Friday, 15 November 2019


Barbara Guinn, Reader in Biomedical Sciences was senior author on a review by recently graduated PhD student, Fidelia Bature, published this week:
Fidelia Bature, Jitka Vsectekova, Dong Pang, Yannis Pappas and Barbara Guinn (2019) Retrospective Medical Record Research: Reflections of A Unsponsored Researcher Biomed J Sci & Tech Res 21(4). BJSTR.MS.ID.003642

The review discusses the difficulties faced by individuals attempting to access primary care data for their studies. The PhD had focused on the identification of patterns in signs and symptoms preceding a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and this review reflects on the experiences of undertaking practice recruitment, issues that arose around access to data and the requirement for stakeholder commitment, with proposals for other similar projects that attempt to undertake similar research.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Healthcare professionals must communicate with patients and relatives. They must enable informed, realistic and appropriate decisions in end of life pharmacotherapy.

Amanda Lee has published this commentary on:


Morin, L., Wastesson, JW., Laroche, ML., et al. (2019) How many older adults receive drugs of questionable clinical benefit near the end of life? A cohort study. Palliative Medicine. doi: 10.1177/0269216319854013.

in Evidence-Based Nursing

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness


David Howe, Jonathan Thorpe, Rosie Dunn, Caroline White, Kate Cunnah, Rebecca Platt, Kevon Paulson, Emma Wolverson have published:

The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness Journal of Applied Gerontology doi: 10.1177/0733464819885326

This paper was published as part of the CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD project, which was an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project investigating the use and potential benefits of a custom-built social networking and information-sharing website designed for use by people living with dementia/cognitive impairment and their carers. The University of Hull team on this project consisted of staff from clinical psychology, social work, and engineering. This paper analysed the participants’ use of the website, as well as feedback relating to the usefulness and usability of the website.

Monday, 11 November 2019

PhD success for Kate Margarson

Kate is pictured in the centre with her supervisors
and examiners, from left to right Barbara Elliott,
Judith Dyson (supervisors),
Moira Graham (internal examiner),
Kate Margarson, Poppy Nash (external examiner,
University of York) and Peter Draper (Chair)
Kate Margarson passed her PhD viva subject to a small number of corrections. Kate’s thesis is titled:

Creating attachment relationships in education (CARE): a grounded theory study of teachers’ and children’s participation in a school-based intervention for mental health. 

Faculty staff in Yangzhou, China

Michelle and Julie with students
Michelle Kennedy, Jennifer Loke and Julie MacDonald have just returned from a visit to Yangzhou, China where they were teaching on our joint undergraduate programme. Roger Watson is currently teaching there and Amanda Lee arrives soon to participate in a conference.
Dinner with Dean and staff

Joint programme plaque

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Peter Draper in Egypt

Peter Draper writes:


I recently gave a paper and led a workshop on the topic of nursing competencies, at a conference organized by the Faculty of Nursing of Damanhur University in Egypt.  The university was established about 8 years ago, having formerly been a branch of Alexandria University.  The Faculty of Nursing has a separate building, and a dental faculty is currently being constructed, suggesting that, as in the UK, health embedding itself more securely as a leading feature in the higher education landscape.
The conference was conducted in both Arabic and English.  The opening ceremony was very formal.  I sat next to the Undersecretary for Health and other dignitaries, to assist in making numerous awards (I’m not sure what they were for) to recipients including military nurses, student prizewinners, and members of staff, and I also received two splendid plaques to grace my office!  I began my paper by confessing that I know very little Arabic apart from the traditional greeting ‘Salam Alaikum’ – for which I received a big round of applause and a cheer.

On the second day of my visit I held a 3-hour workshop on competencies in education, and this enabled me to discuss the state of nursing internationally with students and staff.  There is a lot that’s great about nursing education in Egypt.  They have a four-year undergraduate programme, with an additional compulsory internship to embed their students’ professional learning. The nursing research programme is rapidly growing, and I heard some very interesting papers.  However professional life also has its challenges.  The government is currently reducing the size of its payroll and universities are reducing their staffing complement; and as a predominantly female profession, Egyptian nurse colleagues can also find themselves constrained in a male-dominated world.

I was treated like a celebrity throughout my stay.  Students took hundreds of selfies with me, and I signed and stamped almost a thousand certificates.  I am grateful for the hospitality of colleagues (thank you Dr Mohammed, Dr Reem and Dr Reem, and also Dr Doaa) who enabled me to enjoy local Egyptian food, and who drove me safely around.  (Driving in Egypt? That’s another story – buy me a coffee and I’ll tell you about it).  I left after my short trip with a great deal that is of value: a new word in my Arabic vocabulary (shokran), a handsome bust of Tutankhamen (made in China), a deeper understanding of international nursing, and some genuine friendships with amazing colleagues.

I am grateful to Roger Watson, Tracey Heath and Jane Wray who provided additional ideas and materials for my paper and workshop.