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Health Sciences news roundup on 29th January

Published: 29 January 2015
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A summary of the latest news and intelligence from around the Faculty.

Health Sciences level 6 occupational therapy student, Lauren Phillips, is profiled in the Guardian in a section on ‘How to become an occupational therapistOccupational therapy admissions tutor, Corinne Hutt Greenyer, is also featured, offering advice to prospective candidates. It is gratifying to see OT being highlighted as a profession that punches well above its weight.

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Associate professor and director of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group, Dr Claire Foster, was interviewed by BBC Radio Solent on Tuesday, and Jack Radio and The Breeze due to air this Friday, about her work with research charity Breast Cancer Campaign. The charity has invested nearly £150,000 in a project that will see Dr Foster develop an online “decision aid” tool to help younger women with breast cancer decide whether to undergo genetic testing.

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Where have all the nurses gone? Principal research fellow for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, Jane Ball, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ documentary programme on nursing numbers.  The programme covered many issues to do with nurse staffing levels in the NHS. The interview can be heard here and will be repeated on Radio 4 this Sunday.

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On Thursday 19th February two representatives of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will be talking about their careers and how they started with MSF. Dr Edward Armstrong is a doctor returning from his first mission with the charity and Didier Dequatre is an BSc physiotherapy student and ex-logistic director and project co-ordinator for MSF. Dr. Edward Armstrong completed his first MSF mission in a low-intensity conflict area in India. Didier Dequatre will discuss his personal experiences with MSF in conflict and non-conflict areas and the place of physiotherapy in MSF's context. This event is open to all and takes place from7pm to 9 pm on in the Nuffield Lecture Theatre A. No booking required.

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Dr Priya Khambhaita spoke to Sunny and Shay on BBC London 94.9 (20 minutes in) about barriers faced by older people of Asian origin in accessing social care. In light of Age UK’s report about funding cuts to social care services, Dr Khambhaita, a Health Sciences research fellow, presented findings from the NIHR fundede ‘Acceptability of and satisfaction with social care among South Asian groups’ project. Investigators included Social Sciences academics Dr Rosalind Willis, Professor Maria Evandrou, and Dr Pathik Pathak.

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