- Double success as UWE nurse and midwife win Student Nursing Times Awards 2013
UWE Bristol-trained nurses have won two out of seventeen categories at the recent Student Nursing Times Awards 2013.
Rachel Pass, who is studying for a BSc honours degree in midwifery at UWE, has won the Nursing Times Student Midwife of the Year award. Alice Bevan, who entered nursing as a postgraduate and gained a Master's degree with distinction at UWE Bristol, has won the accolade of Student Nurse of the Year: Post-registration.
- Could after school dance increase activity levels for Year 7 girls?
Researchers led by principal investigator, Professor Russ Jago in the University of Bristol's School for Policy Studies have been awarded £743,000 of funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to conduct a large evaluation of the potential of an after-school dance programme to increase the physical activity of Year 7 girls. Professor Jane Powell from UWE Bristol is collaborating on the research.
- TEDMEDLive comes to Bristol
Could the quantum computing revolution transform drug development? Are there new approaches for improving sleep? Do people benefit from being diagnosed with early-stage dementia? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the UK's first TEDMEDLive event to be held in Bristol at the MShed on Thursday 18 April.
TEDMEDLive Bristol will bring together some of Bristol and the UK's leading thinkers, researchers and innovators and will be the official launch of Bristol Health Partners. The event aims to inspire and provoke, to share ideas and find ways to transform the understanding of, and approach to, key health problems in Bristol and beyond.
- UWE graduate wins BJN cancer nurse of the year award
Radiology nursing sister Alice Bevan, who gained a Master's degree with distinction at UWE Bristol, has just been named oncology and haematology Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2013. Alice won the top award for setting up a unique service to improve the treatment of cancer patients.
Alice, who entered nursing as a postgraduate and works at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, completed her work based learning project at UWE.
- Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability
Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment conference
This national one-day conference responds to the new opportunities created by the changing policy landscape for cycling in the UK and the challenge of increasing population levels of physical activity.
It brings together professionals, policy makers and academics to explore the interface between research and the radical shifts in policy, culture and 'infrastructure' provision that are required to support the large-scale uptake of cycling for transport and leisure. By drawing on evidence from research and practice, the conference will explore the benefits of cycling for health and sustainability and the role that public health, built environment and sustainability sectors can play in bringing about wholesale change in the cycling culture of the UK.
- Patients with schizophrenia benefit from 'adherence therapy'
More than half of all patients suffering from schizophrenia do not take antipsychotic medication as prescribed, although this is essential for their effective treatment, according to research published today. The main preventable cause of poor symptom control and relapse results from patients not taking their medication as prescribed.
- UWE Bristol event to explore links between religion, spirituality and sexuality
A new book on contemporary religion and sexuality will be launched at UWE Bristol's Social Science in the | City event in Bristol on 22 February. The book is co-edited by Dr Stephen Hunt, Associate Professor, UWE, and Andrew Yip, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham.
- UWE promotes better care and dignity for old and vulnerable people
To mark Dignity Action Day on 6 February 2013, UWE Bristol's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is hosting an event for health and social care professionals and students. The event is part of the health and social care profession's response to public concern about dignity of care for older and vulnerable people.
- Health Disparities Research Symposium
Emeritus Professor Hugh Barton, former Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, will be delivering the keynote address at the 8th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium in Birmingham Alabama February 28th. The subject of the symposium is 'Health Disparities: where biology, behaviour and socioeconomics converge'. The built environment in a key theme, and Professor Barton's topic will be 'Shaping Neighbourhoods for local health and global sustainability'.
- Bristol gives Australian pre-schoolers 'A Sound Start'
An innovative software tool for promoting speech development in young children designed by UWE Bristol and Frenchay Hospital is to be used in New South Wales Australia, where there is a shortage of speech therapists.
Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit (based at Frenchay Hospital), in partnership with Charles Sturt University in Australia and the University of Sydney, will use innovative technology to promote speech and pre-literacy skills in at-risk pre-schoolers.
- Laugh your way into the spring, says UWE Occupational Therapy Lecturer
With spring still feeling like a long way off, UWE Bristol's Alice Hortop explains that laughter, kindness and a simple smile are the easy things that can help to keep the winter blues at bay.
- UWE Bristol science lecturer wins national photography competition
Dr David Bird, a biology lecturer at UWE Bristol, is the Overall Winner and winner of the 'Ecology in Action' category of the 2012 British Ecological Society photographic competition.
- Delivering health and well-being for our local communities
The most recent Joint Public Health Service/Academic meeting looked at how academia can help in the delivery of challenges identified in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Delegates included representatives from NHS Bristol, NHS South Gloucestershire, NHS Bath and North East Somerset, NHS North Somerset, Bristol City Council, UWE and the University of Bristol. Key outcomes included the formation of ideas for improved joint working between academia, NHS service organisations and local community representatives in the development and delivery of JSNAs.
- Challenges of raising school leaving age to 18 for young people who are NEET: UWE expert speaks at Parliamentary inquiry
Some young people already find it difficult to enjoy and achieve at school. With the raising of the school leaving age to 18 by 2015, a new challenge is looming - of engaging them in learning for a further two years.
Contributing to the debate is Dr Barry Percy-Smith from UWE Bristol, who has conducted in-depth research into the experiences and attitudes of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).
- UWE Bristol Professor to discuss dementia research at free monthly Memory Cafés
Professor Richard Cheston, the Chair of Mental Health Research at the University of the West of England is attending Withywood Memory Café from 10:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday 4 December and Fishponds Memory Café from 14:00 – 16:00 on Friday 14 December in Bristol to talk about his research into the emotional difficulties faced by people living with dementia, as well as opportunities to get involved with a local research project on improving memory assessments. The Memory Cafés, run by the charity Alzheimer's Society are free to attend and open to anyone affected by memory problems, either personally, as a carer, a family member or friend.