Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme (STARS) 2015

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Thanks to everyone who nominated one of our staff colleagues for a STARS Award in the 5th UWS Staff Appreciation & Recognition Awards! Across the University over 200 nominations were received from students and colleagues. Well done to all those who were nominated – receiving a nomination is a fantastic achievement in itself.

There are 6 categories and in the final shortlist for ‘Outstanding Service to Students’ Heather Nesbitt Lecturer at the Hamilton Campus has made the final three.

In the ‘Outstanding Leadership’ category Shirley Turberville (Campus Director/Senior Lecturer) Dumfries has also made the final three.(Shirley was also nominated separately in the ‘Outstanding Service to Colleagues’ category).

Congratulations on receiving individual nominations are also due to:

Charlotte Fairley, Skills Lab Facilitator at Paisley, Rosemary Mullen; Cate O’Kane, Marissa Stevenson, Brian Johnston and Vicky Wilson all lecturers at Paisley. Tony Wales, Winnie McGarry and Steven Morrison all lecturers at Hamilton. Stuart Telfer Lecturer, and Vivien Hamilton SAAS Administrator at Ayr and finally Julie Orr at Dumfries

Congratulations on receiving collective nominations are also due to the following teams of lecturers:

Di Douglas, Hazel McWhinnie, Gillian McTaggart, Meghan Bateson, Vivianne Crispin, Margaret Rooney and Angela Quigley; all at Hamilton. Helen Rainey, Elaine Gifford and Brian Johnston all at Paisley. Julie Orr, Amanda Carson and Maureen Crowley all at Dumfries and Nan Bryden and Pauline Robb at Ayr.

A talented crowd and hopefully more to come next year!

Delivering Dignity Initiative Projects Published

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This month the Queen’s Nursing Institute for Scotland (QNIS) updated its website to give each of the Delivering Dignity projects their own, individual page. These have now all gone live signalling the end of the six projects that were selected for funding. Two of these projects were conducted by staff within the School, so congratulations are due to  Professor Belinda Dewar and Tamsin MacBride who used a number of methods including observation and stories to try to capture interactions within a local care home that worked well in promoting a sense of dignity for residents, families and staff. These were fed back to people involved and they explored with explored with them how to help excellent interactions happen more of the time. For more details about there work see

Congratulations also to Margaret Brown, Hazel McWhinnie, Janice McAlister and our former Professor Dr. Pauline Banks who worked with the staff of Erskine Care Home to use all five senses to enhance the eating and drinking experience of people with advanced dementia helping to find new ways to guide staff in assisting the person to eat and drink. To find out more about this project go to

For all the information about this QNIS initiative and to download the report featured in the picture visit:

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly – BSc Midwifery/MSc Midwifery Re-accredited

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Our BSc MIdwifery and MSc Midwifery programmes have both been successfully re-accredited as UNICEF UK Baby Friendly.

The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative provides a framework for the implementation of best practice by NHS trusts, other health care facilities and higher education institutions, with the aim of ensuring that all parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies and are supported in their chosen feeding method. Facilities and institutions that meet the required standards like UWS, are assessed and accredited as Baby Friendly. See for more details.

Implementing Baby Friendly standards is a proven way of increasing breastfeeding rates. It also means that the health professionals that we train are highly capable of giving mothers the support, information and encouragement they need.

Congratulations to the Midwifery team and a special thanks to all the students who took part in the assessment process on Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of May.

UWS was one of the first organisations to commit to this initiative in 2005 and our Midwifery programmes have been accredited  as Baby Friendly since June 2007.  

Gerontology Interest Group

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The next Gerontology Interest Group event will take place on Tuesday 23rd. June 2015 at Paisley Campus, Room P118. The event is free to attend. It will run from 12 Noon to 16:00. You can download details of who is speaking from the following webpage under “Latest Event” Formed in 1998, the Interest Group provides an opportunity to network and meet and discuss good practice and research within older peoples’ health and social care, to all professionals who work with older people. Students in any of the caring professions who have an interest in older peoples’ issues are especially welcome. If you would like to attend please contact or telephone her at 0141 849 4200. If you would like to be added to the database to hear about future events, or to present to the group, the form for joining can be downloaded from the web address given on this page

New Books Featuring UWS Staff

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Congratulations to Fiona Everett, David Hunter and Wendy Wright who have all contributed to new publications from Sage Publications Ltd. The books they have chapters in are

Delves-Yates C. and Elcock K (eds) (2015) Essentials of Nursing Practice. London, Sage. See

and Delves-Yates C. (ed) (2015) Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses: Step by Step Guide. London, Sage. See

Fiona and Wendy were both involved in editing this second book.


Both books should be appearing in a University Library near you soon.

Maternal Family and Child Health Conference

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Nutrition and Family Wellbeing Conference 2015
Wednesday 17 June 2015, 9am – 4pm
University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus, Scotland, UK

Healthy Option

The Institute for Maternal, Child and Family Health are holding their 2nd annual conference at UWS Paisley Campus in June 2015.

The aim of the conference is to promote knowledge of nutrition, healthy eating and other food related issues to optimise family wellbeing.

Keynote speakers will include Professor Majid Ali, Clinical Director of Surgery and endoscopy at the University Hospital Ayr, Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Professor Charlotte Wright, Professor of Community Child Health at the University of Glasgow.

School officially launches DVD to help carers of people with Dementia

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) officially launched a new DVD, which will provide invaluable support and advice for carers of the person with advanced dementia, on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at Avonbridge Hotel, Hamilton.

The film, ‘This worked for me’, which was funded by NHS Lanarkshire, was produced by a team led by carers of people with advanced dementia.

The film, which was highly commended at the recent Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland’s Practice Excellence Awards 2015, is mainly for family or friends of people with dementia but others who provide care will also find the film a valuable resource, including practitioners in health and social care, students, volunteers and supporters. The film celebrates the voices and wisdom of carers of the person with advanced dementia and shares their stories of care and offers ideas about what worked for them in their daily life.

This film’s production team were supported by a group of practitioners and nursing students, from NHS Lanarkshire, University of the West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland.

Dementia is a growing health concern with around 800,000 people living with the condition in the UK, and numbers projected to rise to over a million by 2021. UWS is committed to making an important, transformational contribution to its local communities and society in general and is widely known for its innovative work in the area of dementia

The University, which is set to become Scotland’s first Dementia Friendly University, has undertaken a range of projects to raise awareness and understanding of the condition. The University’s work in this area is hugely important as it is vital that as many people as possible are aware of the condition, the challenges people with dementia may face and the positive steps we can all take to make a difference to their lives.
Margaret Brown, who is based in the University’s School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and is a key member of the UWS Older Persons’ Health and Wellbeing group, said: “We are delighted to have launched this DVD which will be a hugely important resource for carers of people with advanced dementia. At UWS we are committed to making a difference in the area of dementia and are delighted to have played an important role in the creation of this highly informative DVD.”