Friday, 18 May 2018

International visit by one of our students

One of our second year BSc nursing students Yusupha Fatty has had a clinical placement with the Medical Research Council (Gambia) for his alternative practice placement.
Yusupha said:

‘It has been a great experience and also gave me the opportunity to see and compare the health care system in Gambia to that of the UK. I was able to work in different clinics and interact with patients and staff’.


International placements are available to all second year SHSW students as a part of their two week ‘alternative practice’ experiences.

We strongly encourage international placements, as they help our UoH students to develop a cultural, clinical and personal awareness of healthcare across the globe. This year, students have had placements across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia. We are currently working on placements in America for our sports scientists.

Our SHSW international coordinator – Julie McDonald will be meeting our year 2 cohort of students in September to discuss these international opportunities.

Further GCRF funding for Prof Liz Walker

Professor Liz Walker has successfully obtained further GCRF funding, with Dr Elsbeth Robson (PI), School of Environmental Sciences, University and Dr Mayeso Lazaro, University of Malawi Chancellor College to undertake a scoping study of hospital patient guardians in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Lazaro will undertake some initial stakeholder interviews in Malawi and will visit Hull in July.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Award for Faculty member of staff

Sheila 2nd from left
Dr Sheila Hardy who is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Health and Social Work received a prestigious RCN Award of Merit at the RCN Congress Opening Ceremony in Belfast last week. The award was in recognition of her work on physical health and mental illness with the RCN Mental Health Forum.

It started with a tweet...

Mary Dearing writes:

Earlier this year Jane Wray was contacted via Twitter by Hull and East Yorkshire Probation Service. Each year all Probation Services nationally are required to obtain feedback on their service from those who access it. From their experience, although the survey is intended to be anonymous, many of their service users have difficulties with literacy, learning difficulties or a learning disability. It was therefore agreed that as an Alternative Practice experience year 2, student nurses (learning disability) would be given the opportunity to work on making the survey more accessible by making it easy read. Four students took up this opportunity (Zoe Graham, Jassmine Hillson, Amelia Johnson and Katie Taylor). The students spent their Alternative Practice week working on the project supervised by year 3 student Andy Croft who had previously been nominated for a Hull Daily Mail award for developing an accessible information handbook for prisoners to have on arrival to prison.

At the end of the week the students presented their work to Sonja Harrison, Senior Probation Officer with some recommendations for implementation. The next stage will be for the Probation Service to pilot the survey with their service users, it will then be presented to a national board and if accepted, could be rolled out nationally.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

National Operating Department Practitioners’ day (#ODPday): What an amazing day we had!!

We were out in force on Monday 14 May for the first ever National ODP day and a great day was had by all. ODPs, student ODPs and ODP Lecturers all proudly promoting our profession on campus at University of Hull, along with at St. Stephens shopping centre in the city centre.

The awareness of the ODP profession went wild on social media throughout the day, bringing together ODPs from across the UK and those who have moved internationally.

There was outstanding support from national companies and the public we met at the shopping centre, which created a most enjoyable and enthusiastic day for us all!

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to all who supported us…roll on next year!

If you would like to read more about ODPs reads this and this and this!

Natalie Teal

Monday, 14 May 2018

Hull student at Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service

Sarah Habergham, year 3 student learning disability nurse, was selected by Head of School Deborah Robinson to represent the School of Health and Social Work at the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service in London on 9th May 2018.  This was in recognition of her hard work designing the logo and crafting batons for Positive Choices (the annual UK and Ireland student learning disability nursing conference) in Hull 2017.  Here she gives an outline of her day:

Turkish lantern possibly carried by
Florence Nightingale
I enjoyed the train journey, watching people and guessing where they worked/what/who was taking them to London (what a luxury to be able to do that)!  Arriving at Kings Cross I topped up my Oyster card and jumped on the tube.  I crossed Westminster Bridge giving thought to the people who lost their lives there in March of last year. Looked at the Houses of Parliament, as it was a nice day, took the opportunity to walk along the south bank and enjoy the gardens at St Thomas'.

I made my way through the hospital to the hall where I was greeted by Professor Ian Peate OBE, chatted to him about learning disability nursing, my dissertation, the City of Culture. Saw some student nurses so naturally I got speaking to them. Coffee and pastries ... then we were put into groups around tables and had two hours to ask the panel questions around topics including the impact of the Nursing Associate role on Registered Nurses, parity of esteem, withdrawal of the NHS Bursary, how to recruit students on to undergraduate Programmes, the future of the NHS, percentage of male nurses. I anticipated I would have to 'shoe horn' learning disability nursing in at every given moment but I didn't need to! It was at the forefront as much as other fields which was so refreshing.

After a buffet lunch we went around the hospital looking at the Florence Nightingale statue, the chapel, went to the museum then tea arrived.

Westminster Abbey seemed unreal, there was a lot of security, we were informed a princess would be arriving. We went to see the nurses' chapel in the Abbey which is situated above so we could peer down and see from a different angle which was amazing. There were lots of nurses in their uniforms and military too. The service started with the choir - which resonated around the Abbey, it was really quite spectacular, a bit 'goose bumpy'. The whole of the service was awe inspiring, the stories told and the emphasis put on how important student nurses are was more than any compliment ever given.

The bells rang at the end of the service, the student nurses walked down the centre of the Abbey, with people either side smiling at us - I felt a bit famous!  The whole day was amazing from start to finish, I felt I was part of a community, a community of nurses all speaking the same language, the language of kindness. I realised we are all nurses with different specialities, there's no such thing as a 'proper' nurse.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

More GCRF funding for Hull


Professor Liz Walker has successfully obtained GCRF funding (£30,000) with Prof Monica Magadi, Dr Rosemary Wall (PIs), Dr Nicholas Evans and Dr Elsbeth Robson for a project researching the role of culture and global civil society in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project will include a stakeholder engagement workshop in Kenya and a two day workshop at Hull, in July, with a number of overseas collaborators to work on a joint grant application and international networking to facilitate engagement with key international players (e.g. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF).