Research quality recognised as St George’s picks up another Centre of Excellence accreditation

Leading edge research from St George's, University of London has significantly contributed to a Hypertension Centre of Excellence accreditation for the Blood Pressure Unit at St George's Hospital,Tooting.

The unit, part of the Department of Cardiology at the hospital, is a specialist hypertension centre for south London, the only unit of its kind in the region, taking patients with complex blood pressure problems from across southeast England. It provides outstanding clinical care to patients and is one of only five in the world to be named a Hypertension Centre of Excellence in 2013 by the European Hypertension Society.

Social worker who spearheaded reforms after death of Baby P awarded honorary degree

A social work expert responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of a major reform programme for the profession in the wake of the death of Baby P has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden Council, chaired the government’s Social Work Task Force, set up in 2009 to come up with proposals to transform social work. She then headed up the Social Work Reform Board tasked with implementing the reforms.

Credible information crucial for NHS managers, says senior academic

Radical restructuring of the NHS is breaking up the information networks health service managers rely on and could result in lost repositories of knowledge, warns a leading healthcare management expert. Professor Christine Edwards from Kingston Business School – along with researchers from Kingston University and St George’s, University of London – studied the factors assisting or preventing NHS managers making better use of information to make decisions.

Professor Edwards said that executives across the NHS – from nursing and clinical bosses to those who headed up personnel and finance departments – were being asked to take crucial decisions about its future. To do so effectively they need to be armed with good quality data, she said.

3D holographic projection trialled in SGUL medical lectures

Medical students have had a glimpse into the possible future of education at a trial of 3D holographic projection technology carried out to examine its effect as a learning tool.

3D animations of human anatomy and physiology were beamed into a lecture hall for a series of medical lectures at St George’s, University of London. The students’ feedback is now being studied to investigate whether the technology – which does not require 3D glasses to view – aided their understanding of complex topics.

Chronic knee pain self-management programme praised by NICE as example of good practice

A programme helping patients to manage their own chronic knee pain, based at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, has been hailed as a national example of good healthcare practice.

The project demonstrates how group physiotherapy can achieve as effective results as single-patient sessions in equipping patients to self manage chronic knee pain, for around half the cost. Following a successful trial at Sevenoaks Hospital, the scheme has been singled out as a case study by the government’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence Quality (NICE).