Mental Health

Make Friday 15th a Christmas Jumper Day!

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The Library are taking part in this initiative in aid of Save the Children



If you would like to join in all you have to do is don your best Christmas attire and donate to Save the Children on the day (suggested donation: £2).

You don’t even have to buy a jumper or item of clothing/accessories you can borrow one or even bling up something you already have. More information here:

Any donations can be taken to the Library on each campus or if you aren’t able to do this and would still like to contribute you can Text TEAMUWSLIB to 70050 to donate £5.

Go On. Make the world better with a sweater.


Recruiting a More Diverse Workforce

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A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major review, which was chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS.

Commissioned by Professor Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, and chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, recommendations include a national campaign to recruit a more diverse workforce and tackle negative stereotypes, more flexible routes into education, and using the commissioning of training places to incentivise widening participation.

Since being formed in April, the commission has worked closely with nurses, students, and those within the sector, to identify best practice and current barriers to entering the professions, and to make recommendations to address these.

The report entitled “The CNO Commission on Widening Participation in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers: Final Report 2017”

was launched today by the Chief Nursing Officer and Professor Martin at the Ayr Campus of University of the West of Scotland. They and members of the commission met with students who entered nursing programmes through a variety of routes.The Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen said:

“I want to thank Professor Martin for leading this work, underpinning our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce. These recommendations can help ensure we have the right number of people in education, completing their course, and enjoying a long and successful career – core to our ambitions for nursing and midwifery. The latest workforce statistics for NHS Scotland show we have a record number of NHS staff including nurses and midwives, who are at the heart of our health service. But we want to go further in promoting those careers across health and social care settings and remove any barriers that might stand in the way.

This report comes in the same week we saw the highest ever number of acceptances to nursing and midwifery courses at our universities. The actions set out will allow us to build on that, maximising the opportunities available and the people who can benefit from them.” 

Professor Martin said:

“It was an honour to be asked to lead this important review. The Nursing and Midwifery professions remain at the heart of health and social care provision, championing the needs and rights of patients their families and communities. It is vital that as the demographics of Scotland changes we are positioned to respond with the right number of nurses and midwives, with the right skills, in the right place, doing the right things. The challenges and opportunities to encourage and support widening access to nursing and midwifery education could not be timelier. There are recognised pressures on flow into the health workforce. There are areas where nurses and midwives are difficult to recruit – not just by region but in clinical and service specialties and particularly in care homes. Add to that a change agenda in health and social care, the repositioning of acute care, and the age profile of the workforce it is clear there are pressures that need solutions now, and importantly, plans created and implemented for the future. This report seeks to surface and where possible address some of these concerns. The actions and recommendations outlined in the review will make a difference and encourage opportunity and flexibility, encouraging access to nursing and midwifery careers.”

You can download the report Here

‘Twas the Last Day Before Placement

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Good luck to all our third year UWS Adult Nursing students at Paisley (and all our other third years heading off Campuses) who had their final day all together on the 5th. of December 2017.

Now they are all off out on placement – Hope they are still looking festive although that’s maybe a bit harder in a uniform.

Last daybefore Placement

SAUWS International Christmas Event

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SAUWS are holding an International Christmas Event on Friday 8th December and invite all along.The event takes place between 3pm and 6pm in the Paisley Students’ Union, First Floor with festive fun and games, food and drinks.


UWS Stars Awards 2018

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UWS Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme (STARS) Awards

The UWS Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme (STARS) awards are designed to recognise the University staff who as individuals or teams, have made a real difference to the students, staff or University in general, as chosen by the staff and students themselves.

As a School, we would like to encourage students and colleagues to nominate a UWS member of staff who has made a difference to them, or who have made a positive contribution under any of the STARS categories.

The Categories are:

  • Outstanding teaching.
  • Outstanding research and enterprise.
  • Outstanding service to students.
  • Outstanding service to colleagues.
  • Outstanding leadership.
  • Outstanding team.

Nominations should be made by February 28th 2018 and can be made HERE

HNM Student Conference 2017

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We held our annual Student Research Conference on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at Paisley Campus.  Senior BSc students, MSc, PhD and ProfDoc students and Health, Nursing and Midwifery staff received a warm welcome from both Professor Debbie Tolson (Assistant Dean Research and Enterprise) and Professor Milan Radosavljevic (Associate Vice-Principal – Research).

This year, Dr Carl Walker (Reader at the University of Brighton) delivered a thought-provoking keynote speech on ‘Rethinking preventative wellbeing- a community approach to action research in mental health’ and Professor David Chapman-Jones (Director of IRHPP) shared our exciting plans for the development of pioneering research with immersive technology and virtual and augmented reality environments.

Activities throughout the day included student presentations, discussion groups and poster presentations. During the parallel sessions, 14 students presented material from their MSc, Professional Doctorate and PhD research studies, followed by a Question & Answers session. The presentations covered a wide variety of health-related topics ranging from ‘Improving pre-op education’ to the ‘Subjective well-being of young people with dementia’.

During lunch, all attendees had the opportunity to network with staff and students and vote for the student poster they believed most clearly expressed and represented the essence of their research.

The day finished with a plenary session where students and staff shared their motivations for becoming involved in research and how this had influenced their career pathways.

Professor Debbie Tolson closed the conference with a prize-giving ceremony.

First-year PhD Student, Barbara Goncalves won ‘Best Poster’ with,

“Exploring the experiences of patients with COPD, carers and family from a social and psychological perspective.”

Third-year PhD Student, Ayorinde Akinbobola won ‘Best Presentation’ which was titled, Exploring the implication of residual biomass for medical equipment disinfection.”

Christmas Charity Collection for Scottish Woman’s Aid

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womens aidWomen’s Aid is a domestic abuse charity serving the communities across Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire.The charity aim to support and empower women, children and young people who are experiencing, or have experienced domestic abuse. They provide a range of needs led services including refuge accommodation, support and information, which ensures improved outcomes. Their services are based on listening to women, children, young people and partner agencies.

Last Christmas, staff from the Hamilton and Paisley Campuses donated a huge supply of hygiene products and a generous collection of toys and gifts for children age 0-16. Along with the donations, a cheque for £300 was given to the charity from the money the school collected from  “Hello my name is…” badges.

With this money, a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ Event was held in August 2017. Twenty two children attended with their parents or carers and 6 children attended the day of ‘Emotional Literacy’ workshop. The Charity thought it would be appropriate to use the money donatec by the school for Health and Educational purposes. Both of these workshops would not have been possible without our support.

For Christmas 2017, The School will again be collecting items for the refuge and Christmas gifts for children age 0-16 and women of all ages.

If you wish to contribute, two boxes will be available:

BOX 1 will be for Gifts to give to children for Christmas {Age 0-16 years, boys and girls}; Toys, Books, Toiletry Gift Sets, Accessories etc.

BOX 2 will be for Hygiene products for babies, children, teenagers and women; nappies, baby wipes, deodorant, soaps, sanitary products, body lotions etc.

(Please note that given the nature as well as for hygiene reasons, all donations must be new-including toys and books)

These boxes will be in Room C1.29, Caird Building, Hamilton Campus. and in Room A512 if you are at Paisley Campus based.

Please note, the donations need to be with us by 4pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017.

If you have any queries regarding this collection, please contact Ext 8306.

Christmas can be an especially difficult time and any support we can give is invaluable in making things less lonely and a bit brighter.

 More information about Women’s Aid can be accessed by Clicking Here