Dean's Update | January 2024

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As we welcome in a new year with new beginnings and a sense of starting afresh our thoughts may turn to resolutions for the year to come - a new exercise regime, a new language, climbing a mountain or learning to play an instrument!  

However, whilst a grand ambition is to be respected, it is often the smallest achievements that can make the most difference. Just being there for a friend, or sparing a moment for someone who needs support, can do a lot for the giver and receiver through a simple act of kindness. 

This month we find out how an initiative set up by Dr Gaby Titley-Wilson & Dr Chloe Ward has been doing just that by addressing the issue of patient deconditioning and the subsequent challenges it brings to patient recovery by buying and sourcing clothing and toiletries for patients. Find out more about Donate2motivate. 

Ambition does come in all shapes and sizes: this month six spectacular dancing couples took part in the LMSS and Artefacts Strictly Come Dancing competition. Held in the splendour of St George’s Hall, the event showcased a live band, spectacular dancing and an impressive panel of judges. But supporting others was the main driver for those taking part and impressively helped raise over £2000 for local charities, including Claire House Hospice and KIND Liverpool.  

Finally, it might not have been his ambition to help deliver a baby by elective caesarean this year, but one of our third-year students, Flyn did just that when he turned up for his placement, and on his birthday too.  

Flyn reflected on this by saying ‘it was privilege to be a part of’ and I’m sure you all recognise how precious it is to be part of someone’s journey and make your own impact on their lives and yours. 

Why not think about something new you can explore this year, whether that be the possibility of a particular career, trying out the Artefacts choir or band, or even a new sweatshirt!