Cyber security up for discussion at Breakfast Briefing

Cyber security will come under the spotlight in the next Breakfast Briefing at University Campus Aylesbury Vale in Walton Road, Aylesbury, from 8am-10am on Friday 27 January.

Phil Wood MBE (pictured), Director of the Cyber Resilience Centre at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, will explain and discuss the continuing and increasing growth of cyber threats.

The event is primarily aimed at businesses and organisations in the region, raising awareness and offering guidance and advice on managing cyber risks, protecting against crime, and mitigating against information loss.

University Campus Aylesbury Vale is a partnership between Bucks New University and Aylesbury College and academics from the University’s Resilience, Business and Computing teams will also be available to talk about how they can help businesses to be ‘cyber resilient’.

Mr Wood, who is also Head of School for Management and Professional Studies at Bucks New University, said: “This Breakfast Briefing looks at how we can consider the safe and secure use of our computers and mobile devices in a world filled with unscrupulous hackers and cyber criminals. We will discuss what cyber is, who the adversaries are, what we can do about it, and how people can get help.

“Cyber threats could come from individuals, organised criminals, terrorists or even governments and they are targeting the vulnerable and unprotected to steal their money and to damage businesses and national interests.

“Potential criminals know that people are technology-dependent and also know that people generally don’t understand the threat. Most importantly they know that our mobile and connected lives make their job so much easier.”

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Health experts discuss rehabilitation brain injury technology

Top health experts discussed the use of technology for rehabilitation after brain injury at a free training afternoon on Friday (9 December 2016) at University Campus Aylesbury Vale.

The ‘Promoting Technology in Neurorehabilitation’ session, run by the Community Head Injury Service (CHIS), Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire New University’s Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL), was attended by 55 professionals ranging from occupational therapists to service managers.

Firas Sarhan, Director of CETAL, based at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said there was a lot of open discussion and it went ‘extremely well’.

He said: “It is evident that the value of information technology in the management of cognitive difficulties after brain injury is increasingly recognised. This event was a result of a one year collaborative work on the evaluation of promoting the use of technology to enable self-management of cognitive difficulties after brain injury in a group setting.”

CETAL focuses on research, evaluation and teaching and learning, and is aimed at helping people continue to live in their own homes by using technology to detect a deterioration in their medical condition and give a better picture of their progress to medical professionals.

Participants had the chance to tour the living lab at CETAL and exchange ideas and thoughts for possible collaboration in future.

Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist/Head of Service at CHIS, said: “It was an excellent afternoon with practitioners from Buckinghamshire Community Head Injury Services sharing innovative work with technology to the benefits of other practitioners from other healthcare trusts who are clearly highly motivated to integrate technology into their practice.”

Other speakers at the event included Clinical Neuropsychologist Scott Fergusson, Peter Jarritt of NIHR Health Technology Cooperative and Clara Buckle, Occupational Therapist at CHIS, among others.

Picture caption (L-R): IT consultant Steve Wiseman, consultant clinical neuropsychologist/head of service at CHIS Andy tyerman, occupational therapists Clara Buckle and Sue Brentnall, principal clinical psychologist Scott Fergusson, work placement consultant Martin Hillier, director of CETAL Firas Sarhan and NIHR health technology cooperative Peter Jarritt.

Introduction to Expert Witness Work

Date: Thursday 26th January
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV), 59 Walton St., Aylesbury HP21 7QG (Parking not available on site)
Cost: £199* (Lunch & Refreshments included)
CPD Certificate: Certificate of Attendance (equivalent of 5 hours of teaching).

Many professionals are now being asked to provide expert witness reports and to give evidence in courts and before tribunals, whilst the regulations and law covering this area have become a minefield for the uninitiated. Whilst this line of work can be academically and professionally fascinating and stimulating, and financially rewarding, many young professionals are afraid to carry out expert work for fear of professional censure or worse.

This is an interdisciplinary expert witness training day which will enable postgraduates and professionals of many different disciplines to explore a broad range of issues involved in preparing and delivering an expert witness testimony. The full course would also provide the core areas of practical knowledge needed in becoming an expert witness. The Introduction to Expert Witness Work training day will cover: Context; What is an expert?; The role of the expert; Working in the Justice System.

This is the 1st day of a University short course entitled “Expert Witness Training for Health Care Professionals”. The remainder of the course will be delivered 1 day a month (over 6 months), details of which are provided to participants in advance of Thursday 26th January. Note: “Introduction to Expert Witness Work” is a stand-alone day for which there will be a Certificate of Attendance.

The delivery and curriculum team is made up of professionals from the fields of Law, Psychiatry and Psychology:

Law: Neelam Sarkaria – experienced prosecutor and policy lawyer, Chair of Association of Women Barristers, ex-Head of Criminal Justice Unit (CPS, Aug 2010-March 2015), Attorney General’s Office Advisor (MoJ), ex-Head of Portfolio & Governance Unit (OCJR).

Psychiatry: Dr. Danny Allen – Consultant Adult & Addictions Psychiatrist (with experience in NHS Community Mental Health Teams, Rehabilitation Psychiatry and Private Practice), Medico-legal Expert Witness, Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine, accredited Expert Witness (Civil).

Psychology: Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe – Head of Academic Department (Psychology), Programme Leader for BSc. (Hons) Criminological Psychology and BSc. (Hons) Psychology & Criminology, Lecturing (Legal Psychology, Victimology, Understanding Violence etc.), Research (Restorative Justice, Police & Community Attitudes to Mental Health, Critical Incident Stress & Naturalistic Decision Making).

To register your interest for this course please complete this short form.

*Bucks New University student rate: £50