Mayor gains insight into UWE's health teaching and research at question time

Issue date: 08 December 2014

Bristol's mayor, George Ferguson, will host his next public question time at UWE Bristol's Glenside Campus in Stapleton on 10 December from 19.00.

The event is independently chaired by Robin Hambleton, Professor of City Leadership at UWE.

Glenside is UWE Bristol's Campus for Health studies, and before the question time event, George Ferguson will have a private tour to gain insight into some of the latest technology used in training the next generation of health care professionals.

A state-of-the-art nursing and midwifery skills simulation suite provides students with the opportunity to undertake routine procedures on replica models of patients of different ages that breathe and even talk to the trainees, in order to build confidence and competency, before actually applying these skills to real patients in placement settings. The suite has sophisticated video recording and playback equipment in order to review group interactions and assess individual attitudes such as care and compassion, and communication skills.

The Department also has a Virtual Linear Accelerator (VLA) a revolutionary new tool that helps train students to deliver doses of radiotherapy, as well as a number of other advanced labs and facilities which the Mayor will see.

Sarah Green, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at UWE Bristol and UWE Gloucester says, “All of our students have inter-professional experiences. Our vision for nursing and midwifery is: 'with practice; for practice; transforming practice' and in order to support this we have strong partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care providers. We also offer an extensive range of CPD courses for qualified nurses and midwives.

“We educate over 677 nurses each year in adult, mental health, learning disabilities and child nursing, as well as 72 midwives. We have over 98% employability for our nursing graduates and around 79% of them stay in the local area contributing to the health sector in the region.”

In addition George Ferguson will learn about University research focused on tackling some of the key public health issues in Bristol and the region, and addressing health inequalities from Professor Steve Neill, UWE Bristol Pro Vice Chancellor.

The research projects include: the work in Bristol being conducted with Age UK involving older people as volunteers in schools, evaluation for Bristol Ageing Better (BAB), research on Physical activity, wellbeing at work, long term conditions, cancer care, homelessness, and obesity as well as many other areas of research.

The question time event is a regular opportunity for the public to ask direct questions to Bristol's elected mayor on any relevant topic.

Mayor's Question Time is free and open to all but booking in advance is required as space is limited. To book please visit the Bristol Council events page.

People without internet access can book by telephone on 0117 922 2848.

Those attending the event will be asked to complete a question form on the night and an independent facilitator will choose a broad range of issues to be put to the Mayor, including popular hot topics.

Following this session, there will be an open forum for any further issues that haven't already been covered. The Mayor will not know the questions beforehand.

Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Those wanting to submit questions are recommended to arrive in good time before the 7pm start. The event will end at 8.15pm.

The event will take place at UWE Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1DD. There is parking available on site.

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