Evelyn wins ‘On-course Placement’ Award!

Nutricia UK

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

Sensory Research Methods Group - Edge Hill University

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: https://sensorymethodsgroup.wordpress.com

Student Research Internships

AHSC Research Internships

Congratulations to Dr Nicola Ralph, Dr Michael Richards and Dr Claire Blennerhassett, who have been successful in applying for funding from the Student Opportunity Fund to start the first Applied Health and Social Care Student Research Internships.

The internships will provide three students with six weeks paid research experience assisting on three staff-led research projects.

Students will experience the research process and allow them to gain skills and knowledge that can be applied to dissertations, postgraduate study and future employment, with the first internships having started in May 2019.

‘The Psychological Costs of Inequality’

Dr Marian Peacock and Dr Steve Clayton

Well done to Dr Marian Peacock and Dr Steve Clayton together with the Edge Hill Research Institute, I4P, in welcoming Professor Richard Wilkinson back to Edge Hill University in April to present ‘The Psychological Costs of Inequality’.

Professor Wilkinson’s lecture focused on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor.

Joanne leads Research and Development

Mental Health EHU

Congratulations to Dr Joanne Inman, who has been chosen as Research and Development Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section – Mental Health, UK.

Joanne started the role in January and in addition to this, has recently presented the opening keynote lecture at the MSc Rehabilitation Student Research Conference at the University of Cumbria.

Midwifery Drop-In Sessions

The Midwifery Department have recently facilitated a series of student ‘drop in’ sessions to enhance our students’ confidence in relation to clinical skills.

Sessions are open to all year groups as an opportunity to enhance and develop current skills prior to commencing placements.

The first session has been popular with second year students in particular, which had a focus on Abdominal Palpations and Care in Labour.

Future sessions are also scheduled to include Bed Making, Neonatal Resuscitation, Haemorrhage and Fetal Monitoring and Safety Considerations.

– Beth Spencer

Clinical Skills Co-ordinator, Edge Hill University.

What’s happening at Alder Hey?

Our September 16 Operating Department Practice students recently visited our site at Alder Hey Institute in the Park for a ‘Patient Transfer’ session.

With great reviews from both staff and students who attended, the session was very successful which even facilitated students performing CPR on the mannequin in an open corridor setting.

Trust staff commented on how ‘intriguing’ it was to watch the session take place, further commending that despite being highly intensive, the session caused very little disruption.

Our facilities at Institute in the Park provide a great space for staff to speak with students, hold meetings and facilitate team away days, with feedback commending how quiet and easy the space is to work within.

Group staff inductions and tours are being held in June 2019 and any staff who wish to book should contact Hayley, our Clinical Skills and Professional Support Co-ordinator based at Institute in the Park.

– Beth Spencer

Clinical Skills Co-ordinator, Edge Hill University.


Gamified learning? Ready, set, GO!

CPR Edge Hill University

Beth and members of the Operating Department Practice team at our Ormskirk campus took part in a QCPR race using BLS manikins.

The aim of the race was to do Quality Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for 60 seconds on the manikins which then made the ambulance indicators move across the screen. The winner was the first ambulance to cross the finish line.

The Software, which is currently available in 12 adult manikins at the Ormskirk site and 4 at Manchester, allows users to measure the efficiency of cardiac compressions via Bluetooth, and the app which links to the manikin is free to download and can either be looked at on an individual basis or, as in this case, displayed as a ‘Team Race’.

The more efficient (in terms of rate, depth of compression etc.) the compressions, the faster the ambulance travels and candidates are scored by numerical value in relation to whatever percentage of their compressions score ‘good’.

In terms of teaching clinical skills, this additional software can make learning enjoyable and meaningful. They are recommended by the European Resus Council as a means of ‘measurement’ as currently, assessors rely on subjective observations.

They also add a little bit of interest for those competitive types as well as improving a clinical skill.

There is also a facility on the manikins to measure ‘effective rescue breaths’ for those who are feeling adventurous.

We are hoping to open the race up to everyone and hold a knock out competition to find the faculty’s ‘Most effective QCPR person/team’ – There will also be a prize!

More details to follow…

– Beth Spencer

Clinical Skills Co-ordinator, Edge Hill University.


National Operating Department Practice (ODP) Day 2019

Operating Department Practice Edge Hill University

On Thursday 16th May, the Faculty of Health and Social Care foyer was transformed using plenty of Clinical Skills equipment to promote National ODP Day.

The ‘Operating Theatre’ was setup to simulate a live theatre, and other pieces of kit were used to promote how Clinical Skills are taught to Operating Department Practice students here at Edge Hill. For example:

  • Clinical hand washing using the ‘Glitter Bug’ and ‘Glow Bars’ to check the effectiveness of hand washing.
  • ‘QCPR Racing’ to practice quality CPR compressions.
  • The ‘Cricoid Pressure Trainer’ to measure and simulate the amount of pressure on the Cricoid Cartilage when performing a rapid sequence induction.
  • ‘Airway Heads’ to practice the insertion of an Airway Tube correctly and BVM performance.

– Beth Spencer

Clinical Skills Co-ordinator, Edge Hill University.