Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programmes have been approved at the University of Hull.

For a fact sheet on Nursing Apprenticeships see this link.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Launch of Down’s Syndrome Pathway 21 March 2018

Daryl Stansfield
Year 2 learning disability nursing student writes:

On Wednesday the 21st of March the Down’s Syndrome Pathway was officially launched and could not have been held on a better day as it coincided with World Down’s Syndrome Day; an internationally recognised day for those living with and caring for those with Down's Syndrome.
The launch took place in a conference room near the Deep in Hull and was well attended by a variety of health professionals and commissioners all involved in caring for and supporting the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. The event was also attended by many families and parents of those with Down’s Syndrome who also brought along their children to celebrate and take part in the launch of the care pathway, which without their determination to make a difference to the quality of care for those with Down's syndrome, would not have happened.
The aim of the Down’s Syndrome Pathway is to provide a clear route of how care should be delivered throughout the lifespan of individuals with Down’s syndrome aiming to correct the inconsistencies in care experienced by many families. The pathway also aims to help navigate health care professionals to do the right thing in the right order with the right people and in the right amount of time to meet the right outcomes all with attention to the individual’s experience. Also intending to put all the health information pertinent for people with Down's syndrome in one place.
The launch was opened by the chair of the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Roper who commented on how relevant and needed the Down's Syndrome Pathway is, expressing the importance to the wider community.
It was pleasing to see two local charities that support children, adults and families with Down’s syndrome in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull based ‘Downright Special’ and ‘Special Stars Foundation.’ Each charity providing excellent services in promoting awareness of Down's syndrome and sharing advice to both health professionals and parents at the event.
Not only was the launch a great place for networking, sharing expertise and advice around Down’s syndrome, the launch also shared the views of parents of children with Down's syndrome, with some presenting emotional and passionate commentary on their experiences of health care services from the birth and diagnosis of their children to present day.
Thank you to all services and organisations making the launch of the Down’s Syndrome Pathway possible, including the hard work of Anna Daniels, a Registered Children’s Nurse with a special interest in supporting people with learning disabilities. Special thanks also go to the parents and families of children and adults with Down's syndrome who fought to get their voices heard and reminded us all to see their children first before their diagnosis.
For more information about the Down’s Syndrome Pathway and the charities who attended the launch please see the links below:

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

ODP showcase seminar

For the second year running, our students have produced a collection of amazing and innovative service improvement projects which were showcased at a student conference.  We already have students that have been approached about continuing their projects after qualifying and we can’t wait to see our soon-to-be-practitioners out making a difference to perioperative care.  Well done 3rd years! 

Monday, 19 March 2018


Thanks to a recent visit to Hull by a delegation from Singapore we received the following message:

We are delighted to inform you that the extension of prescribing rights to Advanced Practice Nurses (“APN”) and Pharmacists was announced by our Senior Minister of State (Health) Dr Amy Khor at the annual Committee of Supply debate on 7 Mar 2018 in Singapore. It is a great milestone for our nurses and pharmacists in Singapore, and we are very glad to share this news with you, especially since we have learnt so much from our interaction with all of you in the UK!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Goodbye to our recent Thai visitor

Nun, centre with Dr Moira Graham
and Professor Mark Hayter
Maneeratsami (Nun) Pattanasombutsook, a visiting International PhD Scholar from the Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand  has spent the last 6 months in the School of Nursing and Social Work. The purpose of Nun's visit, funded by a scholarship from the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, was to fulfil a requirement for international PhD experiences before submitting and defending her PhD thesis.  Nun has spent time with colleagues in the Faculty and the local area and returns home shortly.  Nun has collaborated with colleagues to co-author a paper during her time here and also has undertaken modules/study events on research methods.  We will maintain contact with Nun and build on our links with Prince of Songkla University.

"It was my great opportunity to be a research visiting student at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Hull, from September 2017 to March 2018. The university personnel, the study system, the Skills team, the facilities, the Library, the academic activities, the academic colleagues and everything here at Hull all developed my learning.  My supervisors, Dr.Moira and Dr.Mark, and the rest of the Faculty were very supportive and I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to everyone for your teaching and kind support. I have loved being with you all and the University of Hull. Thank you very much indeed."

A Web-Based Platform for People With Memory Problems and Their Caregivers

Dr Emma Wolverson, Clincal Psychology, was recently interviewd on BCC Look North about the development of this platform and has also co-authored, the following publication with others from the University of Hull: Rosie Dunn, Jonathan Thorpe and Caroline White and Kevin Paulson:

Zafeiridi P, Paulson K, Dunn R, Wolverson E, White C, Thorpe JA, Antomarini M, Cesaroni F, Scocchera F, Landrin-Dutot I, Malherbe L, Lingiah H, Bérard M, Gironès X, Quintana M, Cortés U, Barrué C, Cortés A, Paliokas I, Votis K, Tzovaras D (2018) A Web-Based Platform for People With Memory Problems and Their Caregivers (CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD): Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Usability JMIR Formativ Res 2018;2(1):e4 doi: 10.2196/formative.9083

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Meeting the Physical Health Needs of Mental Health Service Users

Associate Dean Dr Jacquie White has co-authored:

White, J. O’Brien, S. Beadle, M. Ackroyd, A. (2018) Meeting the Physical Health Needs of Mental Health Service Users Ch.3 In Wright, K. & McKeown, M. Eds. Essentials of Mental Health Nursing Sage Publications Ltd. London. Pp. 493-506.
Jacquie White (centre) meets with her co-authors
to celebrate the launch of the book

Nurse-Facilitated Health Checks for Persons With Severe Mental Illness

Associate Dean Dr Jacquie White has co-authored:

White, J. Lucas, J. Swift, L. Barton, G.R. Johnson, H. Irvine, L. Abotsie, G. Jones, M. Gray, R.J. (2018) Nurse-Facilitated Health Checks for Persons With Severe Mental Illness: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial Psychiatric Services

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

SPARC Research Seminar

SPARC Research Seminar

The Cluster headache: Impact and Perception Study (CHIPS): a qualitative enquiry into a 'Cinderella' chronic condition

Presented by: Dr Lisa Dikomitis, University Of Keele

Friday May 11th, 1-2pm, Nidd Seminar Room 2, University of Hull

To reserve a place, please contact Caroline White or Liz Walker

For the latest on our up and coming events, research and news:
Please follow us on Twitter: @SPARChull
Visit SPARC’s new website.