Health academy launched for better NHS workforce

A health academy has been launched to help the NHS get the best workforce in the West Midlands and enable health workers to get jobs in the sector.

The academy, a partnership between universities and the NHS Trusts in the region, will aim to provide the best advice and guidance on employment within the NHS as well as movement into and between each educational institution for thousands of people.

The Midlands’ Health Academy (MHA) was initially developed through a partnership between Aston University, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, Birmingham City University and Matthew Boulton College. It now involves a wide range of employers, Midland universities and organisations including the Learning and Skills Council, Staffordshire University and Keele University.

The Academy will target local schools, colleges and universities to inspire young people to become part of the NHS workforce and will also encourage returners to work from this country and refugees who already have health care experience from their own countries and require additional training. Existing NHS workers will also benefit from the academy by having the opportunity to advance their careers through additional training and guidance.

For more details see Aston University

Premiere film course

A film course, thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, is offering a £100,000 budget to talented film makers to make a feature length production.

The MSc in digital feature film production at Staffordshire University, will give a team of seven of the best filmmakers from around the world £100,000 worth of budget and equipment to make a film of their choice, anything from a documentary to an action thriller. 

Andy Paton, senior lecturer in entertainment technology, said: “There are only a select amount of places on the course, basically one person for each role associated with filmmaking.” 

It is hoped the course, starting in April, will push the boundaries of digital cinema. 

For more see Staffordshire University.

Malaria history lectures

Staffordshire University biologist Angela Priestman is to present a series of lectures on the history of malaria after securing £30,000 of funding. 

Dr Priestman has teamed up with writer and actor Christine Watkins for three lectures exploring the malaria research of poet-scientist Ronald Ross in the late 19th Century alongside research to combat the disease. 

The performance takes place at The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford from Thursday February 7 to Saturday February 9. 

For more see Staffordshire University.

For research about tackling malaria see Killing off Malaria on Medicine and Health on ideasforlifetv.