News Archive - 2008
- Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences awarded C2E accreditation
- National Prize Award won by LJMU Student Midwife
- Faculty students presented with Citizenship Awards
- International drugs conference
- Scrooge meets Santa - Marilyn James, Professor of Applied Health Economics, delivered her inaugural lecture
- Conference for students, by students
- Malaysia's Florence Nightingale - Honorary Fellowship for Malaysia's First Director of Nursing
- Liverpool wins bid to host leading international drugs conference in 2010
- Cardiothoracic Centre joins forces with LJMU to improve healthcare delivery
- Linking Credit Unions and Money Advice - New research examines the benefits of partnership working
- LJMU nursing and paramedic students helped taxi drivers get to grips with first aid during Liverpool's Capital of Culture year in 2008
Following a recent assessment (on our commitment to equality), the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences have been awarded the C2E (committed to equality) accreditation. This is the second year that the faculty have achieved this and have demonstrated to the accrediting body their commitment to equality.
The Dean and all of the management team wish to thank all those staff involved, those who prepared the assessment, collated the documentation and were interviewed as part of this process.
A student midwife at LJMU has been awarded 3rd place in the British Journal of Midwifery Student Midwife of the Year.
Kayleigh Paul, now in her second year of the three year BA (Hons) Midwifery Degree, said ‘Midwifery is my passion, and I absolutely love being a student midwife, it is demanding but so so satisfying, and to have been given this award just makes me more determined to be the best midwife that I can be.’
Kayleigh received her award at the prestigious ceremony held at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham on the evening of 9th October 2008. She said ‘I am really honoured and flattered to have been nominated for this award, I think it's a really good way of giving students positive feedback and recognition of all the hard work we do.’
Angela Kerrigan, Midwife and clinical mentor at Liverpool Women’s Hospital nominated Kayleigh for the award and said ‘Kayleigh is a keen and enthusiastic midwife, she consistently strives to do well, showed a sound understanding of clinical midwifery and has strived to apply evidence to practice.’
‘She is always prompt and smart, portraying a positive image of student midwives within the Trust, balancing the commitments of being a mother to her young son, with her midwifery education. She has worked very hard and is a deserving winner of the British Journal of Midwifery’s Student Midwife of the Year award.’
Clare Maxwell, Programme Leader in Midwifery and Women’s Health at JMU said ‘the Midwifery department is very proud of Kayleigh’s achievement and would like congratulate her and wish her every success in her future career as a midwife.’
LJMU Student Citizenship Awards were presented to a group of final year Adult Nursing students for their ingenious first aid training programme for Liverpool taxi drivers. Monica Humphries, Ray Hollis and Ruth Hall helped launch the pilot scheme as part of capital of culture celebrations. They delivered a talk about the short course at Royal College of Nursing international research conference and this inspired them to organise their own conference for LJMU nursing students, attracting around 200 delegates. The trio are also active student reps, amongst LJMU's first Student Mentors and are involved in Aim Higher.
Leading experts from the UK, EU, and USA in the fields of drugs, youth work, violence, health and social inclusion will gather to discuss the problems faced by young people today and propose evidence based solutions
LJMU is hosting an international conference about British young people's use of drug and alcohol.
Entitled 'Protecting young people, families and communities - evidence based responses to the new drugs strategy', the conference is taking place in the Holiday Inn, Liverpool city centre, on Friday 21 November.
Recent figures suggest that drug and alcohol use by young people in the UK is amongst the highest in Europe. The health and social consequences of such behaviour place great burdens on the individual as well as society as a whole. Increasingly, drug and alcohol use has also been associated, rightly or wrongly, with youth gangs, and recent changes in the laws on cannabis mean that many young people will face increased criminal penalties if caught with the drug.
In response to these challenges the Government has introduced a new National Drugs Strategy and Youth Alcohol Action plan, which emphasise the importance of providing timely and evidence based support for young people, families, and communities to address the harms that drugs and alcohol can cause.
LJMU's Centre for Public Health, in association with Liverpool CitySafe, Young Addaction Liverpool, and HIT are convening the conference to discuss these important issues. Leading experts from the UK, EU, and USA in the fields of drugs, youth work, violence, health and social inclusion will gather to discuss the problems faced by young people today and propose evidence based solutions. The conference will present policy discussions, examples from practice, theory driven interventions, and wider discussions of the role of substance use in young people's lives today.
The day will also include sessions on drug use, violence in gangs and community responses; drug use in families; contemporary drug issues and programme-based drug prevention.
Dr Harry Sumnall, Reader in Substance Use at LJMU's Centre for Public Health, said: "Internationally, we are facing rising challenges from a range of drugs whose misuse is associated with wide ranging negative effects, not only on the individual but also their family, friends and society as a whole. This conference is an excellent opportunity for practitioners and experts in this field to discuss important issues that affect our communities and families, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of young people."
Scrooge meets Santa - Marilyn James, Professor of Applied Health Economics, delivered her inaugural lecture
Professor Marilyn James' inaugural lecture outlined the importance of health economists in today's society.
Entitled 'Scrooge meets Santa, that's health economics!', the lecture explained how health economists attempt to bridge the distance between doctors and accountants working in the healthcare industry and make the most of limited resources.
Professor James explained how both groups have very different priorities, with doctors defining the clinical benefits of treatment and accountants determining the cost. The role of health economists is to bring together both benefits and cost and decide upon the best course of action. Expanding this further, Professor James said 'efficiency' is the buzzword of health economists, with them implementing decision techniques to find the treatment or equipment which offers the best value for money.
Concluding her informative and amusing lecture, Professor James showed images of Scrooge, representing accountants, and Santa, symbolising doctors, with Superman in the middle of them both, representing health economists.
First student conference is a great success.
Over 200 students attended a nursing conference organised by four exceptional LJMU students.
Ruth Hall, Ray Hollis, Monica Humphries and Elaine Lyons, all Level 3 students in Adult Hursing DipHE, invited leading figures in the NHS, key international academics and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Steve Rotheram, to a careers conference for students training to be health professionals.
Monica explained why she, Ruth, Ray and Elaine wanted to stage the event: "Given the present climate in the NHS we wanted to highlight the range of possibilities for students entering healthcare and to give them the motivation and encouragement to succeed. There are many opportunities out there and we thought that if we invited some of the leading voices associated with the profession to a conference specifically for students they would benefit from hearing about their experiences."
Shirley Congdon, LJMU's Director of Nursing & Primary Care Practice, commented on the great achievement of the students to conceive and develop such a conference: "This is the first time that a conference has been organised by students for students and it represents significant motivation, enthusiasm and ability on the part of Ruth, Ray, Monica and Elaine. It has been excellent and has really helped to motivate and inspire students as they move towards their first posts as qualified practitioners."
Dr Puan Hajjah Bibi Florina Abdullah (pictured), Malaysia's First Director of Nursing at the Ministry of Health, received her Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding services to nursing and midwifery education.
In collaboration with LJMU, Matron Bibi is overseeing the rapid modernisation of nursing services within Malaysia to provide high quality healthcare for its citizens.
Matron Bibi dedicated her Honorary fellowship to her fellow nurses, who she said make extraordinary sacrifices, dedicating their lives to saving lives and helping others.
LJMU has won the bid to host the International Harm Reduction Association's 21st annual conference in 2010.
The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) is the world's leading organisation promoting evidence-based harm reduction policies and practices for all psychoactive substances… read more
The Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) together with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) have developed a portfolio of professional development courses that will enable NHS practitioners from around the country to gain the most up to date knowledge and skills from the UK's leading centre of excellence for cardiothoracic care… read more
Following the Government's renewed commitment to tackling financial exclusion, research funded by the Friends Provident Foundation has been released today examining the effectiveness of credit unions and money advice providers working together.
The Southwark Credit Union Money Advice Project (SCU-MAP) report "Linking Credit Unions and Money Advice" has been written by Paul Jones and is published by Liverpool John Moores University… read more
LJMU nursing and paramedic students helped taxi drivers get to grips with first aid during Liverpool's Capital of Culture year in 2008
With tourist numbers rising, the students devised a basic First Aid training course for taxi drivers so that they could communicate with people from different countries and respond to various illnesses and conditions. Taxi driver Phil Gerrard said: "I think all new taxi drivers should undertake this type of training as it would be a great benefit to the city and demonstrates how simple things can save lives."
The course was so successful that students gave a presentation at the Royal College of Nursing annual conference. Student nurse Monica Humphries remarked: "We wanted to do something for Capital of Culture and we immediately thought of approaching taxi drivers. They were very responsive and we are hoping to hold another training event with shop assistants who also have regular contact with visitors to the city."
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