Older Peoples’ Health

Launch of the LIFE Programmes

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The launch of LIFE programmes will take place at the University of the West of Scotland Paisley campus on Tuesday 24th July (10am-2pm). Click here to register

 The LIFE programmes aim to support people to develop positive caring cultures in housing, health and social care, as well as, other educational and practice-oriented public service contexts. Click below to see a video with more information about the programmes.




The essence of the LIFE programmes is to value Learning and Innovating from Everyday Excellence (LIFE) as an approach to bringing about transformational change. The underpinning conceptual framework for the LIFE programmes has been generated and researched over a number of years in a wide range of settings.  The framework encompasses using Appreciative Inquiry and Caring Conversations to promote relationship-centred and evidence-informed practice.  This approach has been recognised nationally and internationally through the work of the My Home Life programme and other practice development initiatives which aim to promote sustainable, positive culture change.

For those who currently or previously have been involved with these programmes, this event is a chance to connect with and celebrate this new phase in the LIFE journey. For those who are new to the LIFE programmes, it will offer a lively, participatory way in which to engage and find out more.

In essence, the day will offer opportunities to:

Learn more about how we bring Life programmes alive-

you will be introduced to the people, relationships, methods and resources that breathe life into the Life programmes

Hear stories from practitioners who have benefited from the programme- these are likely to be stories of bewilderment, new discoveries, wee mistakes, rich conversations and celebrations

Consider how our approach could be applied in your own work setting-

LIFE programmes offer an approach that is as relevant to the chat over tea as it is to the strategic planning meeting, this event will be a chance to explore the ways in which it is applicable to your context

I look forward to the opportunity the launch event presents to explore the potential for the growth of new and existing relationships as we collaborate on shaping the future possibilities of LIFE.




@AlzScotCPP in Alicante, España

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It’s Dementia Awareness Week here in Scotland but  Dr Margaret Brown, Dr Rhoda Macrae and Anna Jack-Waugh have been off to the University of Alicante to raise dementia awareness there as well

They have been teaching on the first the Erasmus funded dementia education programme which was titled “Understanding Dementia: A Practical Introduction for Students, Practitioners and Family Caregivers.”  

The staff all from the Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice who are all based within our School on the Hamilton Campus facilitated what was a very well received evidence into practice programme for a mixed group of health professionals and students from across the Province and wider.

The week was hosted by Professor Manuel Lillo-Crespo a longstanding research collaborator with the School and the Alzheimer’s Centre.

To find out more about the course and project visit:



Another Rise in Our THE Young University Ranking for 2018

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THE World University Rankings

The Young University Rankings, published by Times Higher Education, is one of the most prestigious rankings for Universities and it is with absolute pleasure and immense pride that we want to share their latest tables.

UWS was very pleased with last year’s ranking, putting UWS in the top 151-200 young universities in the world, so we should take great pleasure in achieving an even higher ranking this year, putting us into the world’s top 101-150 young universities.

The Young University Rankings are for universities established less than 50 years ago and are designed to demonstrate the impact on the world stage of universities in years, rather than centuries, highlighting future rising stars.

The prestigious table applies the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as the overall THE World University Rankings – with young universities measured across their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

This recognition comes as we prepare to launch our brand new £110 million campus in Lanarkshire, which opens its doors to all students for the first time in September. The University recognises that there is a considerable amount of hard work ongoing to make sure the first students through the doors will experience everything befitting of a 21st Century University and more.

The improved Times Higher ranking is a wonderful achievement for us, and truly reflects the hard work and effort of colleagues across our campuses and the tremendous input we have from our partners and stakeholders.

UWS is also bucking the national trend for domestic application rates, as prospective students recognise the flexible, modern teaching environment delivered by UWS. Our retention rates are higher than ever before and improving, thanks to our student-centred, personalised learning and teaching experience approach, which is absolutely central to our purpose. UWS graduates are increasingly finding positive and long-term employment in their chosen industries as we develop and expand our offering to equip students with the skills necessary to enter the world of work.

Professor Craig Mahoney, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor wishes to thank all involved for their continued hard work and commitment, the value of which is immeasurable in ensuring the University has a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland, and beyond.

You can view the THE rankings table in full here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/young-university-rankings

Class in Bag Research Project

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The University’s Dementia Class in a Bag resource was out and about again last week when UWS academics visited St Mary’s Primary School in Paisley as part of a research project exploring how school children learn about dementia in primary school.

The UWS academics – Dr Louise Ritchie, Dr Susan Henderson and Dr Graeme Truslove – introduced the pupils to Dementia Class in a Bag which is our school’s intergenerational, portable educational resource which facilitates awareness raising about dementia for people of all ages in a variety of healthcare and community settings. There are three workshops associated with Dementia Class in a Bag – Dementia and the Brain, the Sensory experience of dementia and Supporting a person with dementia

The University recently created a new version of the Bag which is designed for schools so that class teachers can run sessions independently of our staff and students. Much of the bag is based on experiential learning where the pupils interact with the materials in the bag with the goal of giving them an insight into what people with dementia may experience. Teachers then work with them to think about ways that they can interact and support people they may know who have dementia.

The visit to St Mary’s Primary School took place on 31 May 2018 with a Dementia Class in a Bag session being given to a primary 6 class of 30 pupils. The session was delivered by the class teacher with the UWS academics on hand to provide support and collect data for the research project.

As part of the research the academics asked the pupils to film their own experience of using the Bag using iPads which they hope will give them the child’s perspective on the learning experience and a deeper understanding of the interactions with the materials in the Bag. Dr Ritchie said:

“We were delighted to have delivered this session at St Mary’s as part of our wider research project. The response we got from the children was fantastic – they were really interested in learning about the brain and also the sensory experience of dementia.”

Please Help With Our Thunderclap!

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Do you use Facebook, Twitter or tumblr? If so you can help us by supporting Dementia Awareness week in Scotland, which starts on the 4th of June.

For Dementia Awareness Week the School and the Alzheimers Centre for Policy and Practice are taking part in a Thunderclap on Twitter/Facebook/tumblr to raise awareness of the need for dementia education for all health and social care staff.

We need you to click on the bliue link below before Monday 4th. June.

It’s not enough just to click on the link though, you also need to SUPPORT US by clicking on the RED BOX for the Social Media platform you want to send our message out from.


If we can reach a hundred by Monday then the Thunderclap will be activated at the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

During this years Dementia Awareness week from th3 4th -11th of June the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice will also have the #oneweething campaign on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to get an idea of how the #oneweething works click the link above or search it up on Google and you will find many supporters and resources on the hastag.

“Find out more about dementia education at UWS which makes a meaningful difference to those affected by dementia. http://thndr.me/AsWAIA

Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here: www.uws.ac.uk/opendays

What is Your #oneweething?

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The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP), which is based within our School on the Hamilton Campus is running a social media campaign in support of Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th June 2018.

Using the Twitter hashtag #oneweething, the Centre aims to build on the success of last year’s campaign and raise awareness of good dementia care practices, in particular, the important worked carried out by Scotland’s National Dementia Champions which have all been trained by the staff here at UWS.

The ASCPP leads the delivery of the National Dementia Champions programme which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy. This important programme creates ‘Dementia Champions’ to improve the quality of care provided for people with dementia and caring families across Scotland.

As part of this campaign, UWS is urging health professionals and members of the public to tweet about how Dementia Champions have improved the lives, experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers.

Professor Debbie Tolson, ASCPP director said:

“Throughout all our work with the Dementia Champions, we repeatedly hear ‘it’s just a wee thing.’ or ‘it’s only a wee thing, but it helps’. Our campaign aims to raise awareness that you can make a big difference to individuals and families experience of dementia starting with one small change. When we add up all the wee things that make a difference we are using knowledge to improving lives.”

For more information on Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (4-10 June) visit Alzheimer Scotland’s official campaign website at www.alzscot.org/daw and if you are on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr join the Thunderclap at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/69740-dementiaawareness-week-2018