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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 (Mckennaj@edgehill.ac.uk) with the title JUDGE-LOGO COMPETITION by Monday 10th November.
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.
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.
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.
As we described in a previous blog, the biggest change to our practical sessions has been student numbers. Luke Hinchliffe, Simulation and Skills Support Assistant based at St James’ Manchester demonstrates how he cleans the ‘simulation ambulance’ before and after every session.
Luke says, in the past there would be maybe 4 or 5 students alongside the tutor in the back of the ambulance but now, due to social distancing guidelines, we can only allow 2 students at a time and they will have to wear full PPE due to the small space although the lab itself is quite large and is well ventilated.
Find out more about our facility at St James’ Manchester here
As the staff and students begin to trickle back to a ‘new normal’ way teaching and learning, I met with Beth Spencer, one of our Clinical Skills Support Co-ordinators to find out how setting up and breaking down sessions has changed as new COVID measures are introduced.
Beth explains that the biggest challenge is the decrease in the number of students able to practice skills at any one time. ‘We would regularly have 10 to 20 students per session but now we can only accommodate a maximum of 6 around any workstation’
Other changes include the following:
All staff, students and visitors are asked to wash their hands upon entering the building and are encouraged to use the hand sanitisers located throughout.
The doors all remain open to avoid touching the handles.
The windows remain open to provide ventilation, however there is air conditioning units in all rooms which provide freshly circulate air from outside.
All staff and students must wear PPE which is provided upon entering the room, this includes a disposable apron, gloves and face mask. All PPE equipment is disposed of and students wash their hands before leaving the room.
Students only bring the equipment needed for the session, all other belongings are left in lockers.
The surfaces and all equipment are fully sanitised before and after each session. Alongside Facilities Management staff who regularly clean the building throughout the day.
The room is then aired for an hour after each session and before the next group of students are allowed in.
To further help with social distancing, each floor of the building is on staggered start times so traffic on the corridors and in communal areas is kept to a minimum.
Watch as Beth demonstrates setting up equipment for day to day clinical skills sessions such as venepuncture, injection technique, cannulation and catheterisation in the clinical skills labs.