Mental Health

“Kinections” Project Starts in East Ayrshire Care Homes

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A new project, aimed at improving the lives of those with dementia living in care homes in East Ayrshire and those who support them, launched on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at Ayr Campus. The project, ‘Kinections – strengthening Community in Care Homes’, is being undertaken thanks to £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust.

Kinections 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 three-year project will run until November 2020 and will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across East Ayrshire and those who support them. Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in the 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 capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and their wider communities.

As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in developing and trying out a variety of new ideas, activities and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community. The ideas, activities and initiatives will be created in response to what is discovered in the project about what matters and what is valued by those living in care homes and those who support them.

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

“Developing a relationship with care homes in our society should be an essential part of the modern day life experience. With the funding from the Life Changes Trust, we can make life that much more enjoyable for the residents by promoting more active community involvement and interaction surrounding our care homes.”

My Home Life sets out to support managers to create and sustain a positive relationship-centred culture in their care homes where the quality of life of residents, relatives and staff can flourish. Our school in partnership with Scottish Care is currently delivering My Home Life to over 100 care homes across Scotland.

Professor Belinda Dewar OBE, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland and Director of My Home Life, Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have launched the ‘Kinections’ project which presents an exciting opportunity to build on the existing strengths of care homes in East Ayrshire. Through their involvement in the My Home Life movement we have seen how committed those who live, work and visit care homes in East Ayrshire are to creating care homes where everyone can flourish.”

Edel Roddy, Project Lead, who is based in our school said

“The vision of My Home Life is of a world where care homes are cherished by their local communities. It is our aim that this project becomes an exemplar of the benefits of care homes, and those who live, work and visit them, being valued and supported by the local community.”


Students Attend an Important Day for the School at Erskine

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On Wednesday 31st January two of our Part 1 BSc Adult Nursing students from Paisley campus, Lesley Williams (pictured) and Stephanie Clark, attended the visit of Shona Robison (MSP), the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport to Erskine Home. The primary reason for her visit was to hear about some of the innovative nursing roles and approaches have been adopted at Erskine, including employing an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and their own Dementia Nurse Consultant.

Whilst visiting, the Cabinet Secretary took the opportunity to announce an overall increase of 10.8% in the number of student nurses and midwives across Scotland. Good news for us of course.

Both students had been on clinical placement in Erskine for their first practice learning experience of their studies so it was great that they were able to attend on the day of such an important announcement. Erskine welcomes student nurses in its four care homes throughout their training. Around 30 students per year are supported and mentored by our 80 registered nurses. so many thanks from all of us here at the School.

Get Fit with the Associate CNO for Scotland

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The  Midwifery Team in Hamilton are hosting a “Fit February” Event on Valentine’s Day, 14th of February, between 1-3pm in the Almada Sports Hall. The Chief Midwifery Advisor and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the Scottish Government; Professor Ann Holmes will also be coming along.

Midwifery Students will be exhibiting their Maternal Health and Well-being Posters at the event, so no pressure then!

There will be a super circuit and yoga class along with hula hooping, rowing, cycling and a walking dumb bell challenges where prizes will be available.

Representatives from UWS Sport and South Lanarkshire Leisure will also be in attendance to provide advice and guidance. All UWS students welcome (Well, the first 200 students will be).

Launch of “Inside Outside” the Sex Industry in Scotland

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North Lanarkshire’s Violence Against Women Working Group, South Lanarkshire’s Gender-Based Violence Partnership and the Encompass Network formally invite you to the launch of:

Inside Outside the Sex Industry in Scotland: A multimedia exhibition of art, photography, video and audio installations based on and featuring the voices and stories of women involved in prostitution in Scotland.

Powerful and hard-hitting, ‘Inside Outside’ offers a rare insight into the lives of women who have been involved in street prostitution, escorting, brothels and saunas in Scotland. Their stories describe their backgrounds, routes into their involvement in prostitution and for many, their struggles to leave. They also talk about their hopes and dreams for the future.



The exhibition will be on the Hamilton Campus, on the 6th and 7th March. and will be opened by Christina McKelvie MSP. on Tuesday 6th March 2018 between 10am – 12 Noon at the Caird Building, University of the West of Scotland, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0JB

To attend the launch please RSVP no later than 23rd February 2019 to

The exhibition is the culmination of a project initiated by ENCOMPASS, a network of Scottish Agencies who work directly with those involved in the sex industry. We are delighted to hold this exhibition with our other Standing Safe Partners.

** Please note that some of the content in the exhibition deals with sexual violence, abuse and exploitation which some people may find upsetting**.

“Class in a Bag” on Tour to Larkhall Academy!

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Yesterday (30th. of Jan. 2018) some of our  3rd year nursing students visited Larkhall Academy in South Lanarkshire, raising awareness about Dementia with their S2 pupils using our ‘Class in a Bag’ resource which was winner of the Best Educational Initiative category at Scotland’s Dementia Awards in 2017

Thanks to Larkhall Academy for the twitter post below, and the great pictures

“Some of our S2 pupils had the opportunity to work with Nursing students from UWS looking at “Dementia through the eyes of a child”. Pupils enjoyed this workshop while learning about this important topic, a huge thanks to @UWS for this!

To find out more about the resource click the link ‘class in a bag’

A Warm Welcome to Stephen Andrade; Learning Technologist.

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We are delighted to welcome our first permanent learning technologist to the School who will be helping us to design and develop innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that harness a range of digital technologies.

Stephen Andrade has worked in the Education sector for the last 14 years. He spent 11 years working for the Education Service at Glasgow City Council (GCC). During his time there, he worked in some interesting projects including GLOW, the Scottish school’s digital network; the IT Refresh project for all PC and mobile equipment for the 300+ Glasgow Schools and “Pedagogical Approaches of Mathematics”, a joint venture with 3 other local authorities. Near the end of his time at GCC, Stephen joined the Open University and completed a BSc Open Degree specialising in Computing and ICT.

From here, Stephen moved to the University of Strathclyde working with the MBA Unit within the Business School. He was a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Content Developer where he learnt about Moodle, our current VLE,  and implemented improved processes for Assessment, Grading and Feedback as well as mechanisms for peer assessment. During his time at Strathclyde, he took part in a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education which has allowed him to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Stephen has been at UWS for the last year, spending the first 6 months with Learning Innovation (now Education Futures) as an e-learning developer. He has since moved to our school as the Digital Learning Technologist and has worked on a number of projects including virtual reality in sensory processing; telephone triage; module re-design using the ABC learning design approach.

Keep up the good work Stephen!


Lanarkshire Memories

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In case you don’t know, the UWS Lanarkshire Campus is moving from it’s current site to a new State of the Art Campus in Hamilton Technology Park in advance of the next academic year commencing.

Since we are moving onto a new site, an initiative has been set up entitled ‘Lanarkshire Memories’ which has set about collecting, pictures, stories, historical achievements, awards, special visitor stories, graduation events and alumni stories related to our time here at ML3 0JB.

These memories are going to come with us to the New Campus in the form of a Digital Memory Wall.

Students will help support the commemorative project by creating a digital film/story about the history of the current Hamilton Campus, recognising the key events and milestones, with talking heads, pictures etc.

If you have anything that you can contribute, please send what you have, with an explanation of course, or contact the project at  to let us know what you have and we’ll get back in touch.