Older Peoples’ 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.”

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Join Our Free “Tackling Inequalities” Course

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Our University has partnered with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) and the University of Dundee on a free online course called Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design, which will launch on 18th February on FutureLearn. 

We have had nearly 15,000 health, and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users join in on our MOOCs so far. 

This course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about what health inequalities are, and how we can work together to reduce them. With 12 hours of learning over four weeks, the course gives learners the chance to learn about successful projects across Scotland and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others.  

The course is open for enrollment now:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/tackling-inequalities. 

Launch of ‘Kinections: Strengthening Community in Care Homes Within East Ayrshire

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A new project in East Ayrshire will be launched on Feb 6th, 2018 the University of the West of Scotland Ayr campus.

The project, ‘Kinections- strengthening community in care homes’ is being delivered thanks to £225,000 funding from The Life Changes Trust.

The project 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 project will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across the East Ayrshire region and those who support them, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in an 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 the capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and the wider community. As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities, and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said,

“We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement, and significance.”

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

“Dementia can really affect someone’s life in a number of ways and they can often end up isolated. Here in East Ayrshire, we are constantly striving to make sure no one is left feeling lonely and getting the community involved with our care homes is definitely having a positive impact on our residents with dementia. This funding from the Life Changes Trust is fantastic as it gives us the opportunity to further involve the community in our care homes and bridge the gap between all our residents here in East Ayrshire.”

For tickets to the event CLICK HERE. The Password if required is “community”

For more information on Life Change Trust funding for Dementia Friendly Communities, see the Trust website: http://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/projects/dementia-friendly-communities

Thanks from Scottish Womens Aid

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Thank you to everyone in the School who made extremely generous donations of toys, gifts and hygiene products to Woman’s Aid Scotland for women and children living in refuge over Christmas.

The donations were dropped off at the Woman’s Aid office for Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire on December 21st  and the staff were truly overwhelmed by the donations of hygiene products for daily living, and the collection of gifts for Children aged 0-16.

Heather Russell, CEO of Woman’s Aid has been in touch with those who organised the donation and thanked us:

“On behalf of Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire, I would like to thank you and everyone who contributed for all for your kind Christmas pledges and the generous donations… Through your noteworthy generosity, we can continue to support our diverse service provision.  Your commitment to continuing to support our charity is genuinely appreciated. All of the thoughtful donations are important particularly at this time of year in allowing us to organise various festive activities including children’s Christmas parties, and provide individual gifts for each woman and child using our services service.”   

As well as the donations, we will be sending a cheque to them in the New Year from the money collected from the ‘#Hello, My name is…’ badges.

The charity will use this contribution for workshops focusing on the Mental Health of teenagers within the refuge.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year From Everyone Here @uwshealth

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For everyone celebrating today, we wish you a happy holiday We would particularly like to thank all of the heath and social care workers who are working at this time. Thank you for keeping us all safe and we wish you all the joys of this holiday season.

May your holiday season be wrapped in cheer and filled with celebrations for the New Year.

Dr Caroline Sime Awarded a CSO Grant for COPD Study

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Congratulations to Dr Caroline Sime who at the start of this month was awarded a grant from the Chief Scientist Office for her project

‘Qualitative Study Exploring The Acceptability, Facilitators And Barriers To Accessing A Palliative Care Service For People Living With End-Stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’.

The grant is to continue the work being done within the School with our NHS colleagues, looking at improving the service provision and access to specialist palliative care for people with a non-malignant disease. Caroline’s grant has been awarded in collaboration with her colleague Professor Kevin Rooney and Dr David Anderson, both from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

We know that most specialist palliative care services are used by people with a cancer diagnosis, and the benefits of doing so are well documented. Caroline and colleagues work  aims to explore what people need, and want, from specialist services to help support them and improve their experiences of living with end stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The aim for this work is for it to contribute to the development of a larger study to improve the service provision of palliative care to people with end-stage COPD.