Support Our New Partners!

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This week saw the school sign  a new partnership with Ardgowan Hospital, but here is a way that you can support them more directly. Go along this weekend if you can and help a worthy cause.


Future Leaders Vision of Health and Social Care in Scotland

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The Health and Social Care Academy the organisation which aims to drive fundamental change in health and social care in Scotland and educational providers are hosting an event on Wednesday the 7th of December at the Paisley Campus of the University of the West of Scotland from 11-3pm, with lunch provided. are looking for people who are studying health and social care and those with lived experience of health and social care services to take part.

They are looking for people who are studying health and social care and those with lived experience of health and social care services to take part in discussions about how services should look and ways of making this change happen.

This is an opportunity to be involved in exciting transformational change that will make lasting changes to people’s lives. This event will inform a national Think Tank in early 2017, which will bring together future and current leaders.  At the event, they will be exploring the four questions given below:

  • What is your vision of the future?
  • What will help you realise this future?
  • What do you see as the current opportunities and obstacles?
  • What are your recommendations for how the current system needs to change?

and creating an opportunity for you to share your views.

You can note your interest in the event at Eventbrite.

In order to ensure an equal spread of students in different health and social care disciplines and people with lived experience we are asking potential participants to self-select the option which describes them best and we will notify you if you have been selected.

Please email  for further information or call 0141 404 0231.


Congratulations to Ciaran

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Many congratulations to  Ciaran McDaid, one of our first year Student Nurses on the BSc Adult Nursing programme at Ayr campus; on receiving his Grand Prior Award from the St John Ambulance Service on October 12th. This was presented to him in Belfast Castle by Knight Commander Viscount Alan Brookeborough.  To achieve this award Ciaran has completed  24 subjects within the St. Johns Ambulance cadet programme in 8 different categories which all contribute to him joining the St. Johns Ambulance service if he so desired. More details about the Cadet programme can be found at:

Developing a 2030 Vision for Nursing

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A project is underway across Scotland to develop a 2030 Vision for Nursing and NHS Scotland is looking for your input. If you are a nurse, student nurse, or represent nurses in Scotland they want to hear from you.

The goal is to produce a vision for maximising the nursing contribution to health and well-being. It will set out what nursing needs to look like by 2030 and capture the things we do well, along with the things that need to change and be done differently. You can contribute by going to the following website and completing the survey. See

Or by participating in a local engagement conversation. Health Boards, Universities and nursing stakeholders will be hosting local conversations so that you can have your say. More about these events to follow.

This work is being carried out in the context of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Review of Standards for Education. Much of what is said on the future of nursing in Scotland via this project, will feed into the NMC review.



Partnership With Ardgowan Hospice Signed

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The University and the Ardgowan Hospice have built on their already close links and have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

This Partnership Agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations in December 2014. In the period since the MoU was signed the clinical academic partnership between the two organisations has strengthened and there have been a variety of strategic benefits for both UWS and the Hospice.

A key area of collaboration since 2014 has been a two-year research project which looked at ways of improving various aspects of the patient experience when being referred to and accessing hospice services. This innovative project is providing fascinating insights into what patients want and how processes can be improved to deliver their desired outcomes. The findings from this project have shown improvements in care provided to the people of Inverclyde, and it is hoped this ongoing work will result in improved palliative care provision across Scotland.

This initial MoU in 2014 between the two organisations also saw the Greenock-based charity become a university teaching hospice, leading the way in education and training for health and social care professionals.

UWS and the Hospice are key organisations in the field of health and social care in Inverclyde and each is committed to working collaboratively with the other to support the achievement of their respective strategic objectives.

This new agreement will see the University and Hospice further strengthen their relationship and focus resources on those high priority areas that are common to both organisations’ strategic plans. This will include the development of collaborative research projects, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), exchange lecturing and consultancy, and collaborative supervision of research students.

The SPA, which was signed by Anne Mills, Chief Executive of Ardgowan Hospice and Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, reinforces a continued commitment to combine joint specialist knowledge and research skills to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Inverclyde and the West of Scotland.

Karen Wilson said: “The University has close ties with a number of charities and third sector organisations throughout Scotland and we are delighted to have signed this Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ardgowan.”

Anne Mills said: “Our partnership with UWS is very important to us and has resulted in the dissemination of our innovative quality improvement work at a global level. The people of Inverclyde have access to truly groundbreaking and innovative approaches to patient care and this is achieved by keeping a focus on their care being at the heart of all that we do. The continuous development of our staff and their practice is crucial to success and the partnership ensures our approach has the necessary academic guidance and support. Dr Sandra McConnell is undertaking the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s, Improvement Advisors course, improving the quality of care and providing access to specialist clinics closer to home; while Alison Bunce, the Programme Lead for Compassionate Inverclyde, is leading groundbreaking research into the positive attributes of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to support people to die at home.  Dr Caroline Sime. our first joint research appointment has made a huge impact on patient experience improving access times to the service, and Dr Stuart Milligan has ensured that staff are developing their practice in readiness for new and innovative ways of working, keeping people and their families at the heart of all we do.”

Professor Paul Martin, Depute Principal, said: “We are delighted to build on our already close links with Ardgowan Hospice and to further develop joint research and practice that will benefit palliative care patients and their families in Inverclyde and beyond.”

School Welcomes New Lecturer in Adult Health

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Anna Buckby has started the post of Lecturer in Adult Health at Hamilton Campus today.  Anna will be working with the MSc Advancing Practice team and also inputting into the pre-registration BSc Adult Nursing programme.

Having worked in a variety of healthcare settings for several years, Anna has clinical experience in the full spectrum of emergency care.  In addition, Anna has a keen interest in professional development, and, in her previous role as a NES Nursing & Midwifery Practice Educator, Anna was responsible for responding to key national and local healthcare priorities through the development and delivery of education at strategic and practice levels.

Currently, Anna is studying for a Professional Doctorate in Health & Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

Anna is based on the 3rd floor at Caird, Hamilton Campus.

Google Doodle Honours British Black Heroine

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If you go to Google today you will see this image, which links you to a lot of information about one of the iconic nurses in history, whose story is often forgotten, because she lived at the same time as Florence Nightingale, was Black, not White, and was not middle classed.

In 1854, Jamaican-Scottish nurse Mary Seacole travelled to England and approached the War Office, asking to be sent as a British army nurse to the Crimea but she was refused. Despite this Seacole funded her own trip, established a hospital and earned a reputation rivalling Florence Nightingale’s, despite the challenges she faced as a woman of mixed race in the 1850s. In the Crimea, she tirelessly tended to the curing and comforting of wounded soldiers coming off the battlefield and people from all walks in need.  Mary’s legacy as an empowered healer and humanitarian continues to inspire many. For more information about Mary, go to Google and click on their Doodle, or click here: Mary Seacole Brief History