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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Visit us 13th April to see PARO the robotic responsive seal with therapeutic benefits!

The public is being invited to view a robotic baby seal that is bringing therapeutic benefits to people with dementia and learning difficulties.

The furry Harp seal ‘PARO’, which responds to touch and speech, was invented by Professor Takanori Shibata from Japan and is being researched by Dr Penny Dodds, Nurse Lecturer Practitioner with the University of Brighton’s School of Health Sciences. She is exploring the introduction of PARO to dementia care within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Shibata will be attending the open event at Room 129, Mayfield House on the university’s Falmer Campus, Brighton, between 9am and 4.30pm on Thursday (13 April).

Also attending will be Professor James Barilla, the USA naturalist who has written a book on robots inspired by nature. Dr Dodds will introduce PARO and Age UK representatives will speak on how the robotic seal has been received by day centre visitors.

Don’t miss out – Email P.Dodds@brighton.ac.uk to book your place now.

Contemporary Issues in the health and wellbeing of older people

One of our MSc post-registration modules, Contemporary Issues in the health and wellbeing of older people, now includes two dementia sessions on carers and the use of technology together with a presentation on compassion. These new sessions run alongside previous sessions and presentations from tutors and clinicians on current practice and research. Please contact Tracy Szekely, module leader for further information. T.szekely@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

Staff successes

NIGEL SHERIFF was an invited speaker for a Public Health Wales seminar to discuss the EC Health4LGBTI project on 22nd July. The Seminar aimed to :

  • Raise awareness and understanding of LGBT health
  • Learn more about the present and evolving evidence related to LGBT health
  • Identify priorities for both future research and future practice

As part of this Nigel spoke about ‘Improving Health Within The LGBT Community’. Continue reading

Books published by Centre for Health Research (CHR) staff

JON WRIGHT, GAYNOR SADLO

Flow Experience – Empirical Research and Applications

Editors: Harmat, L., Ørsted Andersen, F., Ullén, F., Wright, J., Sadlo, G. (Eds.)

Flow ExperienceThis volume provides updates and informs the reader about the development of the current empirical research on the flow experience. It opens up some new research questions at the frontiers of the field. The book offers an overview on the latest findings in flow research in several fields such as social psychology, neuropsychology, performing arts and sport, education, work and everyday experiences. It integrates the latest knowledge on experimental studies of optimal experience with the theoretical foundation of psychological flow that was laid down in the last decades.

NATALIE EDELMAN (Senior Research Fellow) will be writing a book chapter in ‘Handbook of ethics in critical research: stories from the field’.

Natalie Edelman

The book will be published by Palgrave publishers in 2017.

Natalie also had a poster presentation accepted for the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV conference, in Oxford from 9-12 July.

Resilience Workshop – Occupational Therapy

Two SHS occupational therapy lecturers delivered a lively workshop entitled ‘Resilience for ourselves and our clients’ to approximately 50 occupational therapists at their South East regional study day at the College of Occupational Therapists headquarters in London on 13th July. Continue reading

Research paper published in British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Dr Josh Cameron has had a research paper published in May’s edition of BJOT. Please see link below:

Return-to-work support for employees with mental health problems: Identifying and responding to key challenges of sick leave

Josh Cameron, Gaynor Sadlo, Angie Hart, and Carl Walker

Research sabbatical

Dr Josh Cameron, Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy has been successful in his application for a University research sabbatical. This will begin in November 2016 and finish 6 months later at the end of April 2017. He is committed to using the bulk of this time to analyse and write up findings from the Imagine Project which explores how Community-University Partnerships can build individual and collective resilience for vulnerable/disadvantaged people. This includes the Sussex Recovery College collaboration he has been involved in with Sussex Partnership Trust Occupational Therapists and Peer Trainers. As a result he has decided that this is an appropriate time to step down from the course leader role of the MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) course. A new course leader will be appointed in the near future.

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 – July 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

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

Department of Health visit

HELEN WALKER, Deputy Director, Equity and Community Development, Department of Health (DoH) visited on 17th June. The visit was co-hosted by School of Health Science (SHS) researchers and colleagues from Sussex Recovery College with a focus on resilience. This included the Building Resilience and Wellness Recovery course and resilience projects linked to boingboing resilience research and practice network.

www.boingboing.org.uk and the Economic and Social Research Council funded Imagine Project.