on V.Johnson3@brighton.ac.uk.

 

The Man with Nothing

Football is helping refugees cope with the misery of camp life in Dunkirk, according to University of Brighton graduate Daniel Mansaray who spent time living with one refugee in his wooden shack.

Daniel has written a blog telling how the refugee Zayran (not his real name) fled his native Iraq after being attacked by terrorists for refusing to become a suicide bomber.

Daniel, who graduated last year with a BA(Hons) in Physiotherapy, wrote: “Refugees have been through unimaginable pain and suffering and activities like football can be used as an outlet for them. Zayran, for example, had little to no interest in football and yet it was evident it had a strong impact on him. Understandably, football will always have its limitations as to how much it can influence someone. But as long as it is having some sort of influence, no matter how big or small then it is invaluable.”

Zayran said: “When I go to football my body and mind feel happy and free. All refugees are sad. Football is like peace. When refugees play football they are happy.”

A short non-fictional story about a refugee that i lived with.

Read Daniel’s account ‘The man with Nothing – Freedom’

Source: The Man with Nothing – Freedom

Students can join the Olympic gold rush

The Rio Olympic Games have shown that not only has Great Britain has some of the best athletes in the world but also how students can take up top careers to help achieve more to medal successes.

They include: head of performance, head of sports nutrition performance analysis, physiotherapists, podiatrists, engineers and sports journalists. 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

Japanese Physiotherapy Congress

In May COLIN PATERSON Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, was invited to Japan to provide a Keynote presentation at the Japanese Physiotherapy Congress in Sapporo.  Continue reading