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Optimal balance of doctors, nurses and advanced practice health professionals in NHS Emergency Departments to be examined in new study funded by National Institute of Health Research

Posted Monday 17 May 2021

Optimal balance of doctors, nurses and advanced practice health professionals in NHS Emergency Departments to be examined in new study funded by National Institute of Health Research

How emergency services are delivered at NHS hospitals – and what make-up of health professional staff provides the best patient experience - will be explored as part of a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded study involving healthcare experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.   Professor Vari Drennan MBE recently conducted a study into the new role of physician associates.

Dr Mary Halter and Professor Vari Drennan MBE, from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston and St George's, will lead the 30-month study which investigates the role non-medical practitioners play in NHS hospital emergency departments and urgent treatment centres to determine the best ‘skill-mix' – the ratio of non-medical practitioners to doctors and nurses....


International study involving Kingston University expert sheds light on elite athletes' views on clean sport, cheating and anti-doping efforts

Posted Thursday 13 May 2021

International study involving Kingston University expert sheds light on elite athletes' views on clean sport, cheating and anti-doping efforts

How top athletes from across the world define clean sport - and their views on how cheating affects them - has been explored in an international study that could help develop more effective, targeted anti-doping education. 

A team of researchers from Kingston University, the University of Birmingham, the University of Roehampton and the University of Chichester and Leeds Beckett University worked with elite athletes and National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) to find out what it means to compete clean at the highest level of sport. The team engaged athletes as researchers to interview their fellow athletes, with the study also exploring the community's perception of current anti-doping efforts. The work formed part of the EU-funded RESPECT project, which is led by Leeds Beckett University....


International Nurses Day: Award-winning nursing experts at Kingston University reflect on teaching excellence and helping students thrive

Posted Wednesday 12 May 2021

International Nurses Day: Award-winning nursing experts at Kingston University reflect on teaching excellence and helping students thrive

Two nursing academics from Kingston University won prestigious awards for teaching excellence late last year and, to celebrate this year's International Nurses Day on Wednesday 12 May, they recently came together to discuss their passion for teaching, the methods they use and why they got into academia.

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Kingston University's commitment to gender equality recognised with two further Athena SWAN bronze awards from Advance HE

Posted Wednesday 12 May 2021

Kingston University's commitment to gender equality recognised with two further Athena SWAN bronze awards from Advance HE

Kingston University's commitment to gender equality and inclusivity has been recognised with two further Athena SWAN bronze department awards. The latest accreditation from Advance HE follows successful applications from teams within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly with St George's, University of London.

The awards were presented to the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences and for a second submission encompassing a range health and social care schools and departments. They included the School of Nursing, the Department of Social Work and Social Care and the Department of Midwifery, the Centre for Allied Health, as well as the Centre for Health and Social Care Research and Centre for Public Engagement. The bronze awards will run until 2026....


Kingston University joins community leaders discussing future of borough economy and response to pandemic at annual Kingston Business Expo

Posted Friday 7 May 2021

Kingston University joins community leaders discussing future of borough economy and response to pandemic at annual Kingston Business Expo

Business leaders, organisations and community figures from across the region took part in the second annual virtual Kingston Business Expo, organised by Kingston Chamber of Commerce, with Kingston University one of the headline sponsors alongside Kingston Council. The event, which featured a series of speakers, seminars and roundtable discussions, covered issues ranging from the local economy, to the pandemic response and the future of Kingston's town centre. 

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Jill Schofield, opened the Expo alongside Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed Davey. The Liberal Democrat Leader outlined why the annual event was an important forum for the whole area. "The Expo really brings together the best parts of Kingston," he said. "The University uniquely understand the fundamental partnerships with local businesses and celebrate innovation."...


Covid-19 anxiety syndrome may prevent people from returning to normal living after pandemic, new research involving Kingston University expert finds

Posted Wednesday 5 May 2021

Covid-19 anxiety syndrome may prevent people from returning to normal living after pandemic, new research involving Kingston University expert finds

‘Covid-19 anxiety syndrome' may cause a significant number of people to struggle with a return to normal daily life in the UK after the pandemic, new research by Kingston University and London South Bank University has revealed.

A survey conducted by the research team found that one in five of the 286 UK-based participants scored highly on a Covid-19 Anxiety Syndrome Scale used by the researchers in February this year....


International Day of the Midwife: Bringing lives into the world during a pandemic

Posted Wednesday 5 May 2021

International Day of the Midwife: Bringing lives into the world during a pandemic

Life as a midwife has looked rather different since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, but the job at hand has remained the same during this time – deliver the baby and keep mother and child safe. To mark the International Day of the Midwife on Wednesday 5 May, senior lecturer in midwifery at Kingston University Jane Forman gives her account on bringing lives into the world during a pandemic.


Kingston University PhD student helping children with complex needs understand grief through specially designed toys

Posted Tuesday 4 May 2021

Kingston University PhD student helping children with complex needs understand grief through specially designed toys

A Kingston University PhD student has created a set of toys to help children with complex needs learn how to express grief and deal with other difficult emotions.

Sarah Helton is in the first stage of a three-year PhD looking at ways children can be supported to communicate about bereavement and grief when they don't have the verbal skills to articulate how they are feeling. She has created Good Grief Toys to help children understand and communicate about death, bereavement, grief and loss....


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