BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care Top for Student Satisfaction

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The University of the West of Scotland’s Civil Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, Education and this school’s Integrated Health and Social Care courses have all come top in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015. Congratulations to Helen Rainey, Elaine Gifford and everyone else involved in delivering this excellent programme

The survey saw 100% of survey respondents studying Civil Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, Education, and Integrated Health and Social Care stating that they were satisfied overall with their course.
This is the fifth year that UWS, which is committed to the student learning experience, has participated in the NSS, the most wide-ranging survey of student satisfaction across the UK.  The results of the survey, which were announced on 12 August 2015, also saw these four courses coming top in Scotland for the quality of their teaching. In addition, the University’s Aircraft Engineering course came top in Scotland for student satisfaction and teaching in the NSS 2015.

Popular Textbook Now Available in Chinese

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A textbook edited by Professor Debbie Tolson has recently been translated into Chinese.
The book “Evidence Informed Nursing with Older People”, which was edited by Professor Debbie Tolson with Professor Joanne Booth and Dr Irene Schofield, is an essential text for nursing students and registered nurses working with older people, who are seeking to make connections between theory, evidence and value based gerontological practice.

Commenting on the Chinese translation, Professor Tolson said: “We are delighted with the popularity of this research based textbook and the preparation of the Chinese Edition is testimony to the growing need for skilled nurses to work with older people around the world.”

The UK edition is available within the UWS Library and can be found at:

UWS hosting public dementia events at Hamilton Campus

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The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, a joint partnership between University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Alzheimer Scotland, is hosting a number of public dementia-related events at the University’s Hamilton Campus today, Thursday 13 and tomorrow Friday 14 August 2015.

These community engagement events, which are supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will give members of the public an insight into how staff and students at UWS are shaping the future of dementia care.

On Thursday 13 August, from 12.30pm to 4pm, a series of mini lectures and information sessions will be held where visitors will get the opportunity to hear the experiences of people who received a diagnosis of dementia whilst still in employment. Family carer and employer perspectives will also be given, plus an update on the Alzheimer’s Society funded research project at UWS on dementia in the workplace.

This will be followed by an inaugural lecture from UWS Visiting Professor Iva Holmerova, Charles University in Prague. The lecture, which will run from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, will see those in attendance receiving a thought provoking address from Professor Holmerova who is the Director and a consultant geriatrician at the Centre of Gerontology, Prague as well as a board member of Alzheimer Europe. She is also the president of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Chairperson of the Czech Alzheimer Society.

On Friday 14 August members of the public are invited to undertake a tour of the University’s dementia related teaching and learning environment. This event, which will run from 9.30am to 12.00 noon, will include a visit to the University’s dementia friendly hospital ward, reminiscence room, and a chance to talk to staff and students. The event will also see the official launch of the University’s teaching and knowledge exchange dementia friendly environment by Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and midwifery.

Dr Karen Watchman, Depute Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, which is based at Hamilton Campus, said: “More people are being diagnosed with dementia whilst in employment and more events such as this are needed to increase awareness among employers of how staff can be better supported. Community engagement is an important part of our work here at UWS and we have been delighted with the public response to these events.”

Learning Conversations

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A series of Learning Conversation events were recently launched across all of the campus sites, with the topic of this first Learning Conversation Event being the Vale of Leven Enquiry.The Inquiry was set up by Scottish Ministers to investigate the occurrence of C. difficile infection at the Vale of Leven Hospital from 1 January 2007 onwards. The Inquiry also investigated the deaths associated with C. difficile which occurred between 1 December 2007 and 1 June 2008 and published its final report on 24 November 2014. It contains 75 recommendations of which 65 were directed at the NHS. The full Scottish Government response to report is available via the link below.

The event Learning Conversation event was facilitated by Professor Paul Martin (pictured above) and supported by a range of academic and administration staff from across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Around 140 students attended the events from across the BSc and MSc Adult, Mental Health and Midwifery programmes. The events were deemed to be very successful and enjoyable, with lots of lively discussion, debate and reflection on the challenges that exist within contemporary health care practice.

For further details about the event see:

Learning Conversations Hamilton Campus – e- Newsletter

Maternal, Child and Family Health Staff Updates.

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Professor Ruth Deery is now based at Hamilton campus, where she will be more involved in research for the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Practice (IHPP). The Institute focusses on research excellence and our demonstrable research strengths.

On 21st April 2015, LME Hilary Patrick presented to the UK RCM Conference in London as part of their annual conference. Debated the topic of the theory-practice gap, its origins, effects and solutions.

In April 2015, Dr Jean Rankin successfully achieved a personal professorship which reflects her outstanding teaching and learning and research contribution to the subject discipline. Jean continues to take a number of high profile research projects.

On 18th June 2015, MCFH held a very successful and enjoyable ‘Away Day’ in Ayr Campus. Facilitated by POD, the day focussed on enhancing communication within the group with an aim to further cohese the group to take the UWS and School agendas forward. A pot-luck lunch and impromptu singing from the midwifery team added to the enjoyment.

Recent Appointments

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Appointment of new Lecturer Clare McGuire on 1st July 2015 whom we welcome to the community programmes team. Previously a Health Visitor with a long clinical career within NHSL and with a particular interest in asylum and refugee care. Latterly, Clare has been responsible for managing the Leading Better Care programme which is a joint project between UWS and NHSL. Clare’s experience will be extremely valuable to the Maternal Child & Family Health Subject group.

Appointment and commencement of new Midwifery Lecturer Sheona Brown whom we welcome to the team. Previously a clinical consultant midwife with a long clinical career within GGC and responsible for the development of midwifery telemedicine teaching and learning resources, Sheona brings a wealth of clinical experience and new ideas to the team.

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Congratulations to our new Doctors of Nursing

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Amongst the graduates celebrating at the UWS ceremony in Paisley earlier this month were PhD Nursing students Dr Barbara Sharp, Dr Anne Fleming and Dr Deidre Wild, who all graduated on 7th July.
The graduates added to their wealth of experience in their PhD work, with studies looking into dementia, care homes, and the experience of medical professionals in the 1990 Gulf War. The photo shows the graduates with Dr Angela Kydd, Director of Studies.