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A research team led by Dr Jo Adams has been awarded a £113,603 grant over two years by Arthritis Research UK to investigate the usefulness of written and electronic health information for patients who have arthritis and lower levels of literacy.

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Congratulations to our finalists in the first-ever 2012 Student Nursing Times Awards. They were pipped to the winners' post at the awards ceremony but we want to offer them a huge hats off for making the shortlist against such tough competition.

James Wilson, Yvonne Middlewick and Trevor Kettle were nominated for the ‘Innovation of the Year' award by their own students for their work with forum theatre. The programme team from the Faculty was also nominated for the ‘Nurse Education Provider of the Year: Pre-registration' award.

In order to be nominated a minimum of three students had to write lengthy testimonials supporting the merits of the work. The second round required that a minimum of 20 students complete a short questionnaire.

After weeks of rigorous judging involving applications from around the country, testimonials, voting and panel interviews, the nominees attended the inaugural Student Nursing Times Awards at a glitzy ceremony in London.  Dr Diane Carpenter from the Faculty was one of the prestigious judges on the panel.

James Wilson said: "We were overwhelmed by just how much the students had rated our hard work in creating meaningful learning experiences for them in the classroom.

"The award has encouraged us to continue our mission to both inspire and instil in our students a sense of pride for the profession as well as ensuring that students feel great about the choice they've made and have the confidence and support to continue. "

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Well done to Sue Faulds' and her team who received fantastic feedback from one of the students who attended Jackie Bridges' Older Persons Conference earlier in May.  A further conference is planned to run on the theme of dementia.

"I found the connecting with Old Age theme day to be an extremely valuable experience. The workshops such as "disability experiences" were all fun and interactive and I particularly enjoyed the "life stories" workshop where we had a chance to discuss very personal memories and situations with volunteers. This helped me to begin to understand how older people often want exactly the same things as younger people and that it is important to get to know the person you are caring for.

"The whole day was very useful and was finished off with an educational speech from Professor David Oliver and an opportunity for the volunteers to ask us questions. The participation from the volunteers was greatly appreciated and I look forward to more days like this!" Anne Walton

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PhD podiatry student, Lucy Gates, has been awarded an £175,000 training fellowship by leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK.

Lucy's work will aim to explore if foot and ankle joint assessments carried out by healthcare professionals can help to predict outcomes of total knee replacement surgery.

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Recently our PGR students were given an opportunity to nominate one of their research supervisors to receive a Postgraduate Supervision Award for excellent supervision. This award aims to raise the profile of supervision of PGR students and to encourage wider dissemination of good practice across the University, ultimately raising standards across the whole institution. 

This year we are delighted to announce the following awards:

Experienced PGR Supervisor Award

Professor Maria Stokes

Novice PGR Supervisor Award

Dr Cathy Bowen

We would like to offer our congratulations to Maria and Cathy and we look forward to seeing them receive their award at our Faculty's Graduation Ceremony on 20th July 2012.

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Congratulations go to Anna Gould who has successfully upgraded to DClin with her research to explore the use of FES as a treatment intervention to improve walking ability in a sub-acute stroke population.

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Congratulations go to Rufai Ahmad who successfully defended his PhD thesis yesterday. Rufai has some modifications to make to his thesis but he was impressive and we are very proud of him.

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Rosalynd Jowett is delighted to report a successful validation outcome for the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme, which took place in late April with conjoint validation with the NMC. This programme is complex with four Pathways - Health Visitor, School Nurse, Occupational Health (New) and Sexual Health (new).

There were several, significant commendations, two conditions and some recommendations. Congratulations to the team but especially to Wendy Wigley, Lyn Wilson, Maralyn Lyne and Kathy Owens who have worked tirelessly on the preparation for this event for a long time.

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