Older Peoples’ 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: https://christmasjumperday.org

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.


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 Jade.Birkin@uws.ac.uk. 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

COPD in South West Scotland the Focus of EU Parliamentary Presentation

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Professor John Lockhart of the UWS School of Science and Sport, delivered a presentation at the EU Parliament on 21 November 2017 regarding a collaborative international project, which is focusing on the causes, treatment and potential prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is an incurable lung disease that is a leading cause of death worldwide, and is particularly prevalent in both South West Scotland and Ireland. In Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway, COPD-related hospital admission are amongst the highest in the UK. It significantly impairs quality of life and has a high cost to health services and the wider economy.

To raise awareness across Europe of this disease, Professor Lockhart delivered this presentation at the EU Parliament in which he highlighted the work of the ‘BREATH’ (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project.

BREATH is a strong cross-border partnership between UWS and the Dundalk Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. This €7.7 million EU INTERREG VA funded project has established a world-class cluster of researchers who will help address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD. In 2011 the annual economic burden of COPD across the EU was estimated at approximately €141.4 billion.

Professor John Lockhart, who is Director of the UWS Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), said:

“COPD is the third biggest killer in Scotland with numbers continuing to rise. This exciting new collaborative programme will provide major insights into lung disease in South West Scotland, where COPD is particularly prevalent. This will help identify better treatments and possible preventions, and also enhance public awareness.”

Dr Gary Litherland of IBEHR, added:

“The huge burden of COPD must be addressed by research effort on an ambitious scale, and EU funding support is essential to realise this. Increased awareness of COPD in badly affected regions such as South West Scotland is also vital. BREATH was highlighted during a recent debate on COPD brought to the Scottish Parliament by MSP Emma Harper, and such national recognition will help us to engage intended beneficiaries in our mission to combat this ‘unknown killer’ disease.”

Recognising the importance of the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), responsible for managing the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, said:

“This EU-funded project will establish a world-class cluster of researchers who, by working in partnership, will make a positive difference to the fight against a debilitating health issue which affects many people living across the UK and Ireland. Working on a cross-border basis the project partners will be able to share information and produce data that can help improve the quality of life for people living on all sides of the borders.”

Happy St Andrews Day!

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Happy St Andrews Day from everyone here @uwshealth and @UniWestScotland. Have you seen the Scottish Google Doodle? If not got to https://g.co/doodle/eg2mc8

How about a bit of Tartan? If you’d like to get some, why not buy from the stoatin’ range of Alzheimer Scotland Tartan goodies to celebrate and support one of our partners.


Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP 

NHS Lanarkshire Hospitals Seal University Status

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All three NHS Lanarkshire acute hospitals have been renamed to reflect their new university status.

Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between NHS Lanarkshire, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) the hospitals are now University Hospital Hairmyres, University Hospital Monklands and University Hospital Wishaw.

Calum Campbell, NHS Lanarkshire Chief Executive, said:

“This is a further significant step towards our vision of creating a culture of academic excellence in NHS Lanarkshire. This will help deliver new and improved ways of working and will bring major benefits for patients and healthcare students alike. In addition, our staff will get the opportunity to work alongside world-leading academics to tackle key health challenges facing people in Lanarkshire.”

Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS, said:

“The University enjoys extremely close links with NHS Lanarkshire and this latest development will see us working even closer with colleagues at the Health Board for the benefit of healthcare in the region.”

Commenting on the University’s Strategic Partnership with NHS Lanarkshire, Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of our School said:

“We are delighted to have an important partnership with NHS Lanarkshire. The University has close ties with Health Boards throughout Scotland and this partnership formalises the strong links we enjoy with this important organisation, which plays such a key role in the health and well-being of people throughout Lanarkshire.”

For more information about the renaming click here