Winners of the #IDM2017 Event for Scotland

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 The Royal College of Midwives announced yesterday that the WINNER of the best #IDM2017 event for Scotland was the  University of the West of Scotland.

The University of the West of Scotland held a celebratory conference on International Day of the Midwife. All students were invited to attend this event, providing an excellent opportunity to bring the two campuses where Midwifery is taught together and to provide networking opportunities for the different cohorts to get together.

Dr Mary Ross Davies, RCM Director (Scotland) hosted and kicked off the event which included sessions with world café workshops introducing different topics to all of the students. Honorary Professor Ann Holmes from the Scottish Government delivered a talk about the new Government policy, The Best Start. We also had representatives from the Scottish Government who were showcasing the baby boxes that all new parents will be gifted following birth. There is great excitement around this activity.

Linda Wylie, a former UWS midwifery lecturer, hosted the Virtual International Day of the Midwife from one of the classrooms on site, so attendees at the conference can link in with VIDM and learn more about the power of social media during the event.

Inspired by the RCM conference drive for knitted midwives. UWS students voted for and selected the charity Kicks Count. who also provided advertising for donations of knitted/crocheted or crafted midwives. The Midwifery Society raised more than £600 from running a number of stalls including the Knitted Midwives stall, the bottle stall, the SANDS stall and the RCM stall and a delicious sweetie cart.

One of the 1st year student midwives, Sarah Scarlett, has been awarded an Iolanthe grant to assist her in training in British Sign Language. Sarah provided an interactive session for all attendees to introduce them to a couple of signs that may be helpful when caring for women and families with hearing loss.

Sheona Brown, a Midwifery Lecturer at UWS who was key to organising the event, says,

” We had an amazing event, the sun even shone. The day was packed full of activities to learn and network, the University of the West of Scotland event also included a flashmob of an especially written IDM song. If you want to get in the mood we sang it was sang to the tune of I’d Like to Teach the World to sing. It appeared to be a rousing success.”


The RCM Regional Officer for University of the West of Scotland is Emma Currer. The team will receive a prize of £500. Congratulations!

RAMH Fundraising Dinner 2017

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The annual RAMH 2017 Dinner & Quiz was held on Friday 19th May at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew. The evening, which is sponsored and supported by the University and was hosted by the writer and broadcaster Vanessa Collingridge. Dinner & Quiz; raising £14K for local

The Dinner & Quiz; raised £14K for local  services.

As you can see from the photo’s the School was represented at the event by the Dean of School, Karen Wilson and other staff members. Disappointingly though they dod not win the Quiz!

Disappointingly though our table did not win the Quiz! Maybe next time.


Celebrating Mentorship: Inspiring Others

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Today, three students from UWS School of Health Nursing & Midwifery presented at NHS Lanarkshire Mentor Conference, which was held at Dalziel Park in Motherwell .

Megan Johnston (mental health pre-reg student), Lesley McBrearty (midwifery pre-reg student) and  Mhairiker Walker (adult nursing pre-reg student) provided an excellent overview of their experience of mentorship, and the positive impact it has had on their learning in the practice setting.

NHSL mentorship conf

In particular, Megan, Lesley and Mhaiiker highlighted how feedback from mentors was especially helpful in facilitating learning and improving overall confidence.

One Week Until the School of Health’s, Nursing and Midwifery 2017 Careers Fair

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Calling all Nursing students – just over one week to go until the UWS School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery 2017 Careers Fair on Tuesday 30th May from 10am to 3pm in the Brough Hall, Paisley.
All final year BSc/MSc Adult Nursing, Mental Health and Midwifery students are encouraged to attend this event – and time will be credited for attendance at this event for third year nursing students, with buses also supplied to and from home campus to Paisley campus for these students.

This Careers Fair is an excellent way to meet prospective employers and gather information on careers and other opportunities: NHS Scotland, Union Reps, Nursing Agencies, National and Local Government Agencies, Private Healthcare Sector, Research Opportunities.

Those interested in attending can register here:…

New Computer Generated Image (CGI) Video of Lanarkshire Campus Street

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Next year it is planned that the UWS Campus in hamilton will move to a new location in South Lanarkshire. The UWS Lanarkshire Campus project team are excited to share their new Computer Generated Image (CGI) video of what “The Street” may look like when the new campus opens in September 2018. What we do know is that it will be bigger than Coronation Street and a bit more modern than Baker Street. Click on the video below to see what a “game-changer” looks like.

What we do know is that it will be bigger than Coronation Street and a bit more modern than Baker Street. Click on the video below to see what it looks like.

And if you don’t want to feel like Sherlock Homes, wondering what the developments are on the new Campus, please come down to the Project Zone on the Ground Floor of Almada Building in the coming weeks.

The project team are taking over the ground floor to get their message out there. Sharing is caring and they want everyone to be aware and comfortable with what is happening around the move, before it happens.on’t forget to follow updates and get involved in the conversation on Twitter. You can tell us what you think on there or for the ‘

Don’t forget to follow updates and get involved in the conversation on Twitter. You can tell them what you think on there or grab a post-it note when you visit Alamada ground floor and scribble your comments.

Our Next Inspiring Women Event

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School to Host National Care Home Research and Development Forum

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On Thursday 25th May the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Practice at UWS will be hosting a National Care Home Research and Development Forum seminar titled ‘Appreciative and Participatory Action Research in Care Homes.’
This event will be an opportunity for showcasing some of innovative practice development initiatives happening in care homes across the country which has been a key focus of our School’s research.
The School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery research hub, the Institute of Healthcare, Policy and Practice (HPP), encompasses three research groupings: The Deteriorating Patient, Dementia and Later Life and Maternal, Child and Family Health. HPP’s vision is to be a centre of applied research excellence, advancing health and social care practice, and family caring through evidence generation, partnership working and policy influence.
The seminar chaired by Professor Debbie Tolson will consist of the following speakers/presentations:
  • Professor Belinda Dewar, Overview of My Home Life Scotland
  • Dr Julie Watson, Face to Face: Relating to people with Dementia until the end of life in Care Homes
  • Karen Barrie & Dr Cathy Sharp, Personal Outcomes and My Home Life
  • Edel Roddy, Us and Them, You and Me, We. Inspection in Care Homes, it’s all about relationships
  • Bryan Mitchell, Introducing and Evaluating the Contribution of Complimentary Therapy to Nursing Home Residents experiencing later stages of Dementia.
The seminar will bring together approximately 60 people from universities across the UK in addition to health and social care practitioners and representatives from Scottish Care and the Care Inspectorate.
Colleagues wishing to attend can book their place here.