How will the Stafford Hospital announcement impact on our Health School provision?

QUESTION:
With the disappointing news today of acute services at Stafford hospital potentially being relocated to Stoke and Wolverhampton after consultation, what effect will this have on our health school for placement students based at Stafford, especially the midwifery courses? This will likely affect recruitment and the awards offered at Staffordshire will it not? Will the Health School remain based at Blackheath Lane or be relocated to Stoke as well?

 

ANSWER:
The proposals, if implemented, will have an impact on placements particularly in Midwifery and Children’s nursing but also to a lesser extent in Adult nursing.
The University is actively involved in the consultations and in constructive dialogue with as many of the parties involved as possible with a view to:
• retaining as many services as possible at Stafford Hospital, and
• identifying alternative placements if that should become necessary.
Those parties with whom we are in contact include the Trust, the Trust Special Administrators, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy and Health Education West Midlands who commission our programmes.
As part of the consultation, we will be emphasising the high quality education we provide as evidenced by our consistently high rating in the Guardian’s Subject Guide and responses to the National Student Survey.
It is noted that the report indicates that no changes can start to be made at the Hospital before April 14 and that some proposed changes will require considerable time to implement so we don’t envisage any immediate changes to our course provision or our ability to recruit students. Applications to our nursing and midwifery programmes have been particularly buoyant this year.

Meanwhile consultations are continuing on our Estates Strategy. We will take into account both the outcome for Stafford Hospital and the new education opportunities which are expected to form part of National Health Service reforms. A decision on the future development of the University is not due before the end of this year.

 

Are there plans to put defibrillators on campus?

QUESTION:

I have recently been for three days of first aid training and on my return realised that we don’t have any defibrillators on site. I understand that they are currently kept with estates but in the time it takes for the defib to become available the patient would already stand very little chance of survival anyway. Are there any plans for making defibs available at all of our major sites across the University? They are really easy to use and no prior training is necessary so it seems silly to send people for training and then not give them the tools to do the job efficiently.

 

ANSWER:

The University takes the safety of its staff and students seriously which is why this first aid training is provided in the first place. Our colleagues in Campus and Commercial Services are currently investigating the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for high risk areas such as Sport Centres, which could also be used to provide cover for nearby buildings.

 

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Are Exec bothered by our bullying record?

QUESTION:
Can you ask them about bullying? How many cases are there and how many people involved? As this university has a poor record of bullying, stress and has continued for some while are the exec bothered?

 

ANSWER:
The University takes bullying and harassment very seriously and investigates any such matters that are brought to its attention. Information on this matter and what to do if you are at all concerned is contained within the Bullying and Harassment Policy.

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Will defibrillators be installed at the University?

QUESTION:
As defibrillators are in the local news yet again, are they any plans to install them at the University?

 

ANSWER:
The University Health and Safety Unit is currently working with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, our first aid training provider, with a view to submit a business case for the provision of Automated External Defibrillators for use within the University during the academic year 2013 – 2014.

Are electronic cigarettes allowed in class?

QUESTION:
I had a student today ask if he was allowed to smoke an electronic cigarette in class. I’m not aware of where we stand with requests like this. Can you advise?

 

ANSWER:

Electronic cigarettes are used by some people as an alternative to a conventional cigarette and also to aid smoking cessation. Whilst there are no reported passive smoking effects or smoke/odour associated with the use of these devices, they do look very much like a conventional cigarette with a glowing tip.

For this reason, the use of these devices in buildings or within 5 metres of entrances and open windows is prohibited. The concern is that use of these devices may lead other staff and students to think that smoking is generally permitted, and will hamper staff trying to enforce the Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.

Could staff have flu vaccinations?

QUESTION:
As we all mix with a lot of people is there any way we could offer flu vaccinations to staff via occupational health?

 

ANSWER:
Thank you for your question. We have piloted this previously for which there was little take up and therefore we did not offer this more widely. We will keep this under review as part of our on-going health and wellbeing programme of work.