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Here’s why I include pronouns in my e-mail

Inclusive language creates inclusive workplaces and, by sharing yours, it makes it easier for someone who is gender non-conforming to share their pronouns.

Gender pronouns are words that a person uses to describe themselves or would like others to describe them. For cisgender people, the common pronouns are she/her/hers or he/him/his.  However, people who do not conform to the binary male/female categorisation may use they/them/theirs.

By including pronouns in your e-mail, you can help bring awareness and demonstrate inclusivity internally and externally and show consideration and respect that pronouns are an important part of gender identity.

Care Act 2014

Meeting Recording:

Topic: Mental Health Act 1983

Date: Mar 5, 2021 09:18 London

Meeting Recording:

Topic: Mental Capacity Act 2005

Date: Mar 9, 2021 09:20 London

Meeting Recording:

Topic: Children: application of Care Act 2014, Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act 2005

Date: Mar 12, 2021 09:16 London

Meeting Recording:

The Creative Voice: using art therapies for healing racial trauma. Claire Beerjerez

I was fortunate enough to submit an academic poster for Manchester Metropolitan’s Annual PGR Conference. I presented my current research project on exploring how creative art therapies can heal racial trauma. I really enjoyed the process of forming and submitting my work. Being able to share my poster with other academics was very exciting and it was a privilege to be provided the space to showcase something that is important to me. Furthermore, to have received a 2nd place award for it, was really validating! Thank you to my supervisor and fellow course mates for the support!


Joanne Harris became a national celebrity when family friend Craig Phillips donated the prize money from winning the first Big Brother to her to fund a heart and lung transplant.
It had been feared she would have to travel to the US for treatment.

She became a true ambassador for people with Down Syndrome after her plight prompted a Government minister to pledge that disabled people should not face discrimination if they needed a transplant and she was put on the NHS transplant waiting list.

Despite her disability she attended mainstream schools and college, joined the Brownies, won medals for dancing and trained to be a hairdresser. She brought so much joy to so many people and did so much to show that people with disabilities can lead very full lives.

Sadly, Jo fell ill with an infection and lost her fight for life in April 2008 but her legacy lives on in her family and in all those whose lives she touched.


Nurses: Improve your diabetes knowledge

Learn how to help people with diabetes understand and manage their condition. This online course in the IDF School of Diabetes will help nurses and other health professionals to effectively support people with diabetes and promote healthy lifestyles and self-management to achieve optimal control of the condition.

This online course is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). Upon completion, you will earn 1 EACCME credit and a course certificate.

Student Voice Logo Competition

Dear Nursing Associate, Nursing and Midwifery Students

Are you creative…..needing an artistic challenge……like to win some additional funds….

We are looking for you as we need a LOGO, which represent Nursing Associate, Nursing & Midwifery student voice!

‘Student voice’ represents activities within our programmes, Dept, Faculty and the University where students’ opinion, views and feedback are received, joint work occurs (co-production) to innovate and produce improvements for you and future students’ educational experience.

We are seeking a LOGO to help identify ‘student voice’ activities’ i.e. where and when student voice is being raised and heard i.e. SSCFs, PULSE survey & feedback, to identify improvements created  through joint working i.e. programme board,  student cohort/ programme groups, and help communication the Nursing Associate, Nursing & Midwifery ‘student voice’ across our student and staff communities.


Please email Dr. E. Cooper, Head of Adult Nursing & Primary Care ([email protected]), with the title LOGO COMPETITION with your entry by Friday 14th November 4pm.

Prize: £100 amazon vouchers for winners,

(for an individual or a group entry)

We will also need JUDGES! If you are a student from our Nursing Associate, Nursing and /or Midwifery programmes you can volunteer to be part of the judging panel working with our Associate Head for student engagement.  If you wish to be a judge, selection will be on a first come first served basis, please email Jacqueline McKenna ([email protected]) with the title JUDGE-LOGO COMPETITION by Monday 10th November.

Healthcare Simulation Week 14th – 18th 2020, Helen Henderson, Head of Simulation and Skills Education shares her experiences and optimism for the future.

A year ago during Healthcare Sim Week 2019 we were busy getting ready to move into our new Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre here at Edge Hill University and for those of you who can remember Derek, he was busy packing and looking forward to finally getting into in his new home.

Enjoy the rest of this story at:

The Role of the Facilitator during COVID-19

Our Simulation and Clinical Skills Facilitator, Agnieszka Sumera, talks about how her role has adapted in the current climate.

I have been experiencing a lot of challenges and opportunities at the same time during the pandemic.

Due to this new situation, I can no longer work in the way I used to before the pandemic

This new situation meant that I have had to adapt to new ways of working.

I continued to hold meetings where we planned future simulation sessions for students returning. I also delivered virtual development sessions for the staff members with an aim to carry on with my objectives to work on improving the standards of simulation at our institution.

Several measures were put in place to prepare the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. Students and staff are sent guidance and instructions before they attend simulation sessions. Session scheduling is more complex than usual too with a restricted number of students allowed at the centre. We run more simulation days with fewer people attending.

We were working very hard to make our Centre safe to be used again, and we did it!

On 28th April, we brought in the first NHS staff to engage with simulation scenarios based on COVID-19.

Scenarios were based on infection control, symptoms recognition, leadership, patient transfer, teamwork, communication and decision-making. F1 and F2 doctors improved on the systems and development of new standard operating procedures and policies needed to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

I learned a lot from aspects of the crisis experience which helped me to develop plans on how to use simulation to prepare organisations and healthcare students to respond to the unexpected and extraordinary situation in the future.

In July, nursing students returned and engaged in simulation scenarios on recognising signs of deteriorating patient, good communication, teamwork, using NEWS2 and  SBAR.
PA students completed simulation scenarios practising mental state examination, professional communication, conflict resolution and nutrition assessment.

Simulation-based education proves to be exceptionally useful at the time like this. Through the use of our facilities, we can continue to provide high-quality and safe education, as well as offer some help to the new or returning NHS staff.

Agnieszka Sumera

Simulation and Clinical Skills Facilitator

An brief insight into the role of Ian Ballard, Senior Simulation and Skills Technician

See below a short demonstration of how Ian introduces how the manikin is connected and controlled remotely from the external control room for taking pulse, blood pressure readings etc


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