On Wednesday, 18 September Roy Lilley visited the University of Bolton to find out more about the new developments we are undertaking within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Roy is a well-known health writer and commentator and his newsletter reaches around 300,000 in-boxes a week, throughout the UK and overseas, as well as having nearly 50k followers!

Roy Lilley

The event was attended by academics, students and our supporting partner staff. Dr Jane Howarth, the Dean of the Faculty, welcomed us and began the event by talking about ‘The Bolton Family – What we do Different’ . Jane was followed by a wide range of presentations including: storyboards, work with patient coaches, our support for trainee nursing associates and a new project based around care home education and expanding community placements.

Dr Jane Howarth

I was invited to present - along with a senior lecturer from the School of Nursing and Midwifery - to talk about the professionalism section which we’ve developed in LEAP Online, our award winning University of Bolton academic skills portal. The section has an activity with real-life scenarios aimed at nursing students, designed to test their skills in making decisions and giving them tips on how to handle different situations.

Roy was really interested in the professionalism section and we exchanged views on why embedding professionalism is so important and how we’ve used LEAP Online as a technique to do that. Reflecting after the event, I was delighted as a member of library staff to be invited to present and share the true collaborative nature of how professional-services staff and academics work together at the University of Bolton to deliver the very best support for our students. If you would like to find out more about the Professionalism section or LEAP Online, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

Dawn Grundy
Academic Librarian, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Organisation: University of Bolton