UWE AND UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL LAUNCH NEW CENTRE

Issue date: 15 May 2003


ISSUE DATE: 14/05/03

In a unique collaborative venture between Bristol¡¦s two universities, the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health will be launched at special event on 20 May at the centre¡¦s revamped premises on the site of the Old Homeopathic Hospital in Cotham. The opening ceremony will take place at 12.30 in the presence of the Vice Chancellors of the two universities.

This new multi disciplinary research centre is staffed by a team of community paediatricians, community psychiatrists, academic nurses, researchers, lecturers and specialist registrars under the Directorship of Professor Alan Emond from the University of Bristol.

The Centre has identified five main themes, each including activity in research, teaching and policy development.

„h Nutrition in early childhood
„h Child development
„h Palliative care for children and adolescents
„h Children in need
„h Childhood activities

Active collaboration links are in place with other groups in UWE and UoB, clinicians from local Health Trusts, University of Bath, London School of Hygiene, Institute of Child Health in London and the University of Durham. The Centre also has strong international links with academic groups in Brazil, Jamaica, Nepal, Cambodia and Sweden.

Professor Alan Emond said, ¡§The official opening of the Centre marks the end of five years of negotiation and planning and heralds the beginning of an exciting new era in academic child health in Bristol. The health care of children is provided by many different professionals working in teams so it is essential these staff are trained together, and there are many areas of child health which need to be researched by multi-disciplinary groups. The team at the Centre have developed an academic plan which integrates teaching and research, and links with advocacy and policy development. We are looking forward to collaborating with other groups in Bristol and elsewhere in the UK, and further developing our international links.¡¨

Nicola Eaton, UWE, has been appointed as Reader in Community Children¡¦s Nursing. She will be working on key projects including nurses¡¦ management of pain in child cancer patients, evaluating children¡¦s palliative care and investigating peer support for children and adolescents with diabetes.

Nicola said, ¡§This post is very exiting for me. My postdoctoral research concentrated on evaluating child community nursing in Wales and I am particularly looking forward to working as part of the multi disciplinary team. One project that will bring all team members together is a proposal to build awareness through specialist training for medical and nursing students on living with a child with disabilities. Medical students and nurses will spend time with families and give presentations on their findings. This kind of specialist training will give them insightful preparation and hopefully improve the service they can give patients and their families.¡¨

Matthew Ellis, consultant paediatrician and clinical lead in child disability and development in North Bristol is delighted to be a contributor to the new Centre. ¡§A multidisciplinary Academic Centre is of relevance to the local NHS needs, ideal for developing holistic child research.¡¨ Matthew has enjoyed collaborative working in Kathmandu, where he previously researched before settling here in Bristol.

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