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Health Sciences news roundup on 5th March 2015

Published: 5 March 2015

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

Congratulations to all the NAMSOC (Nursing and Midwifery Society) students who organised a bake sale last week for Bliss - a charity which supports families of babies raised too small, too early and too sick. ‘Bake for Bliss’ raised a total of £280!


Senior admissions tutor, Jim Bird, and Dr Kelly Hislop-Lennie recently presented the results of their Values in Nursing project at the 34th RCSI Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference in Dublin. Their study sought to identify and confirm the personal values nurses should have, utilising the input of experts by experience, senior / experienced nurses and senior nursing students.


Professor Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research, is quoted in the Nursing Standard in an article discussing how experts are urging caution over 12-hour shifts amid doubts about safety. Commenting in the article on the European-wide RN4CAST study, Professor Griffiths said: “We cannot be sure the long shifts are the cause of these negative findings, although there is ample research linking fatigue with poorer work performance so it seems possible,”.


Congratulations to senior research fellow, Carol Rivas, who has had her work published in BMC Family Practice. The article: ‘Unmasking quality: exploring meanings of health by doing art’ is a collaboration with colleagues from the Centre for Medical Education, Institute of Health Sciences, Queen Mary University; the Education Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London; and arts organisation, Stiches in Time.


Dr David Voegeli, Associate Professor, Continence Technology & Skin Health Cluster, has recently secured £88,000 in industry funding to conduct a clinical evaluation of a new stoma care product, which will be performed within the Welcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF) at University Hospital Southampton (UHS).


Finally…an opportunity to get involved in a BBC debate

In the run up to the general election, broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire will host three debates across the UK, each with 300 audience members and front bench politicians from the main parties. One is in Southampton on Monday 27th April on the topic of the NHS. The programme will be broadcast live on BBC 2, BBC news channel, Radio 5Live and online between 09:15-11:00 am.

The aim of the debate is to create a ‘big conversation’. The BBC wants to hear from a variety of people including doctors, nurses, paramedics, care-home workers etc. as well as patients.

If you are interested in representing Health Sciences as part of the audience and putting your questions to the politicians, please contact, who will pass your details onto the BBC. You will need to be able to make your own way to a city centre venue (TBC) by 7am and stay until 11am. 


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