New Influential Report Written by a Team Within our School Released

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Congratulations to the team at the Alzheimer’s Centre for Policy and Practice in Hamilton who this week,  in conjunction with the Life Changes Trust and Bre Housing have released the first report that looks at Scottish housing provision now and into the future for people living with Dementia.

Called  ‘Being Home’: an overview of the current housing situation for people affected by dementia in Scotland.
The report was released Yesterday in an event held at Perth Concert Hall in conjunction with the Life Changes Trust and Angus Care and Repair.  You can download the full report here:…/Being%20Home%20-%20Ful…

Something Old…Something New….

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Staff from the Undergraduate Programme Board attended the ‘Working Differently Across Boundaries: Transforming Health and Social Care’ NHS Scotland Event 2017 at the SECC in Glasgow, held between 20-21ST June 2017. The School hosted a stand, to promote the School’s portfolio of programmes at the event.

Elaine Gifford, Helen Rainey and Claire Chalmers met and spoke with a number of people interested in study at UWS, and it is hoped the contacts made will come back and speak to us any apply to join our new programmes in the forthcoming academic year.

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They also met with someone ‘old’ (as in…from our recent past….)… Professor John Rae former Head of School.

Jack @SECC


…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.

Ann and Team SECC

Overall, a very worthwhile event.


#IDM2017 @uwshealth Raises £630

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Our big-hearted midwifery students  have raised £630 for the charity Kicks Count, which aims to lower the UK’s stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby’s movements in pregnancy.

Over 170 students participated in an International Day of the Midwife event at the University’s Paisley Campus on 5 May. At this event, which was a celebration of midwifery and saw a number of industry professionals participate in workshops, students sold knitted mini midwives to attendees to raise funds for Kicks Count.

Sheona Brown of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, who worked alongside a committee of student midwives to plan the activities for this event, said: “I am so proud of all the students and their hard work in raising these valuable funds for such an important and worthwhile cause.”

The University’s event was named as the best in Scotland by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Sheona added: “We are delighted that our International Day of the Midwife event was named the best in Scotland. This is a great achievement and our event provided an excellent opportunity to bring together all of our current students with midwifery experts and representatives from third party sector to discuss key issues affecting midwifery in Scotland and to explore how new information can be taken forward in practice. The future looks very exciting for our students.”

National Breastfeeding in Scotland Week

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Dear all,

National Breastfeeding in Scotland Week statement – Final for distribution with signatories

I wanted to share with you an important ‘call to action’ document, developed by Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee entitled Changing the conversation – breastfeeding matters to babies, women, families, and society and we must work together to make it possible and easy for women to breastfeed.  This has been launched today as part of the National Breastfeeding in Scotland week which runs from the 19th to 23rd June 2017.

As a member of the midwifery team at UWS and whose programme, alongside our Health Visiting programme, is Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accredited, I hope you will find it informative and I’d encourage you to share with colleagues and friends and across social media.

Many thanks and kind regards,

Tom McEwan.

Congratulations to Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

Many congratulations are due to Professor Belinda Dewar who was awarded an OBE in Queens Birthday Honours 2017 for her contribution to Nursing. If you want to know more about her distinguished career click here.

Well deserved for being an inspiration to so many others.

Outstanding Team STARS Awards Went to Our Dumfries Team!

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The 7th UWS STARS (Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme Awards) took place at Lanarkshire Campus on Wednesday 7th June.

The award winners and highly commended staff members were presented with their awards by the Principal, Professor Craig Mahoney and Chief Operating Officer, Susan Mitchell while the event was hosted by Chair of Court Dr Waiyin Hatton.

Top of our achievements this year was the Outstanding Team award which went to Nursing Team at Dumfries Campus

The school also has the Winner of Outstanding Service to Students award who this year was Denise Atkinson one of our Skills Laboratory Facilitators

Highly commended for her Outstanding Service to Colleagues was Moira Bannigan one of the School’s Service Delivery Officers

You can view all the winners and highly commended recipients from the event here.

Careers Fair for our Nursing and Midwifery Students a Resounding Success

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Over 450 students from across the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery attended the School’s Health, Nursing and Midwifery Careers Fair at Paisley Campus on Tuesday 30th May 2017. The 34 exhibitors there included NHS Scotland, nursing agencies, national and local government agencies, and private healthcare providers.

Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery commented

“We are delighted with the positive response we have received from our students and exhibitors to this extremely successful event. I wish to express gratitude and acknowledge the amount of work to create this excellent opportunity to meet prospective employers and gather information on careers.” 

Feedback Survey responses from the event were very positive from students and exhibitors alike, with a number of students securing employment on the day and many others left the event with offers of an interview. Exhibitors commented on the efficient organisation of the event and on the quality of our students.

Last year over 98% of UWS Nursing and Midwifery graduates were in work or further Study 6 months after graduation.