First St George’s community open day celebrates a Tooting success story

Around 2,000 people enjoyed St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London’s first community open day, which took place on Saturday 18th June.

The day was officially opened by the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jane Cooper, while the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting, was also on hand to lend his support.

Study confirming statin-diabetes link finds NICE-recommended drug is not best for patients on high doses

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, but this risk is outweighed by the protection they offer against coronary events such as heart attack and stroke, confirms a new large-scale study. The same study also showed that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)-recommended statin does not protect against coronary events as effectively as an alternative statin amongst patients taking high doses.

Statins are prescribed to people at risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke to reduce levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol.

Faculty courses come top in London

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences has been given top marks by NHS London for three of its courses, and all others have made significant improvements. The Faculty – run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London – was named the best of the capital’s education providers in therapeutic radiography, children’s nursing, and learning disability nursing courses, and second best in physiotherapy.

The Faculty was the most overall improved higher education provider rated by NHS London’s Contract Performance Management system. These ratings measure how well NHS-commissioned nursing, midwifery and allied health profession course providers are meeting their obligations.

St George's community heritage group tackles social isolation

More than 100 people of all ages and abilities overcame personal hurdles at a tailored challenge event day at south London historic sites.

The event at Marble Hill and Ham House at Richmond was part of a unique community project – called heritage2health – to promote wellbeing and engagement among adults and children at risk of becoming socially isolated. Heritage2health is based in Tooting at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

New public-private partnership offers more university places for international students

Today, St George’s, University of London and INTO University Partnerships agreed a venture that offers four new degree-level and pre-university courses in medicine and biomedical sciences, aimed at international students.

Places on courses offered through the joint venture, called INTO St George’s, University of London, will be additional to those offered by existing programmes at St George’s, where international student numbers are currently capped by the government.