Screening of “Dykebar & Me”

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The Psychology, Social Work, Health Behaviours & Addiction Hub, School of Media, Culture and Society UWS, invites you to a screening of a short film Dykebar & Me created by members of the Long Term Recovery Group at Dykebar Hospital, Paisley on Monday 6th March 2017


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Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE to Speak at Next Inspiring Women Event

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The next Inspiring Women event will be held on 10th March 2017. The speaker will be Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE

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Nosheena is the Joint Chief Executive of M Computer Technologies which was founded by her and her husband Dr Iqbal Mobarik in 1997. The company develops and implements business management solutions for the retail sector. She has also undertaken a number of voluntary and charitable roles. She was recently the Vice-Chairman of CBI Scotland from 2013-2014 (Confederation of British Industry) and served a two-year term as the Chairman of CBI Scotland from 2011-2013 having been a member of Council of CBI Scotland since September 2001. She is also a Director and Trustee of Craigholme School, which is an independent school for girls and  a Board member of the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Nosheena is also the founder and Convener of the Scotland Pakistan Network which aims to facilitate business links and cultural and educational exchange between the two countries.She is the Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum since June 2012. The PBTIF has the support of both the UK and Pakistan Governments as a vehicle to increase bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

She is listed as one of the 50 most influential women in Scotland.

This event is free and is open to all staff and students. For further details please contact

For full details including how to book to attend this event, Click the link below

Feeling Good Lanarkshire Campus

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Documentary Featuring School Staff Well Recieved

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Yesterday BBC Wales showed a documentary Programme called “Beti and David: Lost for Words”

In this programme about Beti George who cares for her partner David Parry-Jones – an iconic broadcaster once dubbed ‘the voice of Welsh rugby’ talk about the challenges and frustrations facing thousands of carers across Wales questioning the ways on which dementia carers are supported by government and the community in their task.  The programme featured some staff from the School of Nursing, Margaret Brown (Senior Lecturer) and Anna Waugh (Lecturer in Mental Health) and Dr Barbara Sharp from the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice which is based at Hamilton Campus. Some local people with experience of the problems facing carers also took part; Janice Stewart (a link worker from Lanarkshire), and a local carer. The programme, shown last night at 9 pm is available on iPlayer at

Initial reaction to the programme has been very positive.  See Wales Online

More details about the issues raised by the programme can be found at

Biggar High School’s Dementia Day

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As part of our final year at UWS adult nursing, students need to take part in an initiative that which involves interactively speaking to a  community group or group of children which covers health promotion and awareness.

OnThursday 9th February Megan Berkley, Nicole Black, Coleen Barkey, Hannah Watson and Danielle Anderson went to Biggar High School to talk to the 3rd, 4th and 5th-year pupils about dementia.

The University supplied the students with one of the Dementia “Class in a bag’s”  which contains props to help aid the student nurses to get their message over to the students interactively while highlighting to the students themselves the importance of health promotion, the value of teamwork, leadership skills and professional development.

Megan writes:

“… we wanted to create an awareness of what dementia is, how it affects the brain, what we do as student nurses to help and care with those with dementia and we also spoke about the different types of dementia. We thoroughly enjoyed working as a team and wanted to gain a greater insight into our topic before we went out to teach, so we took it upon ourselves to contact Alzheimer’s Scotland who gave us a great insight into this awful condition. They also suggested that we participate in the Dementia Friends course in advance of our day at Biggar. This course helped us understand a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to make a big difference to people with the condition. This could be as simple as helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue when someone with memory difficulties is taking longer to pay.”

Audrey Bremnar, a community engagement worker with Alzheimer’s Scotland delivered the dementia friends session to our 5 students, hoping to create better awareness and encourage as many people as she can to overcome the stigma of dementia and treat those who have it with dignity and respect.

Megan continues:

“It was a great experience for the five of us to get involved in and we were given dementia friends badges which we will wear with pride as we spread the word. “Class in a bag” was a very successful project for all of us because it meant that we all had to work together as a team, deciding who was saying what, making up a power point, picking up dementia books and health promotional leaflets from the local Health Promotion Centre at Law House. . We all had a part to play.

This module also made each of us move out of our comfort zones when we had to present to a big class. Nerve-wracking as it was, we did find that the pupils enjoyed the interactivity and were given opportunities to ask many questions. The interactive stations we had where the children had to rotate around worked really well, we had a reminiscing table with a dementia doll, old photographs and other objects, a table to talk more about the brain and how it becomes affected and we also had a table with different glasses the children could wear which would impair their vision and headsets with white noise, so it gave an idea of some of the challenges someone with dementia may face. On the whole, we found that our dementia workshop at Biggar High School went really well and it was great to get positive feedback from the students too, some of who were planning to go on to study medicine. Almost all found the class very informative and interesting.”

School Staff Feature in BBC Wales Programme

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Beti George – Welsh TV and Radio Broadcaster

Watch out next week for a programme on BBC Wales called Beti and David: Lost for Words

In this programme about Beti George who cares for her partner David Parry-Jones – an iconic broadcaster once dubbed ‘the voice of Welsh rugby’ talk about the challenges and frustrations facing thousands of carers across Wales questioning how we support dementia carers.  The programme features some of the staff here at UWS, Margaret Brown, Dr Barbara Sharp, Anna Waugh, Janice Stewart [a link worker], and a local carer from Lanarkshire. It’s on BBC Wales on Monday at 9 pm but will be available on iPlayer at the link given after this. The clips on the site at the moment will give you an idea of what the programme contains.

My Home Life Visits New South Wales.

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Professor Belinda Dewar, UWS Professor of Practice Improvement and Karen Barrie, Lecturer (My Home Life) from the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice and My Home Life facilitator Fiona Cook have been working across the Mid-North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in New South Wales, Australia.
They have been developing an understanding of current relational care practices in and across six localities and each has been working independently with a local co-facilitator to support nursing practitioners, clinical nurse educators and local managers to promote and apply the principles of relationship-centred care, appreciative inquiry and caring conversation in everyday practice situations.

The photo was taken following an additional one-day workshop to explore the strategic alignment and promotion of appreciative inquiry within the organisation.
The workshop was attended by the MNCLHD Chief Executive of Nursing Midwifery and Workforce, Steve Rodwell and the Directors of Nursing.