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”    http://www.uws.ac.uk/research/research-institutes/health/gerontology-interest-group/ 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 valerie.currie@uws.ac.uk 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 http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book241073?subject=Z00&fs=1

and Delves-Yates C. (ed) (2015) Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses: Step by Step Guide. London, Sage. See http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book245268?subject=Z00&publisher=%22SAGE%20UK%22&sortBy=defaultPubDate%20desc&fs=1

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

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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

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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.”