UWS representation at the World Nursing Conference in Singapore.

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The school of Health, Nursing & Midwifery was well represented at the recent World Nursing Conference in Singapore. The Conference is in its 5th year and attracted delegates from 18 different countries from around the world, presenting on a wide range of diverse topics. UWS has had a regular presence at this event over the past few years. Professor Jean Rankin, who was co-chair of the programme committee, presented research she had conducted in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire. Professor Rankin’s mixed-methods research paper was entitled “Continuing Professional Development: Integral to the Role for Everyday Practice in Healthcare“. In addition, Professor Rankin chaired sessions on both days of the conference.DFkNQ-fUQAEfEMA.jpg large.jpg

Dr David Hunter presented some of the findings from his Professional Doctorate. David’s qualitative research paper was entitled “Doing the Little Things: The Meaning of Compassionate Care to Scottish Student Nurses“. As an unexpected honour, David was asked to chair the afternoon session on day two. The conference ended with a complimentary tour of Singapore, visiting the Merlion Park at the waterfront and Chinatown. More details about the event, including dates for 2018, are available here: http://nursing-conf.org/

Studying for a PhD

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Our PhD students work at the forefront of their academic subject and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

To be a success they need to be passionate about their subject area, have an enthusiasm for research and analysis, and the motivation to manage their own personal learning programmes. Want to know more? Watch the video:


Thinking about applying and need more information click here


MSc Global Primary Care Management

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Our school offers a variety of innovative programmes with hands-on experience working in state-of-the-art virtual ward situations to help you achieve your ambitions. Our graduates and staff are making an immense contribution to improving the health of the nation and are also making their mark across the world to improve health and well-being internationally.

Our MSc in Global Primary Care Management is focussed on improving population health status by integrating elements of traditional ‘health’ and business thinking. It aims to encourage creativity and innovation, to develop wider systems thinking and to generate sustainable and measurable changes in primary care systems and/or services in target populations. The programme benefits greatly from the unique blending of expertise in two Schools (Health & Business) in creating a new type of graduate.  You can click here for more details and to apply!


Skills4Nurses Jobs Fair; Glasgow

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Skills4Nurses will be holding its Jobs Fair in Glasgow at the Grand Central Hotel
The S4N Jobs Fair is now open to all healthcare professionals including nurses in all specialities, doctors, midwives, healthcare assistants, allied healthcare and ALL FINAL YEAR students within the healthcare sector.




The jobs Fair will take place on Thursday 31st August 2017 : Grand Central Hotel GLASGOW between 9.00am – 4pm.

Entry is free. More details about the event can be found at the Skills4Nurses website 





At the Second Healthcare Improvement Science Summer School

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The Healthcare Improvement Science summer school, hosted by the University of Alicante was set up between UWS and the University of Alicante, as a direct result of our school leading on the “Improvement Science training for European Healthcare workers” (ISTEW) project,  which involved collaboration with seven other European countries.

The aim of ISTEW was to develop shared academic and practice based programmes that enable European universities to build improvement capacity and capability within their own healthcare workforce.

Based on the principle findings of the ISTEW project the aim of HIS summer school is to introduce students to the principles of improvement science. The summer school aim to help our students to understand the value of evidence-based practice and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to translate evidence into practice allowing them to undertake making improvements to care with confidence.

Eight student nurses and midwives from our School attended this year, and their trip involved visits to two Spanish Hospitals. During their visits, the students were given a tour of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology facilities, Paediatric, Surgical and Intensive Care areas. The clinical staff took time to discuss their approaches to healthcare and offered our students the opportunity to ask many questions.

Once again the programme was well-evaluated, and this year’s students have made some fantastic proposals that will be used in the development of future programmes.

If you want to know more about what attending the Summer School was like visit: https://ournursingstories.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/alicante-summer-school/



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.

Neonatal Students Graduate!

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Another group of students have graduated with the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing. This enables them to be recognised as being Qualified in Speciality within their respective neonatal units. This is the second of three NHS Education for Scotland (NES) funded cohorts with the final cohort due to complete at the end of the year. Linda Hannah said –

Linda Hannah said –

I’m delighted that so many neonatal staff are now QIS trained which is helping to meet Scottish Government targets of at least 70% of registered neonatal nurses being QIS. Students come from all over Scotland to study part-time at UWS“.

Hearty congratulations to all!

L to R – Jane Miller, Lynn Shearer, Jane Munro (winner of the Court medal), Linda Hannah (Programme Lead), Michelle Brown, Lisa Hawkins, Laura Murray and Jacqueline Kennedy. 

Zoey Jim also attended the ceremony but was unable to stay for photographs. Unfortunately, not all of the cohort were able to attend the ceremony.