Lecturer highly commended for health sector innovations

Photo of Stephen Wanless

A HELS lecturer has been praised for his work in revolutionising the way that posture, movement and handling is taught. 

Dr Stephen Wanless (pictured) was Highly Commended in the Innovator of the Year category at the WM Academic Health Science Network's inaugural awards ceremony, receiving his award in front of representatives from the NHS, industry, academia and the voluntary sector.

Stephen is Associate Professor in Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention in the Centre of Excellence in Posture, Movement and Handling. He co-ordinates the provision of advice, training and guidance for all undergraduate healthcare students in the faculty, as well as working as a consultant for industry and health organisations.

Stephen's innovative approach involves the use of the BCU-created ‘Vertebrate’ system, an easy-to-attach harness that vibrates like a mobile phone when the wearer moves into an incorrect posture.

The new training process has impressed healthcare colleagues across Europe so much that they requested a learning package to help them roll out his unique training system to their staff and students. This led to an EU funded Erasmus+ bid, worth over €500k, which created a ‘Train the Trainers’ programme, delivered in June 2016 to healthcare colleagues from Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Estonia.

Stephen was delighted to win the award: "Receiving this award has been an added highlight to an already successful academic year and illustrates the important role that Birmingham City University has in improving the musculoskeletal health from an international perspective."

This is Stephen’s second award win of the summer – he also took home the award for Researcher of the Year at the University’s Extra Mile Awards.

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