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Happy St Andrews Day!

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Happy St Andrews Day from everyone here @uwshealth and @UniWestScotland. Have you seen the Scottish Google Doodle? If not got to

How about a bit of Tartan? If you’d like to get some, why not buy from the stoatin’ range of Alzheimer Scotland Tartan goodies to celebrate and support one of our partners.


Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP 


Come and Study With Us At @UniWestScotland @uwshealth

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Professor Dewar visits MHL Australia

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE visited Adelaide last week where she worked with 14 participants to further develop their facilitation skills to run My Home Life Australia led by the South Australia innovation hub –

Gareth Norman CEO from Bundalear is keen to develop the recently launched LIEE (learning and innovating from everyday excellence) programmes at UWS as part of their new Centre at Bundaleer. Bundaleer provides independent living, residential care, home care and respite services. They are based on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast in the regional town of Wauchope.

Gareth said:

“My Home Life provides an extraordinary approach to the way we relate to others every day, especially through the effective use of emotional connections.  By being appreciative and focused on relationships as part of the development of better practice, we can realise, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own, and begin to understand the language, connotations, and images that we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

Through the MHL methodology, we can together consider different approaches to engagement; following the framework of have caring and considered conversations, we can support people to be courageous and curious, and connect emotionally and purposefully to what matters.  The MHL methodology connects the conscious and subconscious mind, to together collaborate and celebrate achievements.”

@AlzScotCPP Lecturers Make a Key Contribution to Latest HEDN Position Paper

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Margaret Brown and Anna Waugh of the of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS have made a key contribution to a position paper by The Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN) which has called for dementia education for all health and social care professionals.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is predicted to rise to 1 million by 2025. Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, around one third in a care home, and approximately one quarter of acute hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia. Therefore care of people with dementia is relevant to the entire health, social care and housing system.

Margaret Brown said:

“I have been impressed by the commitment of this team who are passionate to make dementia education front and centre of ensuring good quality care for the person living with dementia and their families”

Professor Claire Surr, of Leeds Beckett University, said:

“Professional bodies have a clear role to play in ensuring the health, social care and housing workforce are meeting the needs of those affected by dementia. We would like to see national knowledge and skills frameworks established as a required and monitored sector minimum standard. We recommend that application of the Frameworks become a requirement for (re)validation of health, social care and housing pre-qualifying education.”

A second position paper will be published in early 2018 on best practice methods for embedding dementia education within the curriculum, aimed both at the professional regulatory bodies and Higher Education Institutions.

To see their position paper click here


Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice Annual Celebration Lecture

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Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) are holding their Annual Celebration Lecture in the Chancellor’s Hall at the UWS Paisley Campus on 1st November 2017.

Entitled “Listening, Learning, Leading: Advancing Dementia Practice”

The evening will honour those who inspire us every day & celebrate the work of the centre.

The event will commence at 4.30pm and finish with refreshments around 6.30pm.

More details about the programme for the evening can be found at the Eventbrite link HERE  The link also allows you to Register for this event which is free!



This is set to be a fantastic and inspirational evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

Towards Internationalising Dementia Education

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Professor Debbie Tolson and some of her colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice have just returned from the University of Alicante where they co-led an event titled ‘Towards an International Dementia Practice Education Forum”.

There were presentations from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Spain and Belgium and later group discussions with all the attending delegates on setting the priorities of such a forum.  The event also enabled colleagues from across Europe to come together to discuss collaborative research applications and opportunities.

The event also enabled colleagues from across Europe to come together to discuss collaborative research applications and other opportunities to work together in promoting dementia education.

A First for Scotland

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The Dementia and Emergency Services Collaborative held their first collaborative event on the 5th. of October which brought together representatives of Scotland’s Emergency Services and first responders. There was a general buzz in the air as they learned together about dementia from Mr Henry Rankin, a former police officer, who has dementia. Participants also experienced the fire simulator and toured the Safe and Well House at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Cambuslang.

Supported by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) at UWS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Dementia and Emergency Services collaborative arose from members of the emergency services identifying a need to develop their knowledge and skills in working with people with dementia in emergency situations.

Representatives from Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Ambulance Community First Responders, Mountain Rescue Teams,  NHS Emergency Departments and Purple Alert, all participated in this learning afternoon.

Henry Simmons the CEO of Alzheimer Scotland said “…this is an exciting event and, as far as I am aware, the first opportunity across Europe to bring together these key members of the community of support, that will ensure the person living with dementia is enabled to remain in their own home as long as possible”.

Professor Debbie Tolson of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, said she was “…delighted at the success of the event and commended the team at ASCPP and Scottish Fire and Rescue for their impressive work and vision. The University team look forward to working with the Emergency Services and Alzheimer Scotland to build upon this work to ensure that people with dementia feel protected and safe”. 

Karen Wilson, Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said that “ …it is incredibly important that all services who come into contact with people with dementia understand how to communicate with clients and their families/carers and other professionals but nowhere is this more important than in an emergency situation.  I am extremely proud of the work that the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre does to support dementia knowledge and practice exchange, and thank everyone involved for participating in this unique event.”