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

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!!

Marian’s 100km night time ride to raise money for Women vs Cancer!

When most will be sleeping, on the night of 27th May 2017, University of Brighton, Academic Lead for Community Health, Marian Willmer, will be cycling 100km to raise money for Women Vs. Cancer!

Marian was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015 and shortly after had a succession of surgery, chemotherapy and finally radiotherapy in February 2016. Thankfully she is one of the lucky women to have survived cancer and as a result in her desire to give something back, she has decided to raise money for Women vs Cancer.

The Women V Cancer Ride the Night is a joint initiative that supports three amazing charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

With over 4,000 women taking part, and a target to raise £2 million pounds, the aim of the night is to help raise funds for the three charities, raise awareness and get more women cycling!

To help prepare for the gruelling 100km bike ride, Marian and her biker gal friend are training incredible hard to help raise the money for this fantastic cause!  In Marian’s own words she has said that she is ‘feeling rather nervous about achieving this challenge and needs encouragement through your donations!’.

If you would like to help support Marian and the Women Vs Cancer initiative, please donate today via her justgiving.com page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bikergals.

 

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.

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!

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.

 

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.

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

First National Conference for Occupational Therapists working or interested in diverse settings – 7th September 2016

 

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Channine Clarke and Sarah Mead are currently planning a one day conference / workshop for occupational therapists working in diverse settings. It will take place on Wednesday 7th September 2016 on the Eastbourne site and will include keynote sessions with Dr Jennifer Creek (speaking about her PHD research in this area of practice), Professor Gaynor Sadlo (application of occupational science in diverse practice) and Julia Scott from COT (reflecting on the way forward for OT practice). The day will also include facilitated workshops where OT’s can reflect on how their role can be evidenced against the HCPC standards for registration and explore gaps in research in this area of practice and how they measure outcomes. The day will cost £25.

 

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