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50 at 50: Transforming healthcare: High explosive treatment for treatment of stroke

I have been in Nottingham since 1998 having previously been a Clinical Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in South-West then South-East London. My research and clinical interest in nitric oxide, a gas comprising a molecule of just one oxygen and nitrogen atom, started when working for my MD postgraduate research degree at the “University of Beckenham”, …

50 at 50: Coping with Illness in the Digital Era: The Role of Online Peer Support

It was back in 2003 when my academic career took an unexpected turn. Everything was ticking along very nicely when I started to notice some odd symptoms. Like many people, I thought nothing of it and continued about my day-to-day business. However, things quickly deteriorated and soon I had become really very ill. Whilst those …

50 at 50: Reflections on my time at Nottingham Medical School: Achieving excellence in primary care and applied health research

My first memory of Nottingham Medical School was attending for interview for a medical school place in 1980. To my mind Nottingham had the most exciting progressive course in the country, and I particularly liked the emphasis on medicine in the community. At interview Professor Richard Madeley asked what I would do if I had …

50 at 50: Graduate Entry Medicine, A Different Kind of Freedom

Medicine was almost a spur of the moment choice for me, I don’t quite want to say an epiphany. I hadn’t given it any thought at all until I virtually stumbled across the concept of Graduate Entry Medicine during a rather drawn out period of soul- and job searching in my late twenties. I still …

50 at 50: Women in Medicine – Pain Inequality: A Healthcare Bias  

Although we are fortunate in the UK to be protected by the NHS, we unfortunately still are plagued with implicit biases which can be detrimental to the beneficence of patients. Healthcare inequality is a broad term used to call attention to the way medicine is unjustly researched, practised, taught and highlighted to the public. The term ‘bias’ is used to refer implicit stereotypes, prejudices and raises …

50 at 50: StreetDoctors

Youth violence is a serious problem in many cities across our nation. Between September 2019 and September 2020, there were 47,119 offences involving knives or sharp objects recorded by the police in England and Wales (1). These offences have been rising since 2014 and although in recent years the rate of increase has slowed, even …

50 at 50: No research about me without me! Welcoming the patient and public voice to research

A lot has happened in healthcare and research over the last 50 years since the University of Nottingham Medical School was born. Not just in breakthrough treatments and diagnostics, blockbuster drug development and in tackling our first pandemic since 1918; but also in opening up medicine and healthcare to include the views and experiences of …

50 at 50: PINCER – transforming healthcare

Medication errors in general practice are an important and expensive preventable cause of patient safety incidents associated with morbidity, hospitalisations and deaths. PINCER is a pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care and was developed and tested by researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, led by Prof Tony Avery and Dr …

50 at 50: Utilising your opportunities

Working with several societies over the past couple years in Medical School has not only given me a bunch of new skills but also helped me get acquainted with some great people in Nottingham and beyond! My main takeaway is irrespective of which stage year you are in, there is always something to get involved with!  As …

50 at 50: LGBT+ History Month

This latest instalment in a series of blogs to mark the 50/30 celebrations of medicine and nursing at Nottingham coincides with LGBT+ History month, serendipity of which I will take full advantage. The Medical School was opened  just three years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.  In the intervening decades,  there is no …