Podiatry graduate to NHS Chief Executive

Siobhan Melia, awarded a degree in podiatry by the University of Brighton 21 years ago spoke to health care graduates at the university’s summer awards ceremony at the Brighton Centre last week, on Wednesday 26 July.

The Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said she is humbled every day by her colleagues’ strive to go “above and beyond” for patients.

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School welcomes Professor Kate Galvin

The School of Health Sciences is pleased to welcome Professor Kate Galvin, she has provided a summary of her work as follows

The core focus of my work concerns theory for nursing and for caring more generally. This is a programme of activity which aims to move through the chain of theory generation, to empirical work, through to practice application and impact evaluation. The major part of my work has been developing new theory and evidence, based in phenomenological study, for use in practice. This has resulted in new contributions to theoretical perspectives on well-being, on suffering, on dignity and on caring practice, through the use of phenomenological philosophy in developing directional knowledge for practice: lifeworld led care.

An additional interest and contribution concerns health humanities, bringing the arts and humanities into health care arena. One example novel approach to qualitative research that is cross disciplinary, working with leading international scholars to explore poetic enquiry, this has culminated in an invited conference paper, published papers, special issue of Creative Approaches to Research Journal and Indo Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, two book chapters and a co-edited book with international scholars: Poetic Inquiry II, published by Sense.

The projects that have developed from this focus concern a multisite evaluation of a new theoretical framework in practice (funded by Burdett Trust for Nursing: The Development of a Transferable Leadership Strategy for improving what matters to older people)), novel applications in practice (Humanising Dementia Care project, Somerset NHS; and a five university collaboration with research council grant funding (New Dynamics of Ageing Cross Research Councils UK), with my contribution taking a specific focus on the meaning of mobility for older people.

Key publications:

Galvin, KT. & Todres L (2014) Dignity as ‘Honour-Wound’: An Experiential and Relational View Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Special Edition: Philosophy. Doi:10.1111/jep.12278.

Todres, L, Galvin KT, Dahlberg K (2014) Caring for the phenomenon of Insiderness: Phenomenological metasynthesis. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Wellbeing. 9: 21421

Galvin, K.T. & Todres, L. (2011) Kinds of Well-being: A conceptual framework that provides direction for caring. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 6: DOI 10.3402/qhw.v6i4.10362. Special Issue: Caring from European Perspectives, Edited by Karin Dahlberg, 6: 10362 – DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i4.10362

Galvin KT and Todres L (2010): Research based empathic knowledge for nursing: A translational strategy for disseminating phenomenological research findings to provide evidence for caring practice. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48, 522-530. Published Online. DOI:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2010.08.009