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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Podiatry success: from student to Senior Lecturer at 25 years old

At only 25, our very own University of Brighton, BSc (Hon) Podiatry graduate, Dao Tunprasert has been promoted to Senior Lecturer and for anyone who knows her; this is so well deserved! Continue reading

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.

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

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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Student and Staff successes – May 2016

Amanda BLABER has been made an Honorary Fellow of the College of Paramedics.

One of our Yr3 students in Physio, Florence ECCLESON, did a fantastic job running 2 workshops with Angela GLYNN and Julia MONTGOMERY (BSMS) to highlight the IP compassion research that we have been doing. Great to see that Jacqueline Joyce who was the HEKSS lead commissioning the original compassion work tweeted specifically about Florence! https://twitter.com/Jacquelin_Joyce/status/725646602564685825

Carol WILLIAMS (Public Health Nutritionist and Snr Lecturer Health Promotion & Public Health) co-led an experiential group work session on using photos in food research with colleagues from the Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network (BSUFN) as part of Workshop on ‘Using the Creative Arts Methods to Improve Research and Dialogue on Food’, a joint BSUFN, Food Research Collaboration and Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience project at City University, on May 11th.

Natalie EDELMAN presented a poster at the International Union Against STIs world congress in Marrakech.

Charlotte RAMAGE won the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Facilitating and Empowering Learning Awards 2016.

Theo FOTIS recently participated in an International Panel on behalf of the Na-tional Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia, where we reviewed the BSc Nursing at the Dammam University. He has also been invited at the 12th World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists, WCNA 2016, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from 13-16 May, 2016 to present on Digital Nursing and Digital Health.

Maria BIRCH completed her MRes in Education and presented her education research at the Ottawa and Australia and New Zealand Allied Professions in Higher Education, Perth, Australia.

Bev DURRANT presented her PhD research at the World Podiatry Congress in Canada.

Stewart MORRISON was an invited speaker at Primary Care in Birmingham.

Simon OTTER was an invited speaker at the British Society of Rheumatology.

Rachel FORSS & Dao TUNPRASERT were successful in obtaining internal SHS grant funding. Rachel’s project is ‘Does increased wound exudate viscosity effect the absorption rate of exudate into wound dressings? Dao’s is ‘An exploration with newly-qualified podiatrists surrounding approaches to the assessment and diagnosis of posterior tibial tendon disorder’.

Lucy PITT, Claire COX and Kat THOMAS, three critical care nurses who were previously physical assessment and ICU module students, reported on the volunteer work they did with refugees in Greece. Lucy specifically highlighted the Physical Assessment Module as very useful for this type of volunteering. Read the full article here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/news/2016/05-23-brighton-nurses-answer-cries-for-help.aspx