Feature Article by UWS Mental Health Team

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Congratulations to UWS mental health nursing lecturers Heather Nesbitt and Michael Follan, whose article ‘Physical health assessment and care management within community addiction settings’ is featured on the cover of the July issue of the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

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Dr Karen Watchman presented with Dementia Research Leaders Award

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Dr Karen Watchman has been presented with a Dementia Research Leaders award by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of their  2015 Research Leaders programme.  The award includes £500 for career development and was made in recognition of outstanding use of evidence in dementia research. This acknowledges Karen’s inclusion of people with a learning disability in research and her determination  that findings are appropriately disseminated using a range of accessible methods. Examples of Karen’s work include a UK-wide learning disability and dementia Train the Trainer programme and  the internationally acclaimed Supporting Derek training resource. Current work includes Jenny’s Diary, an evidence based resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability, developed in collaboration with Sam Quinn, PhD student,  UWS and Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, St. George’s, University of London & Kingston University.

Karen is Alzheimer Scotland Senior Lecturer in Dementia  and Depute Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at Hamilton campus. She is pictured receiving the award from Ann Beasley, Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society Board of Trustees at the Alzheimer ‘s Society Research Conference in Manchester on 30th June 2015.

Holistic Skills Module

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We are in the planning stages of the Holistic Skills module at Paisley campus and hope to use the bus as one of our areas for simulation. Scenarios that would be ideal to use here include Trauma and Triage. Pictured below are Charlotte Fairley and Cate O’Kane.

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Erasmus 2015

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As part of our Erasmus exchanges at Paisley campus, we set up an Erasmus base group to welcome and support our incoming nursing students. This group comprised of both adult and mental health nursing students who were unable to embark on Erasmus exchange but were still keen to be involved in Internationalisation. The group got exposure and understanding of Erasmus and contributed to the positive experience for our incoming students, from Finland and Slovenia. We hope to repeat this good practice this year and would ask any September 2013 cohort students wishing to be involved in this rewarding opportunity, please get in touch with either Chris Collins (Erasmus Co-ordinator) or Cate O’Kane (Erasmus site lead at Paisley).

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Dementia@UWS Open Event

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On Friday 14th August between 9.30-12.00 the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice extend an open invitation to come and look around their dementia related teaching and learning environment at Caird Building on the Hamilton Campus.

Come and have tea and coffee with us and visit the dementia friendly hospital ward, pop up pub, reminiscence room, UWS Domus and talk to our staff and students . This event is free but you must book in advance (even if you are a staff member or a UWS student)

http://uws-dementia-exhibition.eventbrite.com  

This event has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Vice Chair of Alzheimer’s Europe to Speak at Public Event in August

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The second engagement event to be hosted by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the Caird Building in Hamilton will also take place on Thursday 13th August

This will be an Inaugural Lecture delivered by Visiting Professor Iva Holmerová , of the Charles University, Prague.

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Iva Holmerová is the Chair of the Czech Alzheimer Society, which she co-founded in 1997. A practicing physician since 1981, she is qualified in General and Geriatric Medicine and also holds a PhD in Social Gerontology. She is also the Director of the Czech Centre of Gerontology (since 1992), the President of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (since 1997) and a committee member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) since 1997. She is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Charles University (Prague) and was named Visiting Professor at the University of the West of Scotland just last year.

Iva has been a Board member of Alzheimer Europe since 2008 and Vice-Chairperson since 2010.

For more details about this event visit the following website

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dementia-inaugural-lecture-visiting-professor-iva-holmerova-czech-republic-tickets-17605120389?aff=erellivorg

Although the event is free you must book in advance at the Eventbrite site that you access using the event information. We are particularly keen that community/voluntary/carer groups and local/small businesses come along to these events and the Centre have asked staff to share this information among their wider networks.

Please note that UWS staff and students are also required to book a (free) place via Eventbrite in order to monitor the numbers attending.

Dementia in the Workplace & Information Sessions

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On Thursday 13th August from 12.30 onwards the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice are hosting a series of free public engagement activities supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The events will take place at the Caird Building in Hamilton. The first of these events is a series of mini-lectures and workshops looking at Dementia in the Workplace. A half-day programme of mini lectures and information sessions has been planned. For more details about this event visit the following website  http://uws-dementia-in-the-workplace.eventbrite.com  Although the event is free you must book in advance at the Eventbrite site that you access using the event information. We are particularly keen that community/voluntary/carer groups and local/small businesses come along to these events and the Centre have asked staff to share this information among their wider networks.

Please note that UWS staff and students are also required to book a (free) place via Eventbrite for catering purposes and to monitor the numbers attending.