Midwifery Lecturer helps host #VIDoM

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Once again Linda Wylie, from the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, is one of a team of 8 volunteers from around the world, organising the #VIDoM to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. The volunteers are leading academics, midwives and technology experts from UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.

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The VIDM is a free online conference lasting for 24 hours to celebrate the IDM in all the world’s time zones. Now in its 8th year, speakers this year come from 15 different countries and are presenting on a wide range of topics. Keynote speakers are Professors Eugene Declercq from the USA, Maralyn Foureur and Caroline Homer from Australia, and Ellen Blix from Norway.

Concurrently, as a result of the success of these last year, three student cafés are being held, again for the different time zones, in which students will facilitate discussion around midwifery education and practice. New this year, in response to last year’s evaluation,  three workshops are being held on Waterbirth, Neonatal Resuscitation and Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section.

The conference is free. There is no need to register, just follow the link on the website www.vidm.org on 5th May to contribute to any of the 24 one hour sessions.

One of the speakers this year attended 23 of the sessions last year! Her comment – a chance not to be missed. Continuing Professional Development at no cost other than time.


Congratulations Toni. Presentation Success.

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Toni McIntosh, who recently completed her MSc Adult Nursing pre-registration programme , secured an RCN supported place at their prestigious International Research Conference in Edinburgh earlier this month. Toni showcased both a poster and delivered an oral presentation based upon her MSc dissertation work. With a keen interest in sports, Toni had undertaken a literature review regarding the barriers to physical activity faced by obese adults. Supervised by David Hunter and Sue Royce (Lecturers in Adult Health), Toni has also had an article recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Research in Nursing. Currently, Toni works three days per week in the community within NHS Ayrshire and Arran and two days with the RCN. She is due to graduate at Hamilton Campus in June. What a great way to start your career!

Research Student Conference 2016

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The UWS Graduate School Research Student Conference, which will showcase the best in postgraduate research student presentations, is taking place at Paisley Campus on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April at Paisley Campus (D143) from 09.45-16.30

Student Presentations will be held, with a Poster Competition and Awards Ceremony taking place in the Brough Hall on Thursday 28 April 2016, 10.00-14.30.

Sponsorship for participation can be obtained via application at the following site:


Mark Presents at NETNEP16

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Mark Molesworth, an Adult Nurse Lecturer based at our Dumfries Campus has just returned from the 6th International Nurse Education Conference in Brisbane Australia where he was presenting research that he and Prof. Moira Lewitt have been working on.  The focus of this research has been the learning and teaching of biosciences within practice placement settings from the perspective of student nurses.  This featured within a Symposium held at the conference on  “Bioscience education: Enhancing international Curricula through innovation and evaluation research”  which generated much interest and discussion.  The work Mark presented is related to his PhD inquiry which aims to explore these issues further. Mark and the symposium group are pictured below.


Here is what Mark had to say about the event:

“I feel very privileged to have been supported to attend this by the Dean of the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery.  The conference has expanded my understanding of nurse education at a global level and I have been deeply influenced by the pedagogical research that was presented by delegates from across the world.  I attended a total of 30 presentations from leading academics who provided a broad range of perspectives on nurse education. There are too many to mention here but I was particularly inspired by Prof. Anne-Marie Rafferty’s presentation titled Realising the benefits of investments in nurse education for better care, Prof. Tracey Levett-Jones Harnessing the power of stories, statistics and simulations: reflections on an evolving patient safety programme and ‘Get out of there’ undergraduate nurses’ experiences of bullying by Dr. Helen Courtney-Pratt.  The conference has given me the opportunity to develop strong links with colleagues from all over the world but it has also highlighted that I need to make even more effort to take advantage of the expertise that I may have previously taken for granted at UWS! Indeed, our own Prof. Billy Lauder opened and closed the conference. The chair of my symposium was Colonel (Retired) Alan Finnegan who is Professor of Nursing and Military Mental Health at the University of Chester.  Anne Waugh, Director of Academic Quality at Edinburgh Napier University, was the main protagonist in putting together the symposium and also chaired the session. You may have heard of Anne already as she authored: “Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness” and “Foundations of Nursing Practice”.  The other presenters were Dr Katherine Rogers from Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Catherine Redmond and Dr Carmel Davies both from University College Dublin.  We are all members of Bioscience in Nurse Education (BiNE) so had met previously and it was great to spend time with like-minded colleagues. BiNE is a special interest group within the Higher Education Academy and further information can be found here: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/bioscience-nurse-education-bine-special-interest-group 

A strong theme running through the conference was research supporting the efficacy of Inter-professional Education.  As a member of the Learning for Inter-professional Practice interest group led by Prof. Moira Lewitt and Dr Beth Cross (School of Education) I was particularly interested to note some of the examples presented at the conference.  All acknowledged the complexity and challenges of genuine inter-professional education but also highlighted the significant rewards.  I am just in the process of finalising the next meeting of the group which will take place in May so if any of my colleagues are interested please get in touch with me and I can add you to the mailing list. You can reach me at: mark.molesworth@uws.ac.uk

It was a long flight, and the six days I had in Australia flew by, but the conference was exciting and inspiring and it is an experience I will never forget.”

The next NETNEP conference will be  2 years’ time. Details have still to be announced.

International Day of The Midwife is 5th. of May

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To mark the International Day of the Midwife on Thursday 5th May the School’s Midwifery team will be holding a celebration at Paisley Campus. This will mark the fantastic work delivered by midwives locally, nationally and globally. The team have arranged for some excellent external speakers to come to share their experiences of midwifery care from a global perspective. The event will also be working closely with Maria McNamara the founder of the Smalls for All charity. For more information on ‘Smalls for All’ please visit their website at:- http://www.smallsforall.org/

Here is a small excerpt of what the charity aims to do:-

“Smalls for All is a charity which helps women and children in Africa meet their most basic hygiene and security needs.

Smalls for All was launched in 2009 by Maria after she read an article about the many problems that women and children in Zimbabwe faced due to not having any underwear. We help thousands of women and children in poorer areas of Africa and those with medical conditions like fistula. It’s hard to believe that something as simple as providing underwear can help. But it really does make a huge difference.

Ahead of May 5th we would welcome donations of new and nearly new bras, new pants for girls, boys and women and any monetary donations you feel able to give. There will be collection points around the school but in the meantime if you wish to hand items in, please give them to any member of the midwifery team on any campus. They will collect the items together and present them to Maria on May 5th.

We will also be celebrating this event by having a cake decorating competition. Are you a baker? Do you love a challenge? Why don’t you try to win a prize? Here are some examples from previous years.

Have You Thought About Entering the 3MT Competion?

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For the second year running, UWS is hosting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience – all in just three minutes.

3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries.

All our health and social care research students are invited to take part and the winning entrant will have a chance to progress to the UK finals hosted by Vitae. https://www.vitae.ac.uk/

Research students, you have until Monday 2nd May to sign up for the competition, participation requires attendance at the 3MT clinic on Wednesday 4thMay and competition first round on Thursday 19th May. Use the link below to sign up:


Schedule of events:

Workshop: Performance & Presentation – Tues 3rd May

Three Minute Thesis Clinic – Wednesday 4th May

Competition 1st Round – Thursday 19th May

Grand Final – Wednesday 15th June

Lanarkshire’s Leading Better Care

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Our School hosted an event at Hamilton Campus on Thursday 31 March 2016 which celebrated the successful delivery of the Leading Better Care (LBC) project within NHS Lanarkshire.

This creative collaboration between the School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and NHS Lanarkshire, which was established in 2012, enabled a whole system approach to support Senior Charge Nurses/Midwives and Team Leaders to fulfil their leadership role.

The national LBC programme was developed by the Scottish Government as a result of the Senior Charge Nurse (SCN) review in 2008. The wide variation in the functions and responsibilities of SCNs across NHS Scotland highlighted the need for greater standardisation of the role, with a key set of responsibilities, competencies and skills. It resulted in the development of a standard framework for the SCN with four key role dimensions linked to the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

Within the dimensions of the LBC framework the partnership between the School and NHS Lanarkshire saw the creation of a diverse range of 12 work-packages to facilitate staff development, education and research. The diversity of projects ranged from recruitment and selection processes through to leadership and educational development.


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The event at Hamilton Campus celebrated the LBC journey, with colleagues from the School and NHS Lanarkshire delivering presentations around the key themes of Nursing Midwifery & Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Selection, Induction and Development; Staff Development; Quality and Care Assurance; and the Research and Development evidence that has been produced.

Jacqueline Kerr of the University’s School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery said: “We are delighted to have hosted this event at our Hamilton Campus which saw colleagues from UWS and NHS Lanarkshire come together to celebrate the success of the LBC project, which was a unique partnership nationally. This highly successful project between UWS and NHS Lanarkshire will enable the health board’s workforce to respond effectively to the demands the integration of Health and Social Care will bring.”