News: March 2017

Learning disability nursing student volunteering in Ghana

On 28th of August, 2017 Iola Mair Morris a second year Learning Disability nursing student will be going to Ghana to volunteer for two weeks.  The project cares for people and children with learning disability providing opportunities to volunteer in hospitals, orphanages and schools.

Publication date: 30 March 2017

National Assembly for Wales pilots Academic Fellowships with Bangor University

Two Bangor University academics are to share their expertise to enable Assembly Members to develop policy and practice for the benefit of the people of Wales.

Dr Alexandra Plows of Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences and Dr Catrin Hedd Jones of the School of Healthcare Sciences will spend time working on specific projects alongside the Assembly’s Research Service under new Academic Fellowships being piloted by the National Assembly for Wales.

Publication date: 29 March 2017

 Bangor student nurse shortlisted for national award

The School of Healthcare Sciences is delighted to announce that Robson Sengwe (3rd year student Nurse from Bangor University’s Wrexham Campus) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Student Nursing Times 2017 award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs.

Publication date: 17 March 2017

Can ‘lay carers’ help more at the end of life?

Most people in the UK who are dying would prefer to be looked after at home.  Health care professionals try to enable this to happen.  A new research project led by Bangor University is investigating one way to make this a reality for more people.

Home care is usually provided by District Nurses, working with many other team members including general practitioners, hospice doctors and nurses, and Macmillan or Marie Curie services.  Family members are taught how to care for their loved one, and generally call a District Nurse if there are difficult symptoms.  As people get weaker in the last few weeks or days of life, they become unable to swallow.  At this point, a syringe driver is set up to give medicines under the skin over 24 hours.  While this often relieves most symptoms, some symptoms may break through and need extra doses of medication (called ‘breakthrough’ symptoms).   Then, the family usually call in the district nurse who can give extra doses of medicine as injections.  But, this can take a long time, often more than an hour.  The wait can be distressing for the patient and their carers, who then feel powerless to help.   Usually, family care would not include giving injections for these breakthrough symptoms, even though this is legal and practical.

Bangor University is working with partners in Cardiff University and Gloucester NHS Trust, to research whether lay carer role extension to give these ‘as needed’ injections should be more widely adopted or not in the UK. 

Publication date: 15 March 2017

The ethical procurement of healthcare products

Bangor University School of Healthcare Sciences contributed to Fairtrade Fortnight with a seminar led by Lucy Bryning, a researcher from CHEME (Centre for Health Economics and Medical Evaluation) and Jude Field, a midwifery lecturer and member of the University Fairtrade Steering Group. The seminar focused on ethical concerns surrounding the manufacturing and NHS procurement of medical supplies, such as surgical instruments, textiles and examination gloves.

Publication date: 9 March 2017

Bangor University subjects join elite in world table

Newly published analysis of the latest influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Six subjects and one subject area taught at Bangor University feature among the world’s elite universities in this year’s release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Agriculture and Forestry appearing in the top 100 institutions worldwide who teach the subject and rising from among last year’s 200 top Universities.

Publication date: 8 March 2017