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!!

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.

Graduation congratulations from the Head of Health Sciences

I attended my first Brighton graduation yesterday and was hugely inspired seeing our new graduates come across the podium to receive their awards. I would like to congratulate all the students who successfully passed their degrees and extend a huge thanks to the academic and professional services staff who have supported them along the way. The speeches during the event were excellent and it was particularly fitting for Sarah Brown to be awarded an honorary doctorate during our ceremony. As you probably know, Sarah founded a global charity Theirworld which is committed to scientific and community research to help the most vulnerable children have the best start in life and the greatest opportunity to realise their potential (http://www.theirworld.org/).

Congratulations also go to three of our own staff who received awards at the ceremony. Sarah Lewis-Tulett, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Midwifery, was awarded an MSc Health. Channine Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, received the prestigious Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award. David Haines, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Course Leader for BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy, was awarded a PhD for work entitled: Occupational therapy supporting people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities to engage meaningfully in activities at home.

Victoria Rajkovic-Kimber received the Queen¹s Nursing Institute Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize for Outstanding achievement as a District Nursing student.

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences

Congratulations to our MS team on winning a national award

Congratulation to The Multiple Sclerosis Aqua Research Team (MSART), comprising a team of academics (Raija Kuisma, Sarah Jane Ryan, Kishore Garikipati) and physiotherapy students from the university¹s School of Health Sciences and clinicians from the Burrswood Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, who saw off competition from teams around the country to win the Evidence in Practice category of the Quality of Delivery of Service in Multiple Sclerosis Awards.

Read the full article here –

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/news/2015/11-25-national-success-for-ms-team.aspx

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences