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: http://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/…/Being%20Home%20-%20Ful…
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.
…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.
Overall, a very worthwhile event.
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.
Staff from across all the campuses came together to celebrate the successes, discuss the challenges, and plan for the immediate, short and long-term delivery of the BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies/ BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies programmes.
World café sessions (co-ordinated by Brian Johnston) ensured the academic and administrative staff involved in programme delivery were able to consider a wide range of issues including the teaching and learning approaches utilised, the assessment and evaluation processes and academic achievement were discussed. Issues such as marketing, the internationalisation of the programmes, admissions, and induction; the student support mechanisms, personal tutoring and the application of engagement policy were all raised across the day.
As a first sub-cluster meeting of the Team, the experience was enjoyable and productive for those involved….the beginning of focused conversations to support further enhancement of the student experience.
Last week Stephanie Nicoll commenced a seconded lecturer post with the UWS Community Team teaching Occupational Health. Stephanie has been working as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse SCPHN) delivering an Occupational Health service across many diverse public and private sector organisations since 2002.
She is a former post-graduate student of the UWS SCPHN (Occupational Health) distance learning programme, completing in 2008 progressing forward towards completion of the Practice Teacher programme in 2010. Completing this programme allowed her to undertake another clinical role supporting best practice in my present post supporting audit and best practice and delivering guidance to the OH clinical team and attainment of the Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) standards. These are set by the Royal College of Physicians and Faculty of Occupational Medicine and are the current best practice Occupational Health benchmarks in the UK. https://www.seqohs.org/.
As you can see employee health and enablement of wellbeing within the working environment has been Stephanie’s passion for a number years.
This is her first academic post and she is looking forward to working innovatively on new CPD within her specialism for UWS and also supporting the current occupational health pathway.
My Home Life (MHL) Germany was officially launched at an event at Hamilton Campus on 25 May 2017. The My Home Life project, which is a UK-wide initiative and was launched in 2006 by the National Care Homes Research and Development Forum (NCHRDF), aims to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes through relationship-centred and evidence-based practice.
Starting in England, the MHL vision of best practice resonated and quickly spread across the UK and most recently further afield into Australia and now Germany.
The associated MHL Leadership programme sets out to support managers to develop as appreciative inquirers to create and sustain evidence-informed, relationship-centred and appreciative cultures in their care settings. UWS, in partnership with Scottish Care and Age Scotland, has been leading the MHL initiative and developing and delivering the Leadership programme in Scotland since 2013.
The creation of My Home Life Germany is as a result of a partnership between UWS, City University and the Josef und Luise-Kraft Foundation in Germany. The Foundation promotes human rights for older people in Germany and sees the MHL Leadership programme as a vehicle to address human rights in German care homes.
In April, MHL Scotland Director, Professor Belinda Dewar of UWS and MHL England Director, Professor Julienne Meyer CBE, visited the Foundation in Munich to share the learning to date from the programme, which has led to the launch of MHL in Germany.
Commenting on the launch Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at UWS, said:
“We are delighted to have launched My Home Life in Germany. This is a hugely important development as we work to spread and continually develop care home best practice not just in the UK but globally. Many people are interested in how to promote innovation and change in health and social care. The increasing complex landscape of care requires a different approach. Our appreciative approach aims to discover what gives life to a system, what energises people and what they most care about in order to produce both shared knowledge and knowledge for action. This is in stark contrast to other approaches to research and development that has the starting point of what is the problem and how do we fix it.”
Josef und Luise-Kraft Foundation Project Manager, Caroline Emmer De Albuquerque Green, said:
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the experience from My Home Life to Germany and draw on the learning and best practices from more than 10 years of work. In Germany, care homes are facing the same challenges as in Britain and many other countries around the world. Our mission and vision is to contribute to an enhanced quality of life for older people while recognising the positive role care homes, staff working in them and relatives can play. We are convinced that Home Life Germany and the values underlying it, will be able to help promote this.”
Julienne Meyer of City, University of London, said:
“We believe that relationships are key to the delivery of person-centred care. This means that we must not only consider the needs of older people in care homes, but also the needs of relatives who visit and the needs of staff who work there. To enhance connections, we focus on having caring conversations; because we believe that relationships depend on the way we talk to one another. People are going into care homes older, sicker and frailer, and the workforce needs to be supported and upskilled. These issues are prevalent around the world. The way in which society often doesn’t value older people and their experiences has a knock-on effect for those who work in the sector. That’s what’s great about collaborating internationally; we can draw on each other’s learning and explore best practice together.”
MHL Germany was officially launched at an NCHRDF seminar at UWS on 25 May 2017. The Forum was established in 2003 to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share information and ideas arising from their work.