Meningitis Vaccination Session in Hamilton

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The University’s Health & Safety Services is working closely with its public health colleagues at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to keep students informed of the dangers of Meningitis.

Meningitis is most commonly found in children and young people and the incidence of meningococcal W (Men W) disease is increasing in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.

Students who are under 25, attending university for the first time and have not already received a dose of MenACWY vaccine since August 2015 from their GP or at school, are encouraged to attend a vaccination session at Hamilton Campus.

The vaccination session, which is being administered by NHS staff, is taking place on Monday 10 October, from 9am to 4.30pm in the Alamada Building; in Room A154. This event follows a vaccination session at Paisley Campus in September and other sessions are currently being arranged for the University’s other campuses.  If you have any questions regarding the vaccination session next month or future sessions please email


Am I Only a Student Nurse?

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A Poem:


I am only a student nurse is what we often say, I am only a student nurse is what some hear, but in all honesty, that’s not true.

When we first start out we are scared to say, but time rolls on and we find we tend to pray, not for the marks we wish to gain, but for the poor souls when we feel their pain.

As the time goes on some will falter, we all find the strength from one another, and this is when we all become stronger.

Before we know our time as a student comes to an end and the next batch of fear starts to appear.

It’s all so true that the world is a scary place, but again we are never alone.

We are the ones who are there when people have no other, we are there having the privilege of seeing new life, we even have the privilege of seeing someone take their last breath – this releasing them of the pain they may be in, we can mend the broken bones, we can mend the broken skin we can even mend a broken mind. We even listen when no-one else can.

We have to ask ourselves; so am I still only a student?

By Collete Sherrit (3rd Year Student Nurse).

It’s not often that a piece of creative writing appears here so many thanks to Collette for sharing her thoughts. Collette explains

I’ve known I wanted to do nursing since I was 6 years old.  I worked in healthcare as an auxiliary and then a clinical support worker.  I decided I wanted a new challenge and applied for the Access to Nursing course and then onto the HNC in Care and Administrative practice.  I realised I was ready for University and was successful in gaining direct entry to Part 2 of the BSc Adult Nursing programme.  I’m not going to lie – it has been challenging – juggling family life and managing financially.  When I write essays I find it difficult to put thoughts down in a fluent way, I need time to think.  I was thinking about the struggles my peers and I have been through and this poem came to me – it helps me and my fellow students to keep the momentum going as we head to achieve our goal of becoming staff nurses. 

Collette selected the image, to sum up, her persona and the sentiments of the poem.

“I feel I am caring and empathetic and this picture makes me think of the extra time we have as students to spend quality time with patients and how much we appreciate that.”

If you are student within the school and have any examples of creative media that you would like to share here please e-mail

Wear Jeans to Change Lives.

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Friday 22nd September was “Jeans for Genes” day and the 2016 cohort of student midwives decided to fundraise for this charity. The event raises money to improve the lives of children that are affected by genetic disorders. Everyone who participated by wearing their jeans that day contributed some money, which will be forwarded to the charity by student midwife Lorna Caldwell. Pictured with the students is Midwifery Lecturer Sheona Brown, who apparently had to borrow jeans to participate! If you are interested in finding out more about this charity and perhaps making a contribution to its valuable work visit:


Professor Deery Guests at International Seminar in Norway

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deery2Professor Ruth Deery of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice was a Guest Professor recently at two prestigious events held at Nord University, Bodo, Norway.

Professor Deery presented a keynote lecture on action research at these events.The seminar, Childbearing in Europe, Qualitative Research Network Seminar and  her Workshop on Childbearing in a Changing World – Knowledge based on Qualitative Research Methods, took place at Nord University on 14th, 15th and 16th September 2016. She was joined at these events by Dr Helen Shallow, who is also from the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice.

Professor Deery said:

“I was delighted to be a Guest Professor at these events. The aim of the seminars was to collaborate to enable a deeper understanding of qualitative approaches and methods in childbearing research and to create an opportunity to elaborate on present and future collaborative international research, in this area.”

School Success at Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016

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Fiona Everett, Caroline Adam and Winnie McGarry



Congratulations to our Adult Nurse Lecturers  Winnie McGarry, Fiona Everett, Caroline Adam and Wendy Wright on their huge success as their project “Dementia-Class in a Bag” won the award for  Best Educational Initiative. The Class in a Bag is an innovative intergenerational educational learning tool devised by a team within the School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery for creative and informative teaching and workshop delivery in nurseries, schools, NHS, care homes and a variety of other settings. Class in a Bag contents can be can be used to give a unique insight via a dementia simulation exercise of some of the challenges of living with dementia to a variety of audiences, particularly children. It is tailored to suit specific learning goals and illustrate a range of health topics including dementia awareness, hygiene, and healthy eating.

Special mention must also go to Dr Karen Watchman also from UWS who’s Jenny’s Diary Initiative was one of the runners-up, in the same category. More information about the initiative can be found at Jenny’s Diary Page


Dr Margaret Brown with her Life Time Achievement Award


The highlight of the afternoon though was the Life Time Achievement Award which was presented to the soon to be “Dr.” Margaret Brown for her contribution to Dementia Education across a long career in Older Adult Services in NHS Lanarkshire and of course as a Nurse Lecturer within our School. Our hearty congratulations go out to Margaret on the recognition of what has been for her a lifetime’s work which still continues here.There are still a few more people whom you can inspire.

New Partnership Born.

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South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and UWS have been working in partnership to recently launch a physical activity programme for student Midwives on the Hamilton Campus.

The programme allows midwives to access all health and fitness programmes in both the leisure trust and the University over an 8 week period. Students can do fitness classes, the gym, swimming or weight management classes. They will also have 1:2:1 supervision to encourage adherence and behaviour change.

Ciaran O’Brien, Head of Sport & Student Engagement at UWS commented “We are keen for sport and physical activity to be central to the UWS experience for all of our students. We are delighted to be playing a role in this exciting pilot programme and look forward to welcoming new users to our facilities.”

Jean Watson BSc Midwifery Programme Lead UWS noted

“The content of the midwife course has a strong emphasis on caring but quite often over the 3 year degree students park their own health commitments. We hope this pilot helps with the balance of looking after both patients and the students themselves.”

Patrick Murphy of SLLC said “It’s a great partnership that helps us get future fellow health professionals engaged in physical activity and investing time on their own health”

Of the 90 students in the 3-year course over 60 have already committed to participating in the programme.


In the picture are Jonathan Fyfe and Jean Watson from UWS and Patrick Murphy and Gary Taggart from SLLC.



Looking Pretty Muddy!

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Congratulations to our third year Paisley BA Integrated Health and Social Care students Hazel Currie, Sharon Muir, Ashley Agnew, and Margaret Gilmour who took part in the ‘Pretty Muddy’ event at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow at the weekend. Pretty Muddy events are held across the country and are quite unique because the muddy obstacle course that you have to tackle are for women of any ability to climb over, crawl under, and charge through to show cancer that hell hath no fury like a woman in pink! All the money raised goes to Cancer Research UK!

You can still donate to the team’s fundraising page here: Hazel Currie Just Giving Page