The School officially launched its new Institute of Healthcare Policy & Practice (HPP) at an event held at Hamilton Campus on Thursday 21 January 2016.
The event, which was officially opened by Hugh Masters, Scottish Government Nursing Advisor (Mental Health Division), featured a programme of presentations and demonstrations, providing a valuable insight into current research projects and developments in healthcare across the Institute.
The event also provided an opportunity for those in attendance to explore the key aims of the Institute, to find out about its research and partnership work to help meet the challenges facing Scottish, UK and global healthcare.
The Institute encompasses three research groupings – the Deteriorating Patient; Maternal, Child and Family Health; and Later Life and Dementia. It aims to advance the evidence base for practice and learning within healthcare, social care, family caring and integrated services; address major public health challenges; improve the quality and safety within interdisciplinary practice, services, care facilities (including hospitals and nursing homes) and within the family home; and inform and strengthen leadership, workforce development and interprofessional learning for practice.
Professor Debbie Tolson, Interim Director on the Institute of Healthcare Policy & Practice, said: “We are delighted to have officially launched this new Institute which is a hugely important development not just for the University but also for the Scottish healthcare sector.
“The Institute enjoys close links with health boards, local authorities, third sector and independent care providers. We will continue to work closely with these partners to advance our interdisciplinary research agenda which is focussed on strengthening the evidence base for policy and practice to improve health care and optimise the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.”
This event was followed by a UWS Public Lecture entitled, ‘Reframing dementia: raising awareness and challenging perceptions’ by Professor Anthea Innes.
In this public lecture, Professor Innes drew on examples from her dementia research over the last two decades to discuss the challenges associated with dementia and the importance of raising awareness as part of the public health campaign to achieve an outcome where people live well with dementia for longer.
Professor Innes, who recently joined UWS, was previously the inaugural Director and Head of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI). She has previously worked at the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, and the Bradford Dementia Group.
information regarding the Institute is available at www.uws.ac.uk/research/research-institutes/health/