Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Sarah Sellers; My day at the Florence Nightingale Foundation Student day (17 May 2017)

My day started very early! A taxi took me to the station at 05.50am and I was on the 06.26 train to London, finally my exciting day had arrived. I arrived in London at around 09.30 and took the tube to Westminster. When I arrived, I walked over Westminster Bridge and immediately saw St Thomas hospital, which sits on the river Thames. I found my way around the hospital, and could not believe it. The hospital was so grand and modern, it even had a Marks and Spencer’s and a hairdressers!!

I made my way to the meeting room and found around 100 other student nurses and midwives from around the UK and Ireland; I felt very privileged to be there. The day started with a question and answer panel session with some of the leading figures in nursing and midwifery today. There was no topic and a free discussion (and heated debated!) ensued. The questions were thought provoking and the answers were honest and really helped me to think of my role as a soon to be midwife, and as a wider part of the NHS. The details of the discussion are confidential, however the main thing that I have taken away, is a realisation that “we are all the NHS”. It helped me to view my role as a student midwife as an important one, and also that everyone has a role to play in achieving the common goal of helping others. It highlighted to me that the NHS could possibly be the largest example of multi-disciplinary team working in the world…wow!!

After the discussion and a spot of lunch, we met with some retired nurses who were trained at the Nurse training school that Florence Nightingale set up. They were inspiring and very enthusiastic about nursing and midwifery. They took us on a tour of the hospital and around the Florence Nightingale museum which was amazing. I saw Florence’s famous lamp!

Then it was time to change into uniform and walk over to Westminster Abbey. At the abbey, I managed to get a front row seat! I was in a very privileged position to see lots of important figures. Some stand out attendees were Princess Alexandra, Robert Francis (Francis Report) and Jane Cummings (Chief Nurse for England). I felt a little emotional during the service, as many others did, to see around 2000 nurses and midwives in uniform celebrating our wonderful profession. The service was lovely and it was great to have some quiet reflective time in the small nurse’s chapel in the Abbey to reflect on my midwifery training. However, after the service there was no time to hang around, I had a train to catch! I made it back to Kings Cross on time and caught the train home. The journey home was very relaxing, and I would like to again that every midwifery lecturer who provided me with the means to travel first class home. A big comfy chair and a hot meal was exactly what I needed after my long and amazing day.

I would like to express my thanks again to the staff who nominated me to attend. It was an enormous honour to represent midwives and nurses from our area at this prestigious event. 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Supporting transition and retention of newly registered nurses: STaR Project


Prof Roger Watson, Jane Wray &  Dr David Barrett
by the Burdett Trust for Nursing for a project titled: 

Supporting transition and retention of newly registered nurses

This 3-year project will bring together employers, students and qualified nurses, patients and academic staff, to support transition into the workplace and enhance retention. This collaborative project will examine how best individual nurses can plan for transition as part of their exit strategy from university and effectively take control and manage this process post-qualification.

The award is for £183857 from 1 March 2017 for three years

Friday, 26 May 2017

Singaporean visitors to faculty

The faculty hosted a three-day visit from National University of Singapore and Ministry of Health in Singapore. They came to look at our Non-Medical Prescribing Course and Community Prescribing Course. With a view to them setting up a NMP course in Singapore.

Award for Jan Gibson, Head of Quality, Learning & Teaching Faculty of Health Sciences

Jan Gibson was recently awarded the Introductory Certificate in Organisational Development by the Beech Centre, shown here at Graduation receiving her Certificate. The programme provides an in depth look at the three major elements of Organisational Development: Consultancy, Coaching and Facilitation and links these together for a complete picture of how these principles enable organisations to improve their performance. Jan is now looking to practice these skills and can offer free coaching to individuals about anything either in or out of work, as well as facilitation of development events. Please contact her on 3438 or email  for further information.

Providing Support and Care at a Distance

Do you provide help, support or care to an adult family member or friend who lives at a distance from you?

If so, we would like to invite you to take part in a research project called ‘Providing Support and Care at a Distance’. The research will help us to better understand the experiences and needs of people providing help and support at a distance from the person they care about. These experiences may be different to those of people who care for someone they live with or who lives locally.

You are invited to take part in the research if:

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You provide help, care or support to another adult (aged 18 or over), living in the UK, who lives at a distance from you (that is, it takes at least 1 hour to travel to see them), or you have provided this kind of support in the past 2 years.

The person you support may need help due to old age; dementia; a learning, physical or sensory disability; mental health needs; ill health or frailty. They may live in their own home or a care home.
You can take part in the research by completing a confidential online questionnaire. This is available at this link. If you prefer, the researchers can send you a paper copy of the questionnaire along with an SAE for your response (please see below for our contact details). The questionnaire will ask you about the kinds of help and support you provide; any challenges you experience; the things that help you provide support from a distance. All questions are optional; you can provide as little or as much information as you wish.
The research is being carried out at the University of Hull by Caroline White, Jane Wray and Clare Whitfield. Please email Caroline White  or phone: 01482 463830 if you would like more information about the research or if you would like to receive a copy of the questionnaire. You can also follow us on Twitter at @dist_care

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Faculty promotions

Dean Professor Julie Jomeen writes:

I am delighted to announce that we had a number of successful promotions following this year’s promotion round

Promotions to Professor
Alan Rigby (HYMS)
Stephen Dewhurst (SLS)
Adam Nicolls (SLS)
Peter Draper (SHSW)

Promotions to Reader
Francisco Rivero (HYMS)
Sam Xu (HYMS)
Grant Abt (SLS)

Promotions to Senior Lecturer
Fiona Earle (SLS)
Janet Kelly (SHSW)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Alzheimer Europe's position on involving people with dementia in research through PPI (patient and public involvement)

Professor Esme Moniz-Cook has co-authored:

Gove D, Diaz-Ponce A, Georges J, Moniz-Cook E, Mountain G, Chattat R, Ã˜ksnebjerg L and the Europeam Working Group of People with Dementia (2017) Alzheimer Europe's position on involving people with dementia in research through PPI (patient and public involvement) Aging and Mental Health doi:10.10801/13607863.2017.1317334

New Paramedic programme at Hull

Associate Dean Educatoin Dr Jacquie White says:

I am very pleased to report approval (subject to conditions) of the new BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science programme following the two day HCPC panel that concluded successfully  this afternoon. This is a fantastic achievement that secures a whole area of new business for the school for the future. Congratulations are due to Nicky Credland and her team who have worked tirelessly to make this happen . I would also like to extend a special thank you to Cathy Hughes who arranged and supported the event, staff and panel members.  

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Karin Cooper in Belfast

Dr Karin Cooper has been in Belfast presenting a paper based on an innovative teaching project which drew upon Boal’s social pedagogy – Forum Theatre.  This project was grant funded by Ferens Educational Trust. The paper was part of a session exploring sociological teaching for the future at the Sociological Association of Ireland 2017 44th Annual Conference.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Understanding asexuality as a means to facilitate culturally competent care

Catriona Jones
Catriona Jones, Mark Hayter and Julie Jomeen have published:

Jones C, Hayter M, Jomeen J (2017) Understanding asexuality as a means to facilitate culturally competent care Journal of Clinical Nursing doi:1111/jcn.13862

Professor Mark Hayter
Professor Julie Jomeen

Friday, 12 May 2017

International Nurses day #4 Final blog for today! The end of an era....Celebrating the transition to qualified nurse

Here are some photos of the soon to qualify September 14 nursing cohort, interestingly captured in the soon to be demolished Foss lecture theatre on the University of Hull campus. As one part of our university's history ends, another begins, with our nurses making their own history, as they embark on exciting new posts and adventures.

Over the past three years I have had the pleasure of being involved with many of these students, across all fields, and have seen first-hand their commitment and motivation to complete the course.

The degree programme is demanding; clinical work can be difficult and emotionally draining - as can be the academic pressures too! The past three years have flown by, and in that time these students have grown into confident and competent professionals, capable and caring nurses, ready to begin their careers. It will be strange not seeing these familiar faces around campus, but yet I am equally incredibly proud of what these students have become, they will become the faces that patients and clients will become familiar with rather than us, and that is exactly how it should be.

Happy International Nurses Day

Paula Gawthorpe

Paula Gawthorpe
S14 Intake Lead BSc (hons) Nursing Programme (Adult)


International Nurses Day #3 Did you know that nurses can prescribe medications, too?

Dr. Andrea Hilton: Non-medical prescribing programme lead  

Today we're celebrating International Nurses Day 2017, and sharing the diverse skills and knowledge of our nurses. 

Occasionally, colleagues, patients and other members of the public don't realise that many nurses can prescribe medication, and this extended role is one that contributes enormously to our forward-thinking and fast-evolving professional status.

The original policy plan for non-medical prescribing dates back to 2000.  Since 2006 appropriately qualified nurses have been able to prescribe  a range of drugs from the British National Formulary (depending on the sphere of competence of the individual practitioner) and now includes unlicensed and controlled drugs (there are a few exceptions).   At the University of Hull we offer a full range of prescribing courses for NMC registrants as well as pharmacists and some allied health professionals.

Kirsty Fishburn: Non-medical prescribing module lead for nurses
There has been a plethora of research and reporting undertaken to evaluate non-medical prescribing including an Evaluation of nurse and pharmacists independent prescribing  (Latter et al., 2010) and more recently a Cochrane review on “non-medical prescribing versus medical prescribing for acute and chronic disease management in primary and secondary care (Cochrane, 2016)

We continue to aspire to extend our skills and knowledge and being able to prescribe medication is a huge step towards this.

International Nurses Day #2 FoNS celebrate International Nurses Day 2017 with mini-films showcasing the many and varied faces of nursing

To celebrate International Nurses Day, FoNS  has produced two short films to showcase what makes nursing such a satisfying career, and gives an amazing insight into the breadth of nursing careers that are available.

The first mini video features, amongst other things, nurses outlining what made them become a nurse, and what's great about nursing.

The second of the videos features one of The University of Hull's ex-student Learning Disabilities nurse Jayne, who would encourage the next generation of nurses in saying 'your career will be full of challenges but each challenge makes you a stronger nurse'.

You can read more about the work of FoNS here.

International Nurses Day #1 Welcome to our celebration! by Cathy Catrambone

May 12, 2017 is International Nurses Day #IND2017 and will be celebrated around the world as the 197th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. This year International Nurses Day offers all nurses a new opportunity to honor the spirit of Florence Nightingale. She is known for how she bravely created innovations that improved quality of care and advanced the science of the nursing profession. On this special day, my hope is that all nurses will take some time to reflect on the impact the nursing profession has had - and continues to have every single day and in every part of the world. From intensive care units to clinics, from schools to the community, nurses are taking action that promotes the health and well-being of the world’s people. 

This year make your International Nurses Day a time to celebrate and take pride in the value of your work - and the work of all nurses. Nursing innovation and courage has led to many great improvements in health care. Today there are even more opportunities for nurses to take action. I celebrate each nurse and honor you for your work which promotes quality health care and increases access to essential health resources. Thank you for your commitment to the nursing profession.

Cathy Catrambone- President of STT International
Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President 2015-2017, Sigma Theta Tau International
Associate Professor
Adult Health & Gerontological Nursing
Rush University College of Nursing
600 S. Paulina, 1080 AAC
Chicago, IL  60612
Office: 312-942-3231

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dr. Jacquie White wins prestigious HUU Student Led Teaching Award

Dr. Jacquie White

HUU Student Led Teaching Awards 2017

'And the winner of the overall outstanding achievement award is......'

As many of you will know, the student led teaching awards were held last week. It gives me great pleasure to announce that   Dr Jacquie White was awarded the overall outstanding achievement award, which I am sure you will all agree was thoroughly deserved.

Warm congratulations to Jacquie but also to all our staff who were nominated.

best regards
Julie Jomeen, PhD, MA, RM, RGN, FHEA
Professor of Midwifery, Interim Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Hull, UK

A full list of nominees and winners can be found here

Monday, 8 May 2017

Athena SWAN success

The Faculty of Health and Social Work Athena SWAN committee are pleased to announce the school have been successful in achieving our bronze award. The Athana SWAN charter recognises commitment to gender equality in academic institutions including professional/support roles, academics and students. It is worth also mentioning that the charter focuses also on interconnected nature of gender with other of our characteristics (e.g. ethnicity, disability). The focus of the bronze award is analysis of huge amounts of data and making subsequent pledges/action plans to improve equality in our school. Implementation of the action plan has begun. If anyone is interested in joining the committee you would be made very welcome and the diversity of the work means there is something for everyone to enjoy and achieve. Contact Judith Dyson ( for more details. We have a very interesting year ahead! The following two links give a couple of examples of work the team are doing, but there is a lot more happening and more to come:

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Mental Health Workshop

Kirsty Fishburn writes:  on Monday 24th April 2017, we had an inaugural Mental health Research Workshop, Chaired by Dr Kim Dent-Brown. The intention of the workshop was to bring like minded professionals together who wanted to meet, network and share research ideas. The key note speech was by our own Dean Prof Julie Jomeen, who set the scene with where current mental health research is and how we can have an impact on this. We had a guest speaker Dr Puvan Tharmanathan, RDS Adviser -Yorkshire and the Humber who talked to us about The NIHR Research Design Service – how it can help you.

We had delegates from across our Faculty of Health Sciences, the wider university academic’s and PhD students. We also had a great representation from our partners within the research community, from organisations such as the Humber Trust.
We all spoke about what had got us in the room and our journey to the present mental health research wants and needs... one of the main reasons for the workshop was to attempt to get tangible publish produced research out there from some of us in this workshop. We set up in groups to discuss our area of research and what we would like to put further efforts into for publication, or grant find.
Some of these topics that we wanted to further explore were:
  • Early interventions
  • Child and Adolescents Mental health Services
  • Bridging the gap between adolescents and adult services.
  • Substance misuse and dual diagnosis
  • Personality Disorder
  • Service Provisions
  • Perinatal services evolvement

These were just to name a few....   

The workshop closed with plans to have follow up meetings to keep the momentum of energy the workshop had inspired going, to promote networking and an exchange of contact details. Then as inaugural delegates to speak to our peers for the next meeting, to keep this growing and gaining the recognition it needs and deserves.

If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Dr Kim Dent-Brown who is undertaking a ‘secretary’ type role for the group.

Our Social Work colleagues have been in Sweden

Social Work Lecturers Lisa Revell and Vicky Burton from the Social Work Department recently accompanied four students Emily Merrifield, Jay Sundal, Carol Johnstone and Phillipa Isaac to the successful and invigorating International Student Conference at the University of Mid Sweden in Ostersund, Sweden 3rd - 7th April. The international partnership is a collaboration between four European universities; Mid Sweden University in Ostersund Sweden, The University of Applied Science in Vienna Austria, CARITAS - College of Social Work in Olomouc- Czech Republic & The University of Hull,  England.  Staff were funded through the Erasmus scheme and three students received partial funding through the Faculty following a competitive process based on abstract submission.
The theme for this years conference was' Social Workers as Critical Advocates' and given this current political climate across Europe, this could not have been more apt. Pictures show a social activist movement #freehugs and students presenting at the conference.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

FantastiCon 2017: Fantasy & SciFi in the UK City of Culture!

Fantasticon is described as:

the annual action-packed interactive Hull weekend with VR/gaming/cosplay/NERF/live music and FREE SOFT DRINKS & BISCUITS! This year it is dedicated to nurse Liz Sneddon who died recently.

This year's convention will be dedicated to the memory of Liz Sneddon. Liz recently lost her battle with cancer (her fourth battle in 20 years) and will always be remembered by the team for her energy, her beaming smile and the look of pride as her nephew David (famous E:D Commander Selezen Lake and creator of the much anticipated Elite: Encounters RPG) had his hair shaved off live at the event to support her charity, Marie Curie. This was at FantastiCon back in 2015.