World Congress Physical Therapists (WCPT)

Dr Hazel Horobin (pictured below) attended the World Congress of Physical Therapists (WCPT) held in Cape Town, South Africa last month. She delivered a platform presentation titled ‘A white physiotherapy curriculum?  Interpreting the experience of UK physiotherapy education through the perspective of critical race theory.’ and also a poster finding agency:  the response of indian physiotherapists to a UK delivered masters course. Continue reading

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: Continue reading

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

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

Staff and students make a big impression at IFOMPT conference 2016, Glasgow

Staff and students of the School of Health Sciences were well represented at this 4 yearly conference of international musculoskeletal Physiotherapists. DR COLETTE RIDEHALGH presented work from her collaboration with DR ANNINA SCHMID from the University of Oxford on small diameter nerve fibre testing earning her runner up prize for the best rapid 5 presentation. DR CLAIR HEBRON presented work on students’ understanding of health promotion and knee mobilisations. MATT LOWE, JOHAN HOLTE, GUILLAME CHRISTE, KEVIN HALL and MARY SEXTON all presented their latest research findings from their Masters or PhD programme, with MATT LOWE winning the best poster prize.

Student successes

A Santander ‘Volunteering and Community Engagement Award’ and £500 were given to Physiotherapy student LUKE MORRISON, now in his third year. The award was for Luke’s volunteering as a second year student through active Student in the ‘Gig Buddy’ scheme co-ordinated by the local charity ‘Stay Up Late.’ Luke shared his experiences at an award winners lunch with the Managing director of Santander Universities, Robin Foale. Luke says: ‘my time volunteering has greatly developed my communication and organisational skills, influencing my day-to-day life and my clinical physiotherapy practice.’

ALICE MACGARVIE, an Occupational Therapy MSc alumni, has received a Beepurple award for most entrepreneurial service. Alice uses harp playing therapeutically and plans to use the award money ‘to take ..harps to nursing homes, where we could set up a harp orchestra… I would also like to do the same for Learning Disability homes, but see scope for other client groups… I would like to set up a social enterprise.’

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

Posgraduate courses – periodic reviews

There were several successful periodic reviews on 15th June. Well done to the course teams for MSc degrees in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Health Promotion and International Health Promotion. Professional bodies and external reviewers were complimentary with a number of commendations. The teams had worked well together to promote inter-professional learning, highlight staff and student research and reflect contemporary healthcare locally, nationally and internationally. This review was the second at PG level across the merged School of Health Sciences.

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Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Erasmus Exchanges to Porto, Portugal

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy lecturers recently visited the Instituto Politécnico do Porto in Portugal on an Erasmus funded staff exchange. HAZEL HOROBIN from the School of Health Sciences, taught both undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students over four days taking both seminars and practical classes. The students were keen to understand UK perspectivot-and-pt-erasmus-to-porto-portugales on the physiotherapy management and treatment of chronic lung disease and explore contemporary approaches to pulmonary rehabilitation and differences in terms of approach in relation to both advice and exercise were discussed. Continue reading