Category Archives: Applied Health and Social Care

Student Profile | Valerie Hutson

Graduating in 2015 from Edge Hill with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Nutrition and Health, Val applied to join the Association for Nutrition UK Voluntary Register via the portfolio route.

In 2016 Blackpool Council recruited Val as their Healthy Lifestyles Nutritionist based at the Towns new Health Works Hub. This new initiative brought together employment, health and lifestyle specialist providing advice for local residents to help them gain employment and improve overall health and wellbeing. Val led the team of Healthy Lifestyles Coaches whose role it was to encourage and support Blackpool residents to make healthier choices. 

As part of the Council’s Public Health Team Val also supported the development of the new Healthier Choices Catering Award. She encourages food outlets, such as take-aways, schools, children’s centres, and workplace canteens to adopt healthier cooking methods and make healthier food options available.  Val has presented over 125 Healthier Choices Awards and in 2019 launched the New Junior Healthier Choices Award recognising healthier, family friendly venues that welcome in breastfeeding mothers.

Working within the community Val has delivered primary school taster sessions to promote healthy packed lunches and breakfasts, developing leaflets and activity sheets to reinforce health messages. She also supported the mental health charity Headstart by planning and facilitating healthy eating cooking courses with groups of High School students.

After recently completing Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme Val with be encouraging Blackpool families to cook from scratch with hands on cooking sessions.

Student Profile | Nicola Holden

Nicola graduated from Edge Hill University in July 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree in Nutrition and Health.

“Studying nutrition at Edge Hill gave me a good understanding of the principles of nutrition and public health needed to understand the causes of non-communicable diseases and health inequalities, which I use regularly in my current job. The degree also equipped me with the skills to critically analyse evidence to ensure I am recommending evidence-based advice to my patients.

Following studying Nutrition and Health, I completed a PG dip in nutrition and dietetics which enabled me to qualify as a registered dietitian.

I am now a registered dietitian working for the NHS. I see patients in hospital and advise on nutritional plans to medically unwell patients. This involves developing feeding regimes for tube fed patients, encouraging weight gain in patients at risk of malnutrition and supporting patient’s nutritional development during rehab for brain injuries.”

Student Profile | Emma Wafer

Emma graduated from Edge Hill University in July 2017 with a First Class Honours Degree in Nutrition and Health.

‘Whilst in my third year at  Edgehill University studying BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health one of my modules entitled, Personal Career Development, required me to complete a  placement in order for me to pass the course. One of the key focus points of the module was the transition process from study to the working environment with the focus on increasing key transferable and employability skills.

With ambitions to work with Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP), I carried out a work  placement at Nutricia.

My role was in the Product Development team, assisting Technicians with various testing, shadowing Technologists and working within the sensory lab.  I  was provided with the materials and resources needed to complete work relating to my university module but also  gained vital work experience within this industry.”

As Emma made a great impression, we asked her to extend her time in our Quality Department for a further 2 months, doing data entry for the China FSMP submission of new  products into China. 

After leaving Nutricia Emma kept an eye on our careers site and in contact with colleagues and came across the opportunity to apply for a role with the Productivity, security of Supply and capability team as Product Technician for Project Libra. Successfully applied and was recruited to commenced in summer 2017

Her role is supporting the implementation of changes to existing products as part of a continuous improvement programme to meet new legislation and market requirements

Emma’s first 3 months – she has already featured in company newsletter ! ‘Danone contributes to the learning and progression of its  employees.’

“The training and mentorship I have received from people within the company not only allowed me to take full advantage of opportunities during my placement enabling me to complete my portfolio to a high standard, but enhanced my employability.  Three months in, my personal development journey continues…”

Student Profile | Nathan Little

Nathan graduated from Edge Hill University in July 2018 with a First Class Honours Degree in Nutrition and Health.

“Since leaving Edge Hill, I took on a 1 year MA Documentary course at Liverpool John Moores University in 2017-18.

I had a keen interest in filmmaking, media and journalism during my time at Edge Hill and received a Creative Arts scholarship from the university alongside being nominated for an Enterprise Award following completion of the Nutriton and Entrepreneurship module.

I have taken quite a different route from what most students graduating from the Nutrition course would do, however I am still implementing my knowledge from the course to this day.

I currently hold a position as a Graphics Designer and Videographer, however I also work on my own projects with a company I set up called Glass Line Media.

We currently have a number of projects in the works, a few of which are documentaries exploring various areas of nutrition, health and other science fields.

As I gained extensive knowledge from the Nutrition and Health course, as well as the research skills necessary to produce these films, I am confident that myself and my team will be able to bring forward interesting and compelling films to enlighten audiences as to the newest developments in the field of nutrition and health.”

Dr Paul Simpson

Proposed Book Series Approved for Publishing

Congratulations to Applied Health and Social Care Lecturer, Dr Paul Simpson whose co-authored proposed book series, ‘Sex and Intimacy in Later Life in a Changing World’ has been approved for publishing.

The series will follow the below themes:

[Volume 1] Later life sex and diversity

[Volume 2] Desexualisation and consent

[Volume 3] Resexualisation and agency

[Volume 4] Later life and sex global perspectives

The series of books are due to be published from 2020 onwards. For further information please email



CAMHS Senior Nurse

Congratulations to Applied Health and Social Care student, Claire Morris, who has recently been appointed as a Senior Nurse in a new service within Warrington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Claire’s new role falls within Youth Justice, and she expressed gratitude towards her MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing as she felt this has been crucial in securing her place at Warrington.

We’d like to congratulate Claire, and also Hayley Mckenzie and Joanne Inman for their teaching on this module!

Nutrition Student Enterprise Award

Lesley Wins Student Enterprise Award

Congratulations to Edge Hill Nutrition student, Lesley, who won the ‘Student Enterprise’ Award for producing the nutritious game, ‘Calorific’. Student Lydia was also a very close runner up with her game, ‘Plantydicious’.

Both students had developed their initiatives within the Nutrition and Entrepreneurship module at Edge Hill University lead by Hazel Flight and John Mercer.

Dr Lucy Gibson Published In New Book Collection

Congratulations to Dr Lucy Gibson, who has recently had a chapter published in a new edited collection on the Northern Soul Scene.

The Northern Soul Scene is a dance-based music culture that originated in the English North and Midlands in the early 1970’s. It still thrives today with a mix of sixty-year-olds and several generations of new converts, and its celebration of 1960’s soul has an international following.

This co-produced book brings together newly commissioned essays with pivotal earlier articles that have defined the field so far. These chapters are interspersed with key journalistic articles, evocative photographs, and interviews with the directors of northern soul-themed films. This anthology is the first to provide a wide variety of perspectives on the history and contemporary nature of the scene, and creates a forum for vibrant dialogue and debate amongst academic researchers, students and those immersed in the scene.

Representations of the scene from different media, and different historical locations, are juxtaposed to construct a rich and diverse statement about the music, people, places and practices that constitute the northern soul scene in the UK and beyond.

Learn more:


Nutricia UK

Evelyn wins ‘On-course Placement’ Award!

Congratulations to third-year Nutrition and Health student, Evelyn, who was crowned winner of the ‘On-course Placement’ award at the Edge Hill Students’ Union Awards 2019 where she was nominated by Nutricia.

Nutricia believes in the power of nutrition to make a positive and proven difference to health. Every day they are inspired by their purpose to pioneer nutritional discoveries that help people of every age live longer, healthier lives. At Nutricia they apply expertise in nutritional science and innovation to some of the worlds biggest healthcare challenges. Evidence-based discovery is at the heart of what they do.

Sensory Research Methods Group - Edge Hill University

Sensory Research Methods Group

The Edge Hill Sensory Research Methods Group was setup in November 2018 and since then has developed a website, developmental reading list as part of a repository of resources, and a schedule of events. The first workshop took place on Tuesday 26th February and the next is scheduled for October 2019. This will involve the work of PhD students and Graduate Trainees.

In addition, the Sensory Research Methods Group website and reading list is available to all Academic Staff and Students within and beyond Edge Hill University.

Learn more about the Sensory Research Methods Group, here: