Students Staff

28 April 2016

Nursing skills lab finalist in Innovation Awards

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 2:16 pm
Nursing skills lab at Southend Campus.

Nursing skills lab at Southend Campus.

The University’s nursing skills lab at Southend Campus has been selected as a finalist at the 2016 Innovation Awards to be announced at UBTech in Las Vegas  on 6 June.

The revamp at the Gateway Building’s nursing facilities involved the transformation of the current skills lab and the creation of three extra consultation rooms at the School for Health and Human Sciences.

The skills lab is now equipped with state-of-the-art manikins, has four extra beds and space to allow nursing students to simulate a range of situations similar to real life clinical practice. A video capture facility has also been installed in the clinical and practical areas so students can record what they do and then review and learn.

“The changes to the skills lab have allowed our students to participate in more hands-on practice. With the introduction of new cameras and IT equipment it has enabled the students to watch themselves back over the skills they have just practiced, enhancing their learning,” explained Wendy Rajah, Lecturer in Nursing.

This is the second time the University has been a finalist in these awards, having been previously shortlisted for the Innovative Teaching Spaces in The Forum, also at Southend Campus.

The Nursing Skills Labs have been entered in the Audio Experience category for the focus on remote recording of audio, allowing for non-invasive troubleshooting.

Matt Softly, IT Manager at Southend Campus, said: “I think this reflects excellently on all staff involved with the design and implementation of this facility.”






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14 March 2016

Taking Essex expertise Down Under

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Sue Innes and colleague Mark Maybury using the ultrasound-guided injections.

Sue Innes and colleague Mark Maybury using the ultrasound-guided injections.

Tutors who are delivering the pioneering course on ultrasound-guided injections at our Southend Campus have been invited to deliver a special module in Australia.

Led by Sue Innes, from our School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), the team of tutors are travelling to Melbourne this week to deliver a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Interventions to members of the Australasian Sonography Association. The module will include face-to-face teaching, work-based learning and e-learning and has been developed to enable Australasian sonographers to advance their practice and improve patient access to this service.

The HHS team was invited as Essex was the first university in the UK to deliver a university-accredited course on ultrasound-guided injections following new regulations allowing a wider range of clinicians to deliver the treatment. Launched in May 2015, the weekend course at Southend attracts a range of clinicians including physiotherapists, GPs, sonographers and occupational therapists who want to increase their skills.

Ultrasound-guided injections improve the accuracy of where the injections go, therefore improving the efficacy of the treatment. It is a method used to treat a range of joint and soft tissue conditions including arthritis, tennis elbow, tendon pain and frozen shoulder.

Sue, who leads the Post-graduate Musculoskeletal Pathway at Essex, said: “I am really pleased that the University has got involved in this collaboration which is about working with experts and seeing a real increase in clinical value.

“We are looking forward to supporting this first group of students in Australia learn new skills, extend their practice and help patients with painful musculoskeletal conditions.”


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7 November 2014

Call is out to “come back to nursing”

Filed under: Latest news, Student experience — Tags: — Communications Office @ 4:09 pm

Come back to nursing campaignThe University is taking part in a national “Come Back to Nursing” campaign by Health Education England.

The programme is for previously registered nurses who wish to return to the profession. It will be an opportunity for them to update skills and knowledge, so that they can return to work and become re-registered.

Those taking part will experience a combination of classroom and placement-based learning. The course will involve study periods and a minimum of 200 hours of clinical practice over three months. Part of the programme will be based at the University, with tutors to support the learning experience. The remainder of the programme will be spent on a clinical placement with a mentor who will record competence in clinical skills.

There are also funding opportunities to cover tuition fees and to provide participants with a £500 bursary to help with living costs.

Adult Nursing Lecturer Kathryn Burke said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for nurses with lapsed registration to return to the job they love and make a difference to patient experience. The module offers a supportive and flexible route to update skills and knowledge in contemporary nursing practice.”

For more information, please visit the Come Back to Nursing website.

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17 October 2014

Team Essex shine at festival

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Occupational therapy students Sophie Nicol and Helen Connolly

Occupational therapy students Sophie Nicol and Helen Connolly during the Be Free Festival 

A team of Essex occupational therapy students have been praised for their help during the Be Free Festival for people with learning disabilities.

The students, who are all members of the University’s Occupational Therapy (OT) Society, spent three days at the festival helping the festival goers and their support workers take part in a host of adrenaline-filled activities. They were also responsible for the relaxation hut where they developed different activities to help festival goers relax in between all the activities.

The aim of the festival was to encourage people to reflect on how they want to live their life and the importance of taking risks to gain new experiences.

After the event the Be Free Festival organisers praised the Essex students’ initiative and great attitude, saying “they created a lovely atmosphere in their log cabin and it proved to be very popular with our festival goers”.

OT Society President Kirsty Thomas said: “We all enjoyed the experience immensely and will take away insights into the importance of being able to take risks in everyday life, new friends and an appreciation for the daily challenges individuals face striving for their ordinary life.”

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12 November 2013

Outstanding students celebrated at Dean’s List reception

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students

Executive Dean Professor Graham Underwood with students at the Dean’s List reception

Our talented students were invited to the first Dean’s List reception organised by the Faculty of Science and Health this week.

Many were even served drinks by their heads of department at the informal celebration which is part of our strategy to celebrate excellence at the University. Similar events are also being organised by other faculties to highlight the achievement s of their Dean’s List students.

The Dean’s List recognises current students who achieved high marks including Firsts and Distinctions in the previous academic year.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Health Professor Graham Underwood said: “It is great that we were able to celebrate the hard work and achievements of these excellent students.

“The evening was very enjoyable, with a combination of short talks, conversation and refreshments.  I enjoyed personally speaking to as many students as possible, and hearing their positive views of their courses and University life.”

During the evening staff gave presentations about their research work with Dr Edd Codling talking about the mathematics of cows, Professor Debi Roberson discussing her travels with a lightbox and Dr Matt Jones explaining what causes jetlag.

Staff supporting the event included Professor Christine Raines, Professor Maria Fasli, Professor Jo Jackson, Professor Sheina Orbell and Deputy Dean (Education) Dr David Penman.

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11 November 2013

Fellowship first for Phillip

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Dr Phillip Cannell, Senior Lecturer for Oral Health Science at the University, has become the first person to receive a Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). 

Dr Phillip Cannell

Dr Phillip Cannell

The Fellowship is in recognition for his work in the fields of teaching, education and assessment in Dentistry and Oral Health Science. The Fellowship is the highest award offered by the Faculty and has been designed to act as a quality mark for the profession.

At Essex, Dr Cannell is involved in the design, development and delivery of the Foundation Degree Oral Health Science, the BSc(Hons) Oral Health Science, and the dental therapist reskill module. He is also currently developing postgraduate Masters programmes in a range of dental subjects aimed primarily at the primary care dental practitioner and also supervises PhD students. Dr Cannell is particularly interested in the integration of the primary care work place environment in the development of clinically competent practitioners; an innovative feature of many of the programmes in Oral Health Science at Essex.

“It is a really great honour to be awarded the Fellowship and to be the first recipient in the UK makes it particularly special,” said Dr Cannell. “However, what is most pleasing about the award is the national recognition that it provides in respect of the quality and innovation of the Oral Health Science programmes that we have developed in the School of Health and Human Sciences.”


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1 November 2013

Essex launches innovative new work-based learning nursing course

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The School of Health and Human Sciences has introduced an innovative new pathway to BSc Nursing (Mental Health), based on work-based learning.

The new pathway, developed in conjunction with North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (NEPT), enables foundation degree students to complete their training to become a registered nurse. The students, who are already employed by NEPT full-time, spend two days a week studying for the degree.

The pathway, thought to be the first of its kind for mental health, has been designed to meet the needs of a small number of students who have already attained a foundation degree. On completion, the students will have met the requirements to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and attained the necessary credits for a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health).

This new pathway builds on the existing BSc and MSc pre-registration education the School has been delivering since 2004.

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18 July 2013

Student physios get hands-on rugby experience

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One of the student physios giving a massage

Student Ryan Douglas gives a massage

Physiotherapy students got the opportunity to hone their skills and give advice to top-flight rugby players at the Armed Forces Rugby League World Cup hosted by the 16th Air Assault Brigade at Colchester Barracks.

With less than 48 hours to go before kick-off, the Australian team,  in need of expert physiotherapists, called on the University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. Ryan Douglas and Matt Jenner, final-year MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy students, took up the challenge alongside Essex graduate Chris Blackledge.

Working with the Australian squad, who were taking on Great Britain and went on to win the competition, Ryan and Matt gave pre-match massages, showed the players how to carry out various stretches and also showed the team trainers various massage techniques to help players recover afterwards. They also helped with post-match advice and massages.

Senior Lecturer, Tracey Burge, said: “I was contacted for assistance by the Australian team less than 48 hours before kick-off and managed to find two students eager to assist. However, by law students cannot work unsupervised, so graduate Chris Blackledge kindly volunteered to supervise them. This kind of sport-related experience is extremely valuable to our students as it is an area of practice not covered within their NHS placements.”

Ryan added: “The experience we gained from the few days spent with the Australian defence team was invaluable and gave us the chance to refine our skills, learn new skills, help assist the physiotherapist and even educate some of the team.”


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