Olympic spirit conquers social isolation at historical house challenge day

A capering hermit wearing a raccoon on his head and a cheeky, old-fashioned milkman from the 1970s may not sound like natural Olympians. But together they helped 100 south London people of all ages and abilities overcome personal challenges at a cultural Olympiad designed to boost wellbeing and community interaction.

The Olympiad challenge event at Marble Hill and Ham House at Richmond was part of a unique community project – called heritage2health (h2h) – that aims to open up the arts, culture and heritage locations to people with disabilities or who are socially isolated. Heritage2health is based at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, a joint collaboration between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Getting to the heart of the problem

Doctors working to cut the number of people in the UK who die from undiagnosed cardiac conditions each year will be presenting their research at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition which opens today (3 July).  Every week 12 seemingly fit and healthy young people under the age of 35 die from these conditions.

Approximately 75 per cent of these 600 sudden cardiac deaths a year occur without any prior symptoms. The team based at St George's, University of London and funded by the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) is particularly interested in exercise-related sudden cardiac death. Many sports bodies now recommend or insist that young athletes are screened for disorders. One in 300 of the individuals tested are identified as having a potentially life threatening condition and one in 100 are identified with a less serious cardiac abnormality that may cause problems from the middle age.

Study tackling taboos of incontinence and dementia wins category prize at RCGP research paper awards

A study on managing incontinence among people with dementia who live at home has won its category at the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award ceremony.

The paper was co-authored by Professor Vari Drennan and Laura Cole of the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

New physiotherapy Master’s degree to boost career options for graduates

A new Master’s in Physiotherapy is set to be launched in London next year, aimed at graduates keen to develop the skills needed to play a key role at the heart of the profession.

The two-year MSc programme will be run by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences – a joint partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

NHS London recognises high-quality training

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences is poised to play an even bigger role in educating the capital’s nurses and physiotherapists after signing two major NHS London contracts.

The announcement means the Faculty, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, will see a 6 per cent increase in student numbers and receive a significant boost in funding. It also paves the way for the launch of a new Master’s in Physiotherapy, aimed at graduates eager to play a key role in the profession.