6th. Annual Mental Health Conference

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Our annual Student Mental Health Conference is being held at Paisley Campus on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

The 6th annual conference, entitled ‘Care, Cope, Connect’, is being organised currently by the third year UWS Mental Health Nursing students based at the Paisley Campus.

The event is held at one of the University’s four campuses each year, bringing together Mental Health Nursing students from across all the campuses.

It is anticipated that the event will  be attended by over 150 delegates, which will include UWS Mental Health Nursing students, academics and other mental health professionals from across Scotland.

Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire South and Linda Hall, Lead Professional Nurse Advisor, NHS GG&C will deliver keynote speeches at this event.

UWS Mental Health Nursing student Amy Delaney, who is a key co-ordinator of this event, said: “We are delighted by the positive response we have already received to this conference as well as the quality of keynote speakers who have agreed to participate in this important annual event.”

Kelly is the Elizabeth Crichton Postgraduate Award Winner

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Congratulations to Kelly Lumsden, who is studying for an MSc Health Studies at our Dumfries Campus, has been awarded the annual Elizabeth Crichton Postgraduate Award 2016.
Kelly, who lives in Troqueer in Dumfries, has been awarded £1000 to help with her studies at the University’s Dumfries Campus. The Crichton Foundation offers help to students who are enrolled on a course of study at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries through awards and grants.
The annual Elizabeth Crichton Postgraduate Award celebrates the achievement of Elizabeth Crichton’s vision to found a University at the Crichton. This award is made to a UWS student who shows potential for progressing their career by continuing their studies in Health and Nursing at postgraduate level. Both new and continuing students who enrol on a relevant postgraduate programme at the University’s Dumfries Campus are automatically considered for this award.

Commenting on receiving this award Kelly, who works in the Alexandra Unit at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and is undertaking the postgraduate course on a part-time basis, said: “University of the West of Scotland’s Dumfries Campus is a great place to study and I am delighted to have been named as the Elizabeth Crichton Postgraduate Award recipient.”
The thirty-two year old mother of two added: “The funding that I have received as a result of this award will be invaluable and will really help with my studies.”

For more information regarding the Crichton Foundation please visit: http://www.crichtonfoundation.org/

It’s a Knockout, Dumfries 2016

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After participating last year, they were back again. Congratulations to all the UWS Dumfries campus students, staff, family and friends who took part in the Dumfries “It’s a Knockout” for Alzheimer’s Scotland on Saturday. For details and  lots more pictures and a video! See: https://www.facebook.com/AlzscotDG/

If you want to add to the team’s charitable donation go to: Jade Butlers Just Giving Page Lets see if we can help them to reach their target.

Thanks to Anna Waugh a mental health lecturer from our School, for tweeting the pics used here.  We think she might have been on the Purple Team! Pictures from the Black Team would be welcomed!


Well Done, Michael Brennan!

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Michael Brennan with Bank of Scotland Morningside Edinburgh branch manager Sarah Horsburgh (from the Daily Record)

Michael Brennan , a retired mental health lecturer from our school has raised £10,000 plus for people with mental health problems in Ghana. Having retired from lecturing, Michael spent two lengthy periods in both 2011 and 2014 volunteering as a nurse teacher at Pantang Hospital, a very large mental health facility on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana. Since he returned he has been fundraising  to improve the lives and living conditions of the many poor patients residing within the hospital.

Having raised these funds Michael plans to return to the hospital next year in order to see for himself the difference the money has made. If you wish to contribute to what is a very deserving cause you can donate via Paypal from his blog page at: http://volunteermentalhealthghana.tumblr.com/.

Thanks to the Daily Record, which ran this story from its website on the 22nd August

A Warm Welcome to Dr. Ruth Astbury

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Dr. Ruth Astbury recently started a secondment within the School as a Lecturer/Practitioner in order to lead the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, School Nursing Programme. Up until now Ruth has always been in practice. She is a qualified Adult Nurse, Midwife, School Nurse, Health Visitor and Lecturer/Practice Educator; who currently supports Health Visitors and School Nurses in the NW Sector of Glasgow as their Practice Development Nurse. Her post with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde also includes supervising trainee Practice Teachers and supporting the development of the NHS Board Children & Families Area Research Group.

Ruth has also participated in a number of programmes alongside her practice, including completing a Clinical Doctorate Programme at the University of Stirling in 2015. A  paper, which has recently been accepted for publication by the Journal of Clinical Nursing, reflects part of her research study which ‘explored the processes which support shared decision making when parents and health visitors are planning to improve the wellbeing of babies and children – within the context of Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)’.

Over the last 15 years she has also participated in various research projects, in a number of different roles by supporting studies in clinical areas where she has worked. This has created opportunities for her to work with, and to learn from, experienced researchers . She collected data for the Evaluation of the West of Scotland Family Health Record, facilitated the Breastfeeding in Groups (BiG) Trial, and analysed data in a Leadership in Community Nursing project. Ruth is based in Paisley Campus, two days each week.

Break a Leg Jordan!

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Good luck to Jordan Taylor, one of our mental health nursing students at Hamilton who is joining the cast of ‘Glasgow Live Productions’ new run of ‘Rent’ at Websters Theatre in Glasgow..
Jordan (front right in this cast pic below) is a keen theatre goer and performer, and will be in the Glasgow Live cast for the show running from Wednesday 31st August – Saturday 3rd September. If you would like to see her perform you can buy tickets from the theatre website at: http://www.webstersglasgow.com/whats-on/

Jordan and the cast are also working alongside Waverley Care: Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity to raise funds. If you want to find more and/or donate go to: http://www.waverleycare.org/


Another Great Blog by One of Our Students

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Well done Samantha McCluskey; a student entering her honours year in our BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care programme, who this week contributed to the Self-management Network Blog, sharing her thoughts on the many barriers and challenges faced by people living with long term conditions.


In particular, Samantha discusses the barriers and challenges that are not frequently recognised for people who have dysphagia. Read Samantha’s thoughts  by following the link below on how simple changes can improve life for people experiencing dysphagia.


For more information about the Honours Programme that Samantha is involved in go to: http://www.uws.ac.uk/baintegratedhealthandsocialcare/