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Health Sciences news roundup on 12th June 2014

Published: 12 June 2014

A summary of the latest news and intelligence from around the Faculty.

Congratulations to Dr Claire Ballinger who received a College of Occupational Therapists Fellowship award for 'exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the profession', the highest honour the College can bestow.  

Claire was commended for her contribution to research on falls and falls prevention in older people with the involvement and participation of patients, and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Claire is also celebrated as an author, international speaker and lead or co-applicant on grants worth millions.


Congratulations also goes to Professor Peter Griffiths who has been selected by a judging panel onto the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders list. This list recognises the top 50 individuals who have demonstrated strength across the five key areas of leadership outlined by the NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare Leadership Model.

Around 120 nursing leaders and guests attended a private reception to network and celebrate their success on Monday 10th June at the Haymarket Hotel in London.


Good luck to Dr Claire Ballinger, Jo Adams and our very first OT clinical academic PhD student, Charlotte Brooks, who have all been invited to present at the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Japan next week.


Congratulations to Dr Cathy Bowen who has become the first podiatrist to achieve the Chartered Scientist Award. This is a significant personal achievement that will hopefully inspire other podiatrists to follow in Cathy's footsteps and enhance the scientific credibility of the profession.

Cathy has spent 18 months working with The College of Podiatry to secure licensed body status from the Science Council. Applicants must demonstrate compliance with nine criteria related to the scientific aspects of practice. 


A paper by Professor Anne Rogers, Dr Ivaylo Vassilev and Dr Anne Kennedy, all members of CLAHRC Wessex, themes patient engagement with self- directed support for long term conditions with colleagues from NIHR. The paper ‘The Contribution of Social Networks to the Health and Self-Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions: A Longitudinal Study' has been published in PLOS One.


The video ‘Improving Balance Through Dance' about the work that Ann Ashburn and her team are undertaking in fall prevention research amongst people with Parkinson's disease has won first prize in the NIHR New Media Competition.  The video was a joint undertaking by the media and clinical academic departments by Robin Waldman, Professor Ann Ashburn, Sophia Hulbert and Rebecca Attwood.


Finally...congratulations to Tara Sims on passing her PhD with no amendments.  Tara carried out an important piece of work in the field of children and upper limb prosthetic use and defended her work extremely well during the viva.  Carl May and Professor Pamela Gallagher from Dublin City University examined Tara's work.

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