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Strong leadership of allied health professions key to transforming NHS, according study by Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Posted Wednesday 25 July 2018

Strong leadership of allied health professions key to transforming NHS, according study by Kingston University and St George's, University of London

Ensuring the 14 allied health professions - including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and paramedic science - have robust, strategic-level leadership in place is key to unlocking their potential to transform patient care across the NHS, new research by Kingston University and St George's, University of London, has revealed.

Deborah Harding and Elizabeth Treadwell from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George's, were commissioned by healthcare regulator NHS Improvement to examine current leadership of the allied health professions (AHPs) across NHS provider Trusts in England....


Campaign supported by Kingston University Professor's research leads to extension of HPV vaccine to 400,000 UK boys to protect against certain cancers

Posted Friday 20 July 2018

Campaign supported by Kingston University Professor's research leads to extension of HPV vaccine to 400,000 UK boys to protect against certain cancers

Research by Kingston University professor Giampiero Favato has contributed to the decision by health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales to extend the national HPV vaccination programme to include adolescent boys by September next year.

Professor Favato – Director of Kingston Business School's Institute for Leadership and Management in Health – modelled the complexities of human sexual behaviour and the impact this could have on the transmission of HPV. The results demonstrated the limitations of previous research in to the cost-effectiveness of HPV vaccination and raised the concern that public healthcare policy might have been built upon incomplete studies. His research was published on Vaccine, the most authoritative scientific journal in the field of public health immunisation....


Healthcare experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London reflect on the challenges facing the NHS at 70

Posted Thursday 5 July 2018

Healthcare experts from Kingston University and St George's, University of London reflect on the challenges facing the NHS at 70

Mortality rates among people with learning disabilities should be a wake-up call for all health professionals, according to a leading nursing expert from Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Daniel Marsden, senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, said addressing these kind of health inequalities was one of the key challenges facing the NHS as it turned 70.

"The national mortality rate for people with learning disabilities was published in May, and what that said was people with learning disabilities die twenty years younger than you or I," Mr Marsden said. "That should be a wake-up call to professionals in all services. It's something we all need to be thinking about and looking at - to ask ourselves whether we find that acceptable or not."...


Second World War-era wristwatches could pose cancer risk due to radon exposure, according to new study by experts from Kingston University and University of Northampton

Posted Friday 15 June 2018

 Second World War-era wristwatches could pose cancer risk due to radon exposure, according to new study by experts from Kingston University and University of Northampton

Wristwatches passed down by Second World War soldiers to their families could emit potentially dangerous levels of radiation, new research by experts from Kingston University and the University of Northampton has found. Collectors and descendants of ex-servicemen could be at risk of radon exposure  – a leading cause of lung cancer deaths – from the antique timepieces, according to the study.

The gas comes from the paints used to make their dials glow in the dark, and the research sought to establish how harmful it could be. Kingston University's Professor of Environmental Geoscience Gavin Gillmore and Dr Robin Crockett, from the University of Northampton, tested a collection of 30 antique, radium-dial watches which were found to collectively emit radon concentrations 134 times greater than the United Kingdom's recommended safe level when kept in a space the size of a typical boxroom....


Making maths fun: Estimation games to help nurseries and parents improve pre-schoolers' skills created by Kingston University expert

Posted Wednesday 13 June 2018

Making maths fun: Estimation games to help nurseries and parents improve pre-schoolers' skills created by Kingston University expert

A series of number games proven to boost pre-school children's confidence and ability in maths in just five weeks has been produced for nurseries and parents by a leading child psychologist from Kingston University.

Dr Jo Van Herwegen created the games as part of a research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation examining how to improve young children's performance in the key subject. Many nursery providers admitted they often struggled to find appropriate ways to support pre-schoolers' maths learning, so the games were designed to help plug this gap, she explained....


More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures of supporting people with dementia, report co-authored by Kingston University expert reveals

Posted Tuesday 22 May 2018

More support needed to protect home carers from emotional pressures of supporting people with dementia, report co-authored by Kingston University expert reveals

Care workers who provide personal and domestic care to older people with dementia in their own homes are at risk of feeling under emotional strain and some don't get as much support as they need, according to a new study.

Researchers at Kingston University and King's College London explored some of the pressures facing homecare workers in London and the South East of England. They found that, while managers and home care workers had clear ideas of what their professional boundaries should be, home carer sometimes found themselves crossing that line, or being asked to take on tasks beyond their job role....


Kingston University expert appointed to Research Excellence Framework equality panel outlines need to break down gender and ethnicity barriers in research careers

Posted Thursday 17 May 2018

Kingston University expert appointed to Research Excellence Framework equality panel outlines need to break down gender and ethnicity barriers in research careers

Using the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to encourage universities to support the careers of all academic staff equally is an opportunity that must not be missed, according a senior healthcare researcher from Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Professor Fiona Ross, a leading expert in nursing and services for older people, is a member of the REF's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel - set up to advise the REF funding bodies and 34 subject panels on all aspects of equality and diversity. Her appointment to the prestigious group followed recent work leading and commissioning and promoting research on equality, gender and ethnicity for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Leadership Foundation (now AdvanceHE)....


Urgent review on laws around bullying and cyberbullying required, Kingston University research finds

Posted Monday 14 May 2018

Urgent review on laws around bullying and cyberbullying required, Kingston University research finds

A leading psychology expert from Kingston University has called for an immediate review of laws around bullying and cyberbullying to help define exactly what constitutes a criminal offence – particularly in cases involving newer forms of abuse such as trolling, harassment and stalking on social networks.

Professor Muthanna Samara also highlighted the need for better training for mental health practitioners to help them more easily spot the signs of bullying when carrying out assessments....

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