MaMa Awards 2018 Nominations for Midwifery staff and students

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EBDA05C2-495A-4B60-ADD1-F0E37B87A787Being the largest independent annual midwifery and maternity conference in the UK, MaMa brings delegates from all parts of the country as well as international audience to Scotland for two days of best practice, personal and professional development, inspirational speakers and, of course, lots of fun!

In addition to the conference the associated MaMa Awards 2018, to be held on 4th May 2018 in Glasgow, has seen a great representation from UWS School HNM students and staff within this years shortlist. They include:

Student Midwife of the Year:
Heather Gilchrist, 2nd year MSc Midwifery with Registration student.
Sarah Scarlett, 2nd year BSc Midwifery student.

Maternity Support Worker of the Year:
Lorna Caldwell, 2nd year BSc Midwifery student.

Midwifery Educator of the Year:
Sheona Brown.
Tom McEwan.

We wish all of the shortlisted nominees good luck for the night.

More details can be found at


Launch of ‘Kinections: Strengthening Community in Care Homes Within East Ayrshire

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A new project in East Ayrshire will be launched on Feb 6th, 2018 the University of the West of Scotland Ayr campus.

The project, ‘Kinections- strengthening community in care homes’ is being delivered thanks to £225,000 funding from The Life Changes Trust.

The project is a partnership between the My Home Life Scotland/ University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. My Home Life Scotland is part of a UK-wide and international movement committed to strengthening relationships between care homes and their local communities. This project will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across the East Ayrshire region and those who support them, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in an exploration of what matters to people living with dementia, and ways in which the wider community may participate in enabling people to live the best lives possible.  This funding will be used to build on this work and further develop the capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and the wider community. As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities, and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said,

“We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement, and significance.”

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Older People and Community Safety with East Ayrshire Council, said, 

“Dementia can really affect someone’s life in a number of ways and they can often end up isolated. Here in East Ayrshire, we are constantly striving to make sure no one is left feeling lonely and getting the community involved with our care homes is definitely having a positive impact on our residents with dementia. This funding from the Life Changes Trust is fantastic as it gives us the opportunity to further involve the community in our care homes and bridge the gap between all our residents here in East Ayrshire.”

For tickets to the event CLICK HERE. The Password if required is “community”

For more information on Life Change Trust funding for Dementia Friendly Communities, see the Trust website:

BREATH Nominated for Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards

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The BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project, which is a cross-border partnership between the University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dundalk Institute of Technology, has been shortlisted for a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award.

The 19th Annual Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 22 February 2018. The awards are dedicated to celebrating those whose exceptional expertise and contribution to their profession have transformed the provision of healthcare for the better.

The BREATH project will develop cross-border research to better understand and alleviate the impact of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD is an incurable lung disease that is a leading cause of death worldwide and is particularly prevalent in both South West Scotland and Ireland. In Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway, COPD-related hospital admission is amongst the highest in the UK. It significantly impairs quality of life and has a high cost to health services and the wider economy.

The €7.7 million EU INTERREG VA funded BREATH project has established a world-class cluster of researchers who will help address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD. In 2011 the annual economic burden of COPD across the EU was estimated at approximately €141.4 billion.

Throughout the five year project, over 30 researchers and doctoral students will work together not only to better understand COPD but to raise awareness of the disease to help encourage preventative measures and timely treatment and disease management.

Professor John Lockhart, Director of the UWS Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), said: “We are delighted that the important work of the BREATH project has been recognised in this way and is shortlisted for a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award.

“Together with our Irish partners, BREATH offers a wonderful opportunity to gain new insights into lung disease. By better understanding this often ‘invisible’ killer disease, we hope to develop new and improved treatments – as well as helping prevent COPD by public awareness in the affected regions.”

Dr Gary Litherland, UWS Scientific Lead on BREATH added: “Deaths from respiratory diseases recently exceeded those from coronary heart disease in Scotland for the first time. Increasingly it is recognised that lung health needs to be made a national priority, as poor public awareness has resulted in an under-prioritisation of this disease.”

For more information on the 19th annual Northern Ireland, Healthcare Awards visit

“The Producers” at the Gaiety Theatre

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The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) students are set to perform The Producers at the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr later this month.

The third and fourth-year Performance (Musical Theatre) students will have the opportunity to perform the internationally award-winning musical “The Producers” at the Ayr-based theatre from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th January 2018. All performances will take place at 7.30pm apart from on Saturday where there will be an additional matinee performance at 2pm.

The production, based on Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film, sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humour. The Producers tells the story of a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby tricking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the production is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Tickets are on sale now at the Gaiety Box office. To book tickets or for more information regarding the performance call 01292 288235 or visit

A ticket concession has been organised for all staff and students of the University (including your families). You can sit in the best seats in the theatre for  £8.00 each (and your families). Just phone the box-office to secure your seats or go to the theatre and purchase them there. This offer is not available online.

Healthcare Jobs Fair; Glasgow 2018

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Welcome to Our Chinese Visitors From All @uwshealth

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We extend a warm welcome to visiting delegates from the University of South China,  in Hengyang, which is a medium-sized city in China which lies halfway between the provincial capitals Guangzhou and Wuhan in Hunan province. They are visiting  for a few months. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

Tree of Life Going to Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow

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Tree of Life January18

Here’s the latest picture of the UWS Tree of Life, which is travelling around Scotland collecting thumbprints from midwives past, present and future in the lead up to International Day of the Midwife in May 2018.

We can now confirm arrangements for the Tree of Life’s visit to the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.

It will be there from Friday 19th January to Monday 22nd January. If you are an Ex-midwife, Current midwife or a Midwifery student please add your fingerprint to the tree and tell all of your friends. We would love to share your photos and let us know by visiting and liking the Facebook page UWS Tree of Life . OR use the hashtag  #UWSTreeofLife and or @uwshealth