Older Peoples’ Health

Senior Lecturer Features in Herald Article

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Margaret HiResMargaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland has written a piece which has been published in the Herald Agenda Column today (16/08/2017)

The article discusses the need for Scotland to improve the education and training of all health and social care workers across Scotland in the light of the rising number of people both living with and consequently dying from dementia

The article can be viewed at:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15473855.Agenda__We_must_improve_education_and_training_for_dementia_care/

UWS and Alzheimer Scotland Build on Their Long-standing Links

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Building on our close links, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Alzheimer Scotland have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Our School is a leader in the field in the Scottish higher education sector for dementia-related teaching and research. The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS provides a high quality environment for applied research, education and enterprise. It is a centre of excellence, advancing dementia policy and practice through education and applied research in Scotland and beyond.

The National Dementia Champions programme which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy is led by the Centre. This important programme, which creates ‘Dementia Champions’ to improve the quality of care provided for people with dementia and caring families, is a major part of the Centre’s national workforce development.

Dementia care is embedded in the University’s nursing courses and every aspect of students’ training is career-focused: they learn the essential skills they need to help people in this extremely difficult stage of life. At the root of all the activity is the University’s close partnership with Alzheimer Scotland.

Both organisations have ambitious and far-reaching strategic development plans aimed at the provision of research and skills development to support the innovative and effective delivery of high quality dementia care within the integrated health and social care landscape in Scotland.

UWS and Alzheimer Scotland are committed to working collaboratively to support the advancement of their respective strategic objectives and this new Partnership will see both organisations focus resources on shared priority areas. These primarily concern a joint commitment to further develop the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Dementia Policy & Practice; increasing collaborative working to influence policy; and shaping practice in dementia care, developing new and innovative interventions that reflect current needs and emerging policy.

Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We are delighted to have further enhanced our links with Alzheimer Scotland, which has been a close partner of ours for so many years.The School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery is committed to making an important and lasting contribution to our society and this partnership will result in even more benefits to those living, and caring for a loved one with dementia.”

Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 are under the age of 65. By the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer Scotland is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“It is hugely important for us to work in partnership with researchers who are dedicated to developing better practice in dementia. We must never lose sight of the people living with dementia today who can and should, benefit from dementia research. The University of the West of Scotland is at the forefront of developing new ideas and approaches to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them.”

BSG Past, Present and Future Event

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On Thursday 31st August 2017, the School is Hosting a British Society of Gerontology event at the Caird Building, Hamilton Campus.The event is also being supported by NHS Lanarkshire.

Called  The Past, Present and Future: Supporting Novice Researchers

The aim of the event is to bring together students, older people, practitioners and lecturers from across Lanarkshire to look at some of the research and work carried out previously and discuss possibilities for researching key later life issues considered important locally. We have a limited number of places for staff, students to attend this interesting day here at the Caird Building.

We have a number of places for staff, students and older people living locally to attend what will be an interesting day here at the Caird Building.

The day will include:

Presentations…

Posters….

A Research Jam (using Ketso)…. and

……. the launch of our new Tovertafel

If you would like to book a place to come along please contact Caroline Gibson at caroline.gibson@uws.ac.uk or phone 01698898241

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Arrangements for Enrolment – Trimester 1, 2017/18

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Enrollment for Trimester 1, 2017/18 gets underway from today and full details for this are given below. To view the opening times for online enrollment Click Here.

Continuing students

Online Enrolment will open on Wednesday 9 August 2017 for all students who received Proceed decisions from the June Progression and Award Boards (PABs). Eligible School of  HNM students will be able to access the enrollment system from the following time allocated by the School:

 

From 13:00 for School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery students
Students who have results still to be processed from Trimester 3 are going through August PABs from week commencing 14 August 2017 and will be eligible to enrol once they have received an email informing of the August PAB decision and a second email informing them that the system is now open for them to enrol.
Graduate School Students

Continuing students of the Graduate School will be notified separately, by Student Administration, with information about their ongoing enrollment. New students of the Graduate School will be able to enrol from 21 August 2017.

London Campus

Continuing students will be notified separately, by Student Administration, with information about their ongoing enrollment.

New London Students

New students will be allowed access to the enrollment system on the date allocated to their School which for our students is the 24 August 2017.

Please note that enrollment for new students will be a two stage process. The first stage involves the student completing the enrollment process in the online system.  Once completed, these students will appear in School enrollment figures e.g. in the Dashboard and will be available for staff to split into tutorial groups, allocation of personal tutors etc. The second stage is the verification of their enrollment by confirming their identity. Students will be required to provide photographic ID when they collect their student ID card. Once their enrollment has been verified, and their ID card has been activated, confirmations of enrollment will be sent to external bodies such as SAAS and SLC as appropriate.

If a student does not complete this second part of the enrollment process, staff should be in contact with these students to establish if they intend to complete their enrollment and commence their module/programme.

MSc in Gerontology New Pathway Approved

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Within the School the NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions teaching team have been working towards setting up a Masters Programme that will extend the work they do by creating a new pathway through our MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Programme.

Last month saw the approval of this new pathway which has also involved an alteration to the name of the original MSc Programme. So the School now hosts:

An MSc in Gerontology and the new pathway the MSc in Gerontology (with Dementia Care). Details of both courses can be found at:

https://pg2017.uws.ac.uk/courses/gerontology/

or contact the programme leader directly at raymond.duffy@uws.ac.uk

British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference, Swansea 2017

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Our School was well represented at this year’s British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference in Swansea held from the 5-7th. of July 2017. One of our 3rd year PhD students, Sam Quinn presented his work on ‘Ageing in Place with a Learning Disability and Dementia’ on the first day of the conference, which was well received in a session on minority groups. Day 2 saw Dr Kirstin James, Lecturer in Integrated Health and Social Care, presenting alongside her colleague Barry Sneddon of NHS Forth Valley. They presented work from their QNIS funded study ‘Our Visit’  an exciting project which focuses on promoting meaningful family visits in a community hospital setting. On the final day of the conference, Dr Louise Ritchie, Lecturer in Dementia (Research), presented her evaluation of the innovative ‘Dementia Dogs’ project in Scotland.

As well as thought provoking, insightful and innovative talks other highlights from the conference included:

  • The setting (see the picture) the new campus at Swansea University is the closest campus in the world to a beach. This was the setting for a BBQ on the first night and the 5k ramble the following morning to blow away the cobwebs (Is it too late to request a beach at the new Lanarkshire Campus?)
  • The Welsh hospitality, the BSG is a fully residential conference and the organising team (@CIASwansea) went out of their way to ensure each attendee was looked after. The conference dinner truly captured the theme of the conference ‘Do not go gentle – gerontology and a good old age’. There was no-one going gently that night. Great fun and a great networking opportunity.
  • The after dinner speaker at the dinner was Beti George, a Welsh radio presenter who was a carer for her husband David Parry-Jones who sadly passed away earlier this year. Beti gave a truly inspirational speech, although she precluded with ‘…this may come across as a rant – but I hear ranting is good for digestion’. She received a standing ovation for her speech. Beti has previously worked with staff from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice to film her BBC documentary ‘Beti and David: Lost for Words.’ She is now filming a follow-up documentary and she hopes to be able to improve the support available in Wales for people with dementia and their families.
  • The conference proceedings were captured visually each day by an artist in residence (@eleanorbeer) which provided a great talking point at breaks as well as a lasting memento of the conference.

“Compassionate Care: Getting it Right” CPD Course About to Restart

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word-cloud-936542__340UWS has partnered with the University of Dundee and the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre to develop a free online course, Compassionate Care: Getting it Right, which will begin on the 17th of July.

When we first ran this course in October 2016, nearly 10,000 health and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users joined in to share their experiences of delivering and receiving compassionate care.
The course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about person-centred care and quality improvement. With 15 hours of learning over 5 weeks, the course gives learners the chance to hear from experts in the field and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others. Participants may also choose to take part in a research study which aims to increase the evidence base of knowledge around online learning and health & social care.

The trailer provides an introduction, and enrollment is now open, to view it click here.