Friday, 23 June 2017

Julie Jomeen at International Congress of Midwives in Toronto

Dean Professor Julie Jomeen has just returned from the ICM in Toronto; two papers were jointly authiored with Catriona Jones

Hull PhD student  Mari Greenfield
Julie with Dr Mariatha Yazbek from University of Pretoria
Julie with Dr Elaine Jefford from
SCU, Australia 

House of Commons Armed Forces Day

Pictures from Lt Col Dr Janet Kelly QARANC and Dr Jacqui White who attended

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New book with chapter by Julie Jomeen

Psychosocial Resilience and Risk in the Perinatal Period: Implications and Guidance for Professionals

Edited by Gill Thomson, University of Central Lancashire,
UK and Virginia Schmied, University of Western Sydney,

Drawing on psychosocial perspectives, this book considers the underlying risk factors that create situations of vulnerability and marginalisation for mothers, from their baby‘s conception up to a year after birth. It identifies the protective factors - whether at an individual, family, community or service level – that can mitigate against adverse outcomes and it highlights promising evidence-based interventions. With its focus on social and cultural diversity as well as complex needs, this is an excellent overview for students and practitioners alike, featuring the latest research findings, illustrations of exemplary care, and emphasis on implications for practice.

Foreword by Soo Downe
1. Introducing the s and focus Virginia Schmied and Gill Thomson
2. Women with a diagnosed mental health problem Julie Jomeen, Susan E. Fleming and Colin R. Martin
3. Asylum seekers and refugees. A cross European perspective Marie-Clare Balaam, Mel Cooper, Dineke Korfker and Charles Savona-Ventura
4. Working with Indigenous families Donna Hartz and Leona McGrath
5. Lesbian women becoming mothers Brenda Hayman
6. Women with a disability, transition to motherhood and the self Denise Lawler
7. Domestic and family violence Angela Taft and Leesa Hooker
8. Maternal substance use in the perinatal period Lucinda Burns, Victoria Coleman-Cowger and Courtney Breen
9. Women who are incarcerated Cathrine Fowler and Chris Rossiter
10. Giving birth earlier than expected. Mothers whose newborn requires neonatal intensive care Nancy Feeley
11. The ripple effects of a traumatic birth. Risk, impact and implications for practice Gill Thomson, Cheryl Beck and Susan Ayers
12. Reproductive loss and grief Hannah Dahlen
13. Resilience and sustainability amongst maternity care providers Susan Crowther
14. Interprofessional collaboration. A crucial component of support for women and families in the perinatal period Kim Psaila and Virginia Schmied
15. Drawing the threads together Gill Thomson and Virginia Schmied

Good news from Uganda

Nicki Credland writes:

During a visit to Mburara in Uganda in March 2014 I met a “nurse” named Harriet. She was extremely bright but with no formal training. She was the only nurse on the intensive care unit overnight to care for 8 patients. She wanted to do her nurse training at the nearby Mburara University of Science and Technology but could not afford the fees. She made such an impression on me that, on my return to the UK, I decided to undertake a number of fundraising ventures to pay the £3000 fees for her.

With the help of the Lions, British Association of Critical Care, coffee mornings, a “Sober for October” sponsored event and other donations the fees were raised and Harriet started her training in September 2014.

Harriet has just qualified. We have kept in tough throughout her training and in a recent email she said that completing her nurse training had “changed her life”.

I would like to extend a massive thank you to all those who helped with this venture. Both Harriet and myself are hugely grateful.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Consensus guidelines on disease modificatoin trials in dementia

Esme Moniz-Cook has co-authored:

Lucy Webster, Derek Groskreutz, Anna Grinbergs-Saull, Rob Howard, John T O’Brien, Gail Mountain, Sube Banerjee, Bob Woods, Robert Perneczky, Louise Lafortune, Charlotte Roberts, Jenny McCleery, James Pickett, Frances Bunn, David Challis, Georgina Charlesworth, Katie Featherstone, Chris Fox, Claire Goodman, Roy Jones, Sallie Lamb, Esme Moniz-Cook, Justine Schneider, Sasha Shepperd, Claire Surr, Jo Thompson-Coon, Clive Ballard, Carol Brayne, Orlaith Burke, Alistair Burns, Linda Clare, Peter Garrard, Patrick Kehoe, Peter Passmore, Clive Holmes, Ian Maidment, Fliss Murtagh, Louise Robinson and Gill Livingston (2017) Development of a core outcome set for disease modification trials in mild to moderate dementia: a systematic review, patient and public consultation and consensus recommendations HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT VOLUME 21 ISSUE 26 ISSN 1366-5278

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Q community is growing!

Lizzie Ette, Lecturer in Nursing, The University of Hull

You may have heard of Q – it is an initiative being led by the Health Foundation in partnership with NHS Improvement. 

Through Q, people who have improvement expertise are coming together to form a community – sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better. I successfully applied to join the community. I needed to demonstrate knowledge in, experience of and commitment to collaborative improvement. I will be joining 1,352 others from across the UK – including those at the frontline of care, managers, researchers, commissioners, policymakers and more.

It is hoped that by bringing together such a broad range of people working in health and care improvement, Q can be a vibrant source of innovation and practical problem solving for the system as a whole. Over the coming months, I’ll be getting involved in different ways to connect, share and collaborate on improvement challenges with others in the community. I will keep you in the loop about the different things I learn through Q and the connections I make. There will be more opportunities for others to join. To find out more I recommend visiting the Q website.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Sarah Sellers; My day at the Florence Nightingale Foundation Student day (17 May 2017)

My day started very early! A taxi took me to the station at 05.50am and I was on the 06.26 train to London, finally my exciting day had arrived. I arrived in London at around 09.30 and took the tube to Westminster. When I arrived, I walked over Westminster Bridge and immediately saw St Thomas hospital, which sits on the river Thames. I found my way around the hospital, and could not believe it. The hospital was so grand and modern, it even had a Marks and Spencer’s and a hairdressers!!

I made my way to the meeting room and found around 100 other student nurses and midwives from around the UK and Ireland; I felt very privileged to be there. The day started with a question and answer panel session with some of the leading figures in nursing and midwifery today. There was no topic and a free discussion (and heated debated!) ensued. The questions were thought provoking and the answers were honest and really helped me to think of my role as a soon to be midwife, and as a wider part of the NHS. The details of the discussion are confidential, however the main thing that I have taken away, is a realisation that “we are all the NHS”. It helped me to view my role as a student midwife as an important one, and also that everyone has a role to play in achieving the common goal of helping others. It highlighted to me that the NHS could possibly be the largest example of multi-disciplinary team working in the world…wow!!

After the discussion and a spot of lunch, we met with some retired nurses who were trained at the Nurse training school that Florence Nightingale set up. They were inspiring and very enthusiastic about nursing and midwifery. They took us on a tour of the hospital and around the Florence Nightingale museum which was amazing. I saw Florence’s famous lamp!

Then it was time to change into uniform and walk over to Westminster Abbey. At the abbey, I managed to get a front row seat! I was in a very privileged position to see lots of important figures. Some stand out attendees were Princess Alexandra, Robert Francis (Francis Report) and Jane Cummings (Chief Nurse for England). I felt a little emotional during the service, as many others did, to see around 2000 nurses and midwives in uniform celebrating our wonderful profession. The service was lovely and it was great to have some quiet reflective time in the small nurse’s chapel in the Abbey to reflect on my midwifery training. However, after the service there was no time to hang around, I had a train to catch! I made it back to Kings Cross on time and caught the train home. The journey home was very relaxing, and I would like to again that every midwifery lecturer who provided me with the means to travel first class home. A big comfy chair and a hot meal was exactly what I needed after my long and amazing day.

I would like to express my thanks again to the staff who nominated me to attend. It was an enormous honour to represent midwives and nurses from our area at this prestigious event.