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Area of research. It has been suggested that irregular physical exertion, unhealthy diet and shift work alongside occupational situations of high demand and low control can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease in emergency responders (Kales et al., 2009). Read more

Area of research

It has been suggested that irregular physical exertion, unhealthy diet and shift work alongside occupational situations of high demand and low control can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease in emergency responders (Kales et al., 2009). This includes police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services. Three quarters of emergency responders demonstrated blood pressure values of prehypertension or hypertension (Kales et al., 2009). A contributing factor to the elevated blood pressure was related to the fact that 75% of the population reviewed were overweight or obese as categorised by body mass index (BMI). This suggests that emergency responders (Kales et al., 2009) have increased risk factors for metabolic syndrome. These risk factors of metabolic syndrome; obesity, dislipidemia, hyperglycemia and hypertension, have been linked to sub-clinical electrocardiographic (ECG) measures of cardiovascular disease (Elffers et al., 2017). It can therefore be considered that front line police officers may demonstrate increased risk factors for metabolic syndrome, and an early indication of cardiovascular disease. Further to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, BMI has been found to have a negative correlation with functional movement patterns in firefighters (Cornell et al., 2017). Therefore, this suggests that overweight or obese emergency responders may be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury. 

Aim

The aim is to identify the physical health of the Bedfordshire Police Force, highlighting factors that may lead to an increased risk of hypertension, metabolic syndrome and musculoskeletal injury. This study will be cross sectional in design, with one observation point for all physiological variables. The police force will be grouped into front line staff and office workers, all physiological measures including body mass and composition, blood pressure, cholesterol, height, lung function resting glucose and heart rate will be compared for differences between the two groups. In addition, exaggerated blood pressure response to exercise and VO2MAX will also be calculated, respectively. All the outlined measures will be used to predict future skeletal muscle injuries and illnesses including, hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, metabolic syndrome. 

Funding

This studentship will cover fees for a full year-long MSc by Research alongside costs towards the dissemination of the findings (i.e. conference attendance, publication fees). 

Start date

Applicants should be available for a 19th March 2018 start date. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 19th February 2018 and/or week commencing 26th February 2018. 

The successful candidate and the experienced supervisory team of Dr Jeff Aldous (), Dr Jo Richards () and Dr Andrew Mitchell () will be responsible for developing the final project outline. 

*Subject to satisfactory progress on PP1 and PP2. 



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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Our postgraduate diploma online course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in this medical area.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence.
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Develop and deliver interventions for the wider population and safely use preventative cardiovascular approaches in specific cases.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1798-postgraduate-diploma-in-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (20 credits)
This module focuses on the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.

Cardiovascular Risk Management (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
- Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice (20 credits)*
This module develops a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Management of Lipid Disorders (20 credits)
This module ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management (20 credits)
This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations (20 credits)
This module involves gaining a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course promotes and enhances professional skills and knowledge among its students that have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. It is envisaged that students will be GPs, medical trainees in Diabetes, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry in addition to Allied Health Professionals, and Practice Nurses running CV clinics.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box, the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:
- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK
- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine
- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of - FH Wales Professional Advisory Group
- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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·        . Postgrad Advanced Course. of the. University of Milan. in collaboration with. Read more

·        Postgrad Advanced Course of the University of Milan in collaboration with VAS-Vascular-Independent Research and Education-European Organisation (http://www.vas-int.net )

 ·       Extended deadline: 10th April 2018

 ·        E-Learning Course + opzional 15th European Angiology Days-30th November-2nd December 2018 (Academic International Meetings)

 ·        The Course gives a final Certificate by the University of Milan and European Credits (ECMEC)

 ·        For students interested to continue for the European Master in Angiology/Vascular Medicine , these hours of theoretical lessons and the Postgraduate Course enrolment fee* will be subtracted from the European Master scheduled.    

European Master in Angiology Vascular Medicine is the only Master which permits access (see criteria in EBEAVM area) to the UEMS European Exam in Angiology/Vascular Medicine to obtain the CESMA-UEMS European Diploma in Angiology/Vascular Medicine and is also the briefest way to access

Topics: 

Introduction to eLearning Tools and VASCampus Platform (http://www.vascampus.star-t.it); Biomedical Ethics; The Process to the “European Citizen” in Medicine;

The Concept of Equity and the WHO prospective in Vascular and Cardiovascular Diseases;

Changing Vascular Mortality in middle age; Global Burden of lower extremity artery disease . Update; Peripheral Arterial Diseases – Clinical Aspects and Prognosis; Peripheral Arterial Diseases – Diagnosis and Therapy; Interventional Therapy in Arterial Diseases; Diagnostic Procedures in Microcirculation; Thermal Ablation of varicose veins; Endovenous Treatment : guided Foam Sclerosing Tecniques; Arterial and Venous Thrombosis; Lymphedema; Vascular Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract; Vascular Ultrasound: Abdominal Arteries; Statistics; Buerger;

Vascular Ultrasounds Peripheral Veins: Vasospastic Disorders; Aortic Aneurism; Post-Thrombotic Syndrome; CEAP Classification; Atherosclerosis; A-V Fistulas; Vascular Abnormalities;

Lyphedema versus Lymphedema; Renal Vascular Diseases; Antiplatelet and Anticoagulants in Vascular Diseases; Update in Arterial Hypertension; Carotids and Vertebral Arteries Ultrasounds;

Intracranial Doppler; How to evaluate methanalysis; Vascular ulcers; Polmonary embolism;

Aortic Dissection; Physical Rehabilitation; Diabetes 2 and Vascular Diseases; Unusual PAD;

Diet and Vascular Diseases; Epidemiology of infectious agents in vascular ulcers; Polmonary vasculitis; Takayasu; Lipids and Vascular Diseases; Cerebrovascular Disease

And 20 more optional topics

 



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Research profile. The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases. Read more

Research profile

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases.

We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies.

In 2008, the Centre was designated as one four British Heart Foundation Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and was awarded £7.6M over a six-year period.

Major research efforts are directed at:

  • the metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and disruption
  • prenatal programming of cardiovascular disease
  • renal dysfunction and hypertension
  • mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction
  • circadian biology
  • cell biology

Training and support

The Centre has an excellent track record for training provision to basic scientists and clinicians. Trainees on our programmes receive direct support from at least two academic advisors during their studies and a dedicated thesis committee provides guidance throughout the programme of research. In addition to research training, the Centre boasts both an active seminar series and a forum for presentation of research in progress.

The Centre offers training to clinicians and basic scientists from biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds. Several training schemes are offered, covering full- and part-time study.

In addition, there are three distinct 4-year PhD programmes, applications for which should be made directly to the Centre.

Facilities

The CVS is situated in the £50 million, purpose-built Queen's Medical Research Institute adjacent to the new Medical School and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France. Trainees can access the BHF Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities. In addition, the Centre supports a high quality suite for in vivo physiological studies.



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Our MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course will give you thorough training in this area alongside lab-based research placements. Read more

Our MSc Cancer Research and Molecular Biomedicine course will give you thorough training in this area alongside lab-based research placements.

As this is a research-focused master's course, you will take an interactive approach to learning through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and research placements rather than traditional lectures.

You will take three transferable skills units covering topics such as experimental design and statistics and science communication, as well as two research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on various processes relating to tumourigenesis. These include:

  • understanding cell cycle control mechanisms and how they are disrupted in the formation of a tumour;
  • investigating the cell fate choices of normal cells, and how these differ in cancer cells;
  • investigating how cell signals regulate gene expression in different types of cells, and how this flow of information is compromised in cancer cells.

If you want to broaden your expertise beyond molecular cancer research, you can undertake a research placement in another area of molecular biomedicine.

We investigate the mechanisms underlying a range of diseases including hypertension, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, and we aim to develop ways of preventing and treating these. Ourresearch pages provide more information on our research interests.

Special features

Extensive research experience

Gain significant laboratory experience through two placements with leading cancer and molecular biomedicine researchers.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research placements.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • written reports on your research projects and tutorials
  • oral presentations
  • written assignments
  • posters
  • multiple choice exams
  • critical assessment of literature
  • online statistics exercises.

Course unit details

The course starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the course, of which:

  • 135 credits are from research projects
  • 45 credits are from transferable skills units.

Research projects

Your projects each run for 18 weeks starting in October and April.

  • Research Placement 1 (65 credits)
  • Research Placement 2 (70 credits)

Transferable skills

45 credits are achieved through completion of activities that develop your transferable skills in essential areas such as experimental design, statistics, bioethics (included in the tutorial and workshop unit) and science communication. Experimental Design and Statistics runs at the start of the year to prepare you for your research projects. Elements of the other units run throughout the year alongside your research projects.

  • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
  • Science Communication (15 credits)

Disclaimer: Our units teach the current trends in life sciences. Consequently, details of our units may vary over time. The University therefore reserves the right to make such alterations to units as are found to be necessary. Before accepting your offer of a course, it is essential that you are aware of the current terms on which the offer is based. This includes the units available to you. If in doubt, please contact us.

What our students say

"Doing my master's at Manchester has given me the opportunity to acquire extensive laboratory experience and enriched my knowledge in the field of cancer. This is also combined with a great student life!"

Elli Marinopoulou

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service

Career opportunities

The extensive laboratory experience you will gain on this course will equip you for a future career in bioscience research.

The University has a strong record of placing students in PhD programmes at Manchester and other universities, and several of our graduates have pursued research careers in industry.



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The aim of our Exercise as Medicine MSc is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively promote the uptake of exercise, both as a prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy. Read more

The aim of our Exercise as Medicine MSc is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively promote the uptake of exercise, both as a prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy.

As the crucial role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases and medical conditions is increasingly understood, and health practitioners are encouraged to consider exercise when designing treatment plans and health interventions, so grow the opportunities for well-qualified individuals with an understanding of research in this area.

Our Exercise As Medicine MSc has been developed in response to this trend, drawing on the University's internationally-recognised research on physical activity and health. The Exercise As Medicine programme is aimed at individuals with a background in exercise science and/or physical activity wishing to enhance their scientific knowledge and skills to effectively promote the uptake of exercise both as prescriptive medicine and as preventative therapy, particularly to patients with hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary, renal, and other cardiac conditions, or those at risk of metabolic syndrome.

This MSc will therefore educate a new, highly skilled cadre of allied health professionals with the ability to work alongside clinicians and practitioners to manage the epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions.

Based in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands, students registered on the programme will be taught in high quality teaching environments and have access to state-of-art laboratories designed to facilitate the transfer of cutting-edge research to front-line support and care. Students will be exposed to a range of specialist equipment and technology to facilitate their development.

The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) is an Olympic legacy project delivering education, research and clinical services in sport, exercise and physical activity. It aims to apply world-class expertise to policies and practice that will benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation – from everyday people at risk of ill health through to elite athletes.

A wide range of high quality research takes place within the NCSEM-EM, which is then translated into teaching and training through its educational programmes. There is also a range of clinical services offered including sport and exercise medicine, orthopaedics, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as diagnostic facilities including a 3T MRI scanner.

NCSEM activity covers the following themes:

• Physical activity in disease prevention

• Exercise in chronic disease

• Sports injuries and musculoskeletal health

• Mental health and wellbeing

• Performance health 



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This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in their chosen area of Special Interest. Read more

This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in their chosen area of Special Interest. It is taught and run by advanced clinicians, allied health professionals and service improvement specialists. It is designed for General Practitioners, Nurse Specialists and other medical professionals working in the specialty clinical environment.

There are four distinct versions of the Diploma, tailored to the following specialisms:

  • Cardiology
  • Diabetes
  • Gynaecology
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine with Rheumatology

As a part-time diploma, this programme contains a large element of work-based learning. Attendance is only required for a total of eight study days on five separate occasions throughout the 18 months, so is accessible to students nationally.

This well established programme is delivered by The Ridge Training Ltd., as an external partner to the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford. This falls under the collaborative provision regulations, so although the Programmes are taught wholly by The Ridge, quality assurance and assessment are governed by the University of Bradford regulations.

The programme structure is specifically designed to encourage the development of the specialist practitioner role, by encouraging collaborative clinical work-based training between the practitioner and the clinical mentor. The issues of ethics and informed consent are an integrated part of the students’ daily practice, and it is implicit in all the modules that there is conformity to the usual standards and guidelines in these areas.

During the programme the emphasis is on critical thinking, reflective learning and the practice of evidence-based medicine. Students are enabled to directly apply their learning to their current and future roles.

Each module has a number of set learning outcomes, and it is up to you, together with your self-identified local clinical mentor, to identify your learning needs and generate the training plan to fulfil these learning outcomes. You will have a teaching day on the clinical content of each module, after which you will attend at least 14 sessions in suitable clinics of your choice over a period of 6 months (clinical attachment). At the end of this period you will have to demonstrate your competency in managing patients, and an ability to critically reflect on your own practice.

Any module can be selected as a standalone if students do not wish to complete the whole programme. On successful completion of their chosen modules students will be awarded a Certificate. Students who successfully complete all modules gain the Diploma, and will be able to progress to the MSc for Practitioners with Special Interest if they wish. Students who successfully complete the Diploma will have greater breadth of knowledge of cardiology than those who complete the Certificate.

Students will be learning at The Ridge premises, which are located at Cousen Road, Bradford. BD7 3JX.

This is a quality venue, well equipped and an easily accessible location.

Find out more on The Ridge website.

Access:

  • Parking on site and nearby on street
  • Full disabled access via lift
  • Disabled toilet access

Professional accreditation

The Musculoskeletal Medicine with Rheumatology for Practitioners with a Special Interest version of the Diploma is endorsed by the Primary Care Rheumatology Society.

What you will study

Each module is worth 30 level 7 credits; this nominally equates to 300 hours of work.

120 credits are required to achieve Diploma level.

Certificate level can be achieved by completion of Applied Methodology plus one or two clinical modules.

Cardiology specialism

The British Cardiology Society accredit this programme

There are 3 clinical modules, each takes 6 months to complete:

  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • Hypertension and Arrhythmia
  • Heart Failure and Valvular Disease

Plus a non-clinical module – Applied Methodology. The assignments for this can be completed across the 18 months.

MSK with Rheumatology

The Primary Care Rheumatology Society (PCR) endorse this programme.

There are 3 clinical modules, each takes 6 months to complete:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Limb and Inflammatory Arthropathies
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Lower Limb and Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine and Chronic Widespread Pain Disorders

Plus a non-clinical module – Applied Methodology. The assignments for this can be completed across the 18 months.

Gynaecology

There are three clinical modules, each takes 6 months to complete:

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Pelvic Pain and Fertility
  • Family Planning, Sexual Health and Cervical Pathology
  • Menopausal Issues, Gynaecological Cancers, Incontinence and Prolapse

Plus a non-clinical module – Applied Methodology. The assignments for this can be completed across the 18 months.

Diabetes

There are three clinical modules, each takes 6 months to complete:

  • Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes; Gaining Glycaemic Control
  • Diabetes Intensification of Therapy and Living with Diabetes
  • Diabetes Care Delivery and the Detection and Management of Complications

Plus a non-clinical module – Applied Methodology. The assignments for this can be completed across the 18 months.

Study support

Students can access the extensive Study Support resources provided by the University.

See: Learning Resources

Further support offered by the University include:

  • Disability Services
  • 24 hour access to the JB Priestley Library
  • 24 hour access to some computer clusters on the main campus
  • Excellent access to the Library’s online resources
  • A dedicated distance learning librarian, and a dedicated Faculty of Health Studies librarian
  • The Health Studies collection within the JB Priestley library.

Further programme specific support is provided:

Induction takes place on the first day of the teaching programme. Students are guided through an overview of their chosen programme and the Blackboard system, where all the relevant documents are placed.

The programme tutors and the programme co-ordinator are committed to supporting students as they progress. They provide advice and guidance for all students on all aspects of the course both academically, administratively and pastorally.

Students are able to access the programme co-ordinator and tutors via individual contact (face to face, email or telephone).

Students working at the MSc level are expected to liaise on a regular basis with their project supervisor.

Research

We focus on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care.

Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners.



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