NHS70 with the University of Plymouth

Celebrating the everyday heroes – our staff, students and alumni – who work, study and research in health and medicine professions.

We're a proud partner in the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, and have long had strong links with Derriford Hospital, at teaching, consultant and patient level. 

We're looking to the future of health and medicine by reflecting on, and celebrating, the medical and technological advancements and the real-world experiences of those at the forefront of patient care.

Celebrate 70 years of the NHS with us, and join the conversation online with #NHS70.


Antibiotic awareness

Do deep sea sponges hold the key to antibiotic resistance?

Mat Upton, Professor in Medical Microbiology and his team from the University of Plymouth think that the solution to antibiotic resistance may lie deep under the surface of the ocean, in dark, cold environments where weird and wonderful sponges live.

Mat, who is also the lead for the University's Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens Research Group, led a talk at TEDxTruro questioning if new antibiotics can be found in deep, dark places.

Innovation and digital at the heart of the University

Epilepsy monitoring app leads the way for NHS70

EpSMon, an app that helps people with epilepsy manage their condition, is one of six projects chosen by the NHS to celebrate digital innovation within healthcare.

EpSMon, developed by a team of partners including the University's Dr Craig Newman, is designed to help people monitor their epilepsy in between their visits to doctors. In a short film on the NHS Choices YouTube channel, two users’ share their perspectives on how it has changed their lives.

<p>EpSMon, the epilepsy self-monitoring app developed by a South West partnership including the University of Plymouth, is to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme<br></p>

New research shows dementia could be detected via routinely collected data

In the UK, around 50 per cent of people with dementia live with the condition unaware. Now a new machine-learning model that scans routinely collected NHS data has shown promising signs of being able to predict undiagnosed dementia in primary care.

Led by the University of Plymouth, the study collected Read-encoded data from 18 consenting GP surgeries across Devon, UK, for 26,483 patients aged over 65.

Learn more about the study

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Digital solutions for healthcare challenges

Digital technologies are shaping the way in which we care for people with life changing health issues, from wearable technology enabling self-management of health conditions, to robotic companionship to alleviate dementia symptoms.

Projects like EPIC work directly with patients to form creative digital solutions for lives lived with health conditions. This grass-roots approach brings together those in need of solutions with the digital experts who can pioneer the technology that really match the needs of the patients. All of this, backed with academic expertise from the University and a challenge fund to support innovations.

Learn more about this European Regional Development Fund project.

Plymouth's virtual dissection table

The University was the first in the South West to invest in the ‘cutting edge’ technology of a virtual dissection table, which is used to teach anatomy to medical, dental and physician associate students.

The Anatomage table is the most technologically advanced anatomy virtual dissection and visualisation system for anatomy education, and is used in conjunction with volunteer model patients, medical imaging, plastic models, and e-resources to teach anatomy to the University’s medical, dental and physician associate students since 2015.

<p>Siobhan Moyes Anatomage table LSRC</p>

Dr Siobhan Moyes

Virtual dissection table

The table allows users to virtually ‘peel back’ layers of tissue to reveal underlying structures. Users can rotate the bodies, zoom in on specific areas and isolate particular organs or physical structures for closer examination. It has also been pre-programmed with images showing various clinical conditions, such as collapsed lungs or arthritic joints, allowing students to better understand the related anatomy, surgical approaches and how the condition must affect the patient.

Dr Siobhan Moyes, Lead in Anatomy in the Plymouth Medicine School, was invited to present at the Anatomage User Group Meeting (UGM) in California in summer 2017 and shared how she had integrated the cutting edge Anatomage table into teaching.

Discover more about virtual dissection teaching practice

Begin your future in healthcare

The University offers the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West. Your learning experience will be enhanced by our state-of-the-art clinical facilities, joined up working and real life placement opportunities across the region. 

Join us – become a healthcare professional of the future
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SHINE – Self Help Inspiring E-Resources

SHINE is created by students, counsellors and researchers. Watch, read, listen, find apps and useful links to the best online resources and information about mental health and well-being.

SHINE at Plymouth categorises student friendly content on mental health and well-being.

View SHINE resources
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Technology Enhanced Learning for Medicine and Dentistry (TELMeD)

The Technology Enhanced Learning for Medicine and Dentistry (TELMeD) team develop, manage and support virtual and physical technology enhanced learning environments within the Faculty of Health.

This specialist area incorporates:

  • physical learning spaces
  • institutional virtual learning environments
  • personalised learning environments 
  • mobile and immersive learning environments. 
Supporting teaching and enhancing your learning through innovative, cost-effective technologies is TELMeD’s overarching mission.

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