Older Peoples’ Health

New Influential Report Written by a Team Within our School Released

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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…

Something Old…Something New….

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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.

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…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.

Ann and Team SECC

Overall, a very worthwhile event.


Congratulations to Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

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.

Outstanding Team STARS Awards Went to Our Dumfries Team!

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The 7th UWS STARS (Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme Awards) took place at Lanarkshire Campus on Wednesday 7th June.

The award winners and highly commended staff members were presented with their awards by the Principal, Professor Craig Mahoney and Chief Operating Officer, Susan Mitchell while the event was hosted by Chair of Court Dr Waiyin Hatton.

Top of our achievements this year was the Outstanding Team award which went to Nursing Team at Dumfries Campus

The school also has the Winner of Outstanding Service to Students award who this year was Denise Atkinson one of our Skills Laboratory Facilitators

Highly commended for her Outstanding Service to Colleagues was Moira Bannigan one of the School’s Service Delivery Officers

You can view all the winners and highly commended recipients from the event here.

The University Formalises its Support for Vulnerable Students

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UWS has brought together a number of initiatives and renewed commitments to support some of its more vulnerable students.
We have a proud track record of removing barriers to higher education, has combined sponsorship, training activities and pledges to demonstrate the University’s continued support for its students as well as to ensure that it is a model of good practice in this area.
UWS is just the third university in Scotland to formally commit to the Stand Alone Pledge, which supports estranged students. The University was recently a high-level sponsor and major supporter of Action Against Stalking’s first UK-wide conference, and has now made provision for staff training to support its role as a Corporate Parent.
The charity Stand Alone aims to aid people of all ages who become estranged or disowned from their family or key family member. Young people who are estranged from their families are likely to be under-represented within the student population, and those who do navigate the application process are more vulnerable to withdrawal from higher education than other groups of students.
UWS’ focus is on helping all its students to succeed and to thrive during their time at the University and it closely engages with all applicants from vulnerable groups, such as estranged students, and makes sure that it is able to support them all the way through their UWS journey. From student mentoring, formal student support services and informal peer support networks to senior staff training and awareness, support for a wide variety of students from a range of backgrounds is at the heart of the UWS experience.
The University currently has the largest number of care leavers in Scottish Higher Education and is widely recognised in the sector for the quality of high-level support and guidance it provides this group.
The University, which works in close partnership with local authorities, schools, colleges and other higher education institutions to increase the number of vulnerable groups progressing to university, is currently in the process of developing a detailed action plan to formalise the support it offers to estranged students.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said:
 “At UWS we are committed to providing higher education opportunities for everyone and we are delighted to be working with charities and other organisations to help remove barriers to higher education and academic success. All activities delivered by UWS are inclusive and our aim is to raise awareness of the opportunities available and the benefits of higher education. We realise that pupils from families that have no history of further or higher education face many additional barriers to learning and this includes estranged students who have no family contacts. At UWS we work very hard to ensure that we provide a range of information, advice and guidance before, during and after a student’s time at UWS to support them on their learning journey and beyond.”

My Home Life (MHL) Germany Officially Launched

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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.