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News in Brief - January 2017


A round up of the latest news in January from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences.

Sam Noble

Final year MSc Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy students hosted their annual end of year conference, ‘The Rehabilitation Journey: Therapy Beyond the Hospital’. The conference took place on 17 January 2017 with key notes from Linda Hindle, AHP Lead for Public Health England, and Professor Alan White from the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Beckett University. Both promoted the important role of the AHPs in tackling premature mortality and disability. Throughout the day students presented their empirical research either by presentation or by poster.

Hannah Wilson, a PHD student, published a paper with Dr Osama Tashani in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Physiology, supervised with Professor Mark Johnson and Dr Peter Francis.

BSc Nutrition students, Matthew Middleton, Philippa Priestley and Rebecca Bembridge, attended Leeds City Council’s Annual HR Conference at Civic Hall on 24 January 2017. The students discussed healthy eating with LCC employees as well as providing tips for reducing fat, sugar, salt and red meat consumption in support of the council’s approach to employee health and wellbeing. They were commended by LCC’s Deputy Chief Officer for their commitment and for prompting some thought-provoking discussions on nutrition.

MSc Occupational Therapy student David Rutherford was interviewed by BBC Radio 1 News to discuss the state of the NHS and what it means to be a healthcare student.

Senior Lecturer of Sports and Exercise Therapy and Medicine, Dr Peter Francis, was selected to manage the Under 20 Men’s Irish team who competed at the Antrim International Cross Country on the weekend of 14 January 2017. After a successful day, Peter commented: "We were very proud to win both the Men's and Women's Under 20's event. In fact, endurance running particularly up to Under 23, is riding the crest of a wave at the moment led by our Head of Endurance Steven Macklin, who works 24/7 to deliver a programme on a very limited budget."

A background in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick, Peter also had his case report (co-authored with Gareth Jones and Professor Mark Johnson) ''Reduction in plantar heel pain and a return to sport after a barefoot running intervention in a female triathlete with plantar fasciitis' accepted for publication in The International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training.

Senior Lecturer in the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences, Lawrence Mayhew was featured as a contributor in the latest edition of Brukner and Kahn’s Clinical Sports Medicine fifth edition. Lawrence (co-authored with Dr Peter Francis, Gareth Jones and Professor Mark Johnson) also had a study published in the journal Science and Medicine in Football, 'Inter-rater reliability, internal consistency and common technique flaws of the Tuck Jump Assessment in elite female football players'.

Senior Lecturer Tim Briggs was invited to speak at the 'Second Annual Highly Potent Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Summit' in Berlin and the feedback from this conference was extremely positive. All responses were enthusiastic about the content and the overall quality of the conference.

Dr Pauline Fitzgerald and Dr Donna Johnson presented their work on peer mentoring at the HEA STEM conference in Manchester on 2 February 2017. Donna, with collaborators from Harper Adams University, had a paper published in the Journal of Diary Science entitled 'Added dietary sulfur and molybdenum has a greater influence on hepatic copper concentration, intake and performance in Holstein-Friesian dairy cows offered a grass silage than a corn silage based diet'.

Dr Rob Brooks who teaches on the MSc Occupational Therapy programme, gave a lecture at University College London Hospital this week on the use of Goffman’s Front Stage and Back Stage theory as a way to explain the professional practice of Occupational Therapists in mental health

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