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Health professor honoured with Vietnamese Ministry of Health Award

Congratulations to Professor Joy Notter, who has been awarded the 'Campaign Medal for Services to Health' for her work on improving the quality of nurse training at college and university level in Vietnam.

Joy has been working on the project since 2005 and has made a significant impact on nurse training in Vietnam; she has been asked by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health to develop a new project to help improve the quality of primary care through the strengthening of nurse education and training.

On receiving her award Joy said: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive such recognition from the Vietnamese government and people, I never dreamt that this would happen to me."

Royal College of Nursing agrees to support conference on safety research

7 October 2013

The Centre for Health and Social Care Research (CHSCR) will be holding the Nursing Safety Conference 2014 in June 2014. The conference aims to bring together nursing professionals who are both novice and experienced in research in the field of safety to present current research activities and develop research skills for the projects of tomorrow.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has agreed to support the conference in recognition of its value in improving safety in the delivery of nursing care. The CHSCR are very excited about the partnership with RCN and look forward to making progress in planning the conference.

For further information, contact Sarahjane Jones, Research Officer.

Well-being 2013 Conference

1 August 2013

Following the success of the first international conference on Well-being in 2011, our second International Conference 'Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being' organised by a cross-faculty team, took place on 24 and 25 July at City South Campus.

Retaining a similar focus which emphasised approaches to well-being research and practice that fall outside the traditional medical research concepts of well-being, the conference explored 'What 'well-being' actually means in today's society. How to design for well-being? How to improve individual and community's well-being, and how to measure them?'

A multi-disciplinary and multi-faculty collaboration between Birmingham Institute for Art and Design, Health, LLSA and School of Media, the conference attracted over 100 international delegates from a diverse audience of different disciplines, sectors and organisations including the environment, social care, public health, arts and humanities, landscape architects, community workers, researchers and academics.

The event had financial support from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and was supported by the Birmingham City University Corporate Relations team within Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE).

The conference was set in the context that the UK Government continues to devise a means of assessing the nation's overall well-being and to embrace measures broader than those currently are used to express the state of the country's wellbeing. It had an innovative approach in its design; combining the art and science; having five keynote speakers, 47 paper presentations, 21 poster presentations, eight interactive workshops, had a conference poet ChriSJam Nelson, who presented and entertained delegates with his very individual take on well-being. This approach gave delegates the opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise with plenty of open discussion.

Delegates also explored the concepts of well-being in the context of current UK government health and well-being agenda, debated what 'well-being' means to individuals, how it can be supported and to advance our overall understanding. The conference also gave delegates a chance to participate and contribute in 8 interactive workshops ranging from exploring language and movement through to knitting, painting offering the opportunity to explore the relationship between craft and well-being on a personal level. An art-based break provided a clear and focused voice to articulate the role creativity can play in health and well-being by contributing to an increased level of satisfaction in individuals.

A 'moving forward' review meeting is scheduled in September in order to consolidate the discussions which have been generated as a result of the Well-being 2013 conference and to consider future actions such as integration with existing research, future collaborations, the local agenda, partnerships and plans for future publications.

'Putting Words into Action: Using Actors in Healthcare Education'

8 July 2013

Birmingham City University's Faculty of Health presented 'Putting Words into Action: Using Actors in Healthcare Education' a conference funded by the Higher Education Academy on 3 July 2013. The Putting Words into Action Project Team shared their experiences of integrating actors into communication skills education in a BSc (Hons) Nursing programme and delegates had a choice of interactive workshops showcasing innovative practice using actors across all fields of clinical practice.

The keynote speaker was Dr Susie Wilkinson, a nurse with extensive experience in communication skills research and training. The conference attracted 65 delegates from a variety of backgrounds including university and clinical educators, healthcare practitioners and students. The project team recently published an article in the British Journal of Nursing:

Lewis D., O' Boyle-Duggan M., Chapman J., Dee P., Sellner K., Gorman S. (2013) 'Putting Words into Action' project: using role play in skills training. B J Nurs. Vol. 22 (11): 638-644.

The conference feedback was over-whelmingly positive with comments such as:

  • "Excellent, it reminded me of some of the things you tend to forget about. The day was beneficial to this day and age of nursing"
  • "Useful for my work"
  • "Beneficial and encouraging there is a commitment to good communication as it is at the heart of good care"
  • "As a Practice Placement Manager team member it was very valuable, giving me ideas for skills sessions with student nurses"
  • "As a final year student, starting a post in September 2013, I found it very useful, especially in delivering compassionate communication"
  • "Very useful and timely information. Communication and self-awareness have always been identified but are an often overlooked issue within healthcare."

Since the conference, a forum of interested delegates has been formed to cascade ideas and developments within the area of interactive teaching and learning.

Download the conference programme

Download biographies of the conference speakers

More information is available from Debbie Lewis, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Health.