Happy Holiday and Best Wishes for the Coming Year

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To all our students friends and followers. Hope you all have a great holiday and enjoy your break. (Particularly from the third year Nursing Students at Paisley Campus pictured below).




New Student Placement System

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The Health Nursing and Midwifery school are excited about the major development in the Practice Placement project. It has been an aim for the school to improve student satisfaction in regards to the process of allocating placements, and ensuring quality and equity in the experience of practical learning.

QuantumIT have been awarded the contract to work with the School in implementing the new system called InPlace by June 2016. The system has placed over 200,000 students in the UK and Australia. It is hoped that this system will also be valuable for other programmes which include work-based learning; there has already been interest across the university.

More details below:



Collaborative Venture Sees the Launch of a New App

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scetINTRAScottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET) recently launched a National Palliative Care mobile application in collaboration with the NHS and Lead Clinicians.

Funded by the Scottish Governments SEEKIT programme, SCET is a collaborative venture between UWS, Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University seeking to foster effective partnerships between the Universities and Scottish SMEs.

Scotland’s first national guidelines for palliative care were launched in November 2014. These guidelines provide practical best-practice guidance spanning a range of common clinical issues. The guidelines have been developed in keeping with the AGREE criteria and have been supported by NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) who are responsible for the ongoing review and governance of the guidelines. You can view the guidelines at: http://www.palliativecareguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/

In 2014 a web and mobile version of the national guidelines was proposed to improve accessibility and a partnership was created with the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies and NHS NSS to deliver this.

The Palliative Care app was published in October 2015 in the Apple and Android app stores. You can access the Apps from here:


Both the app and the guidelines website provide a major resource to clinicians and a benefit to patients. The patient centred approach of the guidelines helps facilitate the development of an individualised plan of patient care that conforms to current government advice in relation to best practice at the end of life. The guidelines are also a useful educational resource that can be used for reference by clinicians both during personnel study but also during real time clinical work.

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr David Gray said of the venture and his work with UWS:

“On behalf of the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines Steering Group I would like to express a huge thank you to UWS for the expertise and support given to produce the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines App. The team at UWS expertly guided us through the development process and worked closely in partnership with IT colleagues from NHS Scotland. The team at UWS’s ability to work closely with NHS partners was clearly displayed in the technical work that enables the App to link directly to the main guidelines website based within NHS Scotland. There was clear professional respect between both the NHS and UWS IT teams that worked jointly on this project. The excellent team working between the UWS and colleagues in the NHS has led to shared learning for both and offers a great foundation on which further joint working could be based.”

Dementia Dialogue Held at Hamilton Campus

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Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, on the Hamilton Campus held their Dementia Dialogue yesterday (7/12/2015) . This event offered staff students, carers, healthcare professionals and others the opportunity to contribute to the national discussion being held currently about the Scottish Government’s review of the 2nd. Dementia strategy and creation of the  3rd. National Dementia Strategy for Scotland which is due to be published in 2016. The Dementia Dialogue consultation events have been taking place all over Scotland, so it has been quite a privilege to be able to host our own public event.

We would like to thank everyone who came along with their views, joined in our discussions and contributed to our submission which will be presented to the organisers in the very near future.

The Dementia Dialogue events have been developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Alzheimer Scotland, the Scottish Dementia Working Group and the National Dementia Carers Action Network.

Award for Nursing Practice in the Community won by Ayr Student

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01/12/15  Ali Campbell with Janine Wilson, and Prof Craig Mahoney (Principal and Vice-Chancellor).

Ayrshire woman Janine Wilson had two reasons to celebrate recently, graduating with a BSc in Adult Nursing as well as being awarded the Jean Lochhead Campbell Student Award for Nursing Practice in the Community.

Janine, who lives in Ayr, received the award at the University’s graduation ceremony at Ayr Town Hall on Tuesday 1 December 2015.

The Jean Lochhead Campbell Student Award for Nursing Practice in the Community, which was launched in May 2013, is named after former Lanarkshire District Nurse, Jean Lochhead Campbell and was donated by her son, Ali Campbell, in acknowledgement of his late mothers’ commitment and compassion to providing care to patients and their families in the community.

The annual award recognises a BSc Adult Nursing student who has demonstrated excellence and potential in making a difference to the ongoing care of patients and their families in the community. Nominations for this award are put forward by health professionals mentoring third year adult nursing students during the clinical practice element of their degree who feel they have made a significant difference.

Janine, 30, who currently works as a staff nurse at Queens Care Home in Prestwick, said: “UWS was a great place to study and I am really thrilled and honoured to have won this award, which made my graduation day even more special.”

Commenting on the award, celebrity Life Coach and internationally Bestselling author, Ali Campbell said: “I would like to congratulate Janine who is a really deserving recipient of this award.

“My mum was a hands-on nurse whose caring touch and compassion to her patients is remembered to this day. Nursing is about much more than academic achievement and this award in her name is in recognition of that.”

Our Students Join in National Conversation on the Future of Scotland’s Health in Scotland

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30/11/15UWS – PaisleyThe future of health and social care services in Scotlandvisit by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.with Professor Derek Carson, Dean, School of Media, Culture and SocietyPhoto credit sho

Our students recently participated in an event at Paisley Campus aimed at gaining their views on the future of Scotland’s health and social care services.

The ‘Creating a healthier Scotland: What Matters to You?’ event, was supported by the University, the University’s Students’ Association, and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and took place on Monday 30 November 2015.

The event, which was held as part of the Scottish Government’s national conversation on the long-term future of health and social care services and improving the health of the population in Scotland, saw Jamie Hepburn MSP and Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health lead the debate.

Commenting on the event Jamie Hepburn said: “It was great to take part in discussions with students from UWS about their aspirations for the future of Scotland’s health and social care services.  There were some really interesting views and suggestions raised, which are of valuable input into this wider piece of work.  The Healthier Scotland Conversation provides an opportunity for all of Scotland to have their say on what’s important to them when thinking about the future of Scotland’s health and social care services in the next 10 to 15 years. I would encourage everyone to take part.”

In addition to giving their views on how the Scottish Government can help people lead healthier lives, students also gave expressed their thoughts on how health and social care services can be made more responsive to the public’s needs.

Professor Paul Martin, Depute Principal said: “We were delighted to welcome Jamie Hepburn to our Paisley Campus for this event, which gave students an important opportunity to engage in, and contribute to, this important, national debate. The response and feedback from students regarding this event was extremely positive.

Keynote Speech at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Conference

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karen WatchmanDr Karen Watchman, Senior Lecturer in Dementia and Depute Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, Hamilton Campus has been invited to give a keynote presentation at Aston University, Birmingham on Friday 4th December. The International Ageing Well Research and Practice Conference focuses on growing older with a learning disability and Karen will be presenting about lessons for policy and practice from the lived experiences of people with a learning disability and dementia. The conference, organised by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) will explore recent national and international research and practice related to ageing and people with a learning disability and how these influence policy development and the provision of good support.