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Please Help With Our Thunderclap!

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Do you use Facebook, Twitter or tumblr? If so you can help us by supporting Dementia Awareness week in Scotland, which starts on the 4th of June.

For Dementia Awareness Week the School and the Alzheimers Centre for Policy and Practice are taking part in a Thunderclap on Twitter/Facebook/tumblr to raise awareness of the need for dementia education for all health and social care staff.

We need you to click on the bliue link below before Monday 4th. June.

It’s not enough just to click on the link though, you also need to SUPPORT US by clicking on the RED BOX for the Social Media platform you want to send our message out from.

If we can reach a hundred by Monday then the Thunderclap will be activated at the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

During this years Dementia Awareness week from th3 4th -11th of June the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice will also have the #oneweething campaign on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to get an idea of how the #oneweething works click the link above or search it up on Google and you will find many supporters and resources on the hastag.

“Find out more about dementia education at UWS which makes a meaningful difference to those affected by dementia.


Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here:

UWS Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland Featured in BBC Documentary

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UWS Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland featured in BBC documentary “Beti and David: Lost for Words.”

Dr Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director for Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS said:

“The team were involved in the production of this moving documentary when Beti George visited our University to talk about the good practice in Scotland. She interviewed carers and staff from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland, who appeared in the documentary. The resulting film is the story of Beti and her late partner David Parry-Jones, a broadcaster known as the ‘Voice of Welsh Rugby’. The film shows both of them facing his journey with dementia and Beti’s efforts to start a ‘revolution in dementia care’ in Wales, informed by some of her experiences with the Scottish team.”

The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS provides a high quality environment for applied research, education and enterprise. It is a centre of excellence, advancing dementia policy and practice through education and applied research in Scotland and beyond.

The documentary can be found here.

UWS District Nursing Contributing to IFIC Scotland Webinar on April 18th.

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For your diary- UWS District Nursing contribution to IFIC Scotland Webinar.

Our very own Susie Gamble, Programme Leader PgD Specialist Practitioner District Nursing, along with some of our previous DN graduates, are presenting on the IFIC Scotland Webinar next Wednesday 18th April 2018 12pm-1pm. They will be promoting UWS, the DN programme and the role of the District Nurse in managing people with Frailty in the community.

Further information is available on the site below, along with a link to register for the Webinar:

Joining Susie will be Brendan Martin, Managing Director, Public World and Buurtzorg, Britain & Ireland and Barbara McFadzean, District Nursing Sister/Queen’s Nurse, Crosshouse, Ayrshire.

Good luck Susie & Co!

Housing and Dementia Blog Just Published

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Recently published, and written by our very own team at the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (@AlzScotCPP ) “Being Home” is the first comprehensive look at Housing and Dementia in Scotland. The report explores the issues around housing and dementia.  Shining a light on good practice, it also includes recommendations for the future.  The key findings of the report can be downloaded from


More information about housing and the report can be found on the ‘Let’s talk about dementia‘ blog, which can be accessed here.  The Blog piece published yesterday was also written by the team @AlzScotCPP  “Let’s Talk about Dementia” is a Blog developed by Alzheimer Scotland for Allied Healthcare Professionals and is a great resource letting you know whats going on in Scotland in dementia care. The Alzheimers Scotland Centre For Policy and Practice are planning to contribute, so look out for more contributions in the future.




Graduation Day #DCG18 for National Dementia Champions Cohort 8 and DISL’s Cohort 2

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Congratulations to all the Cohort 8 NES/SSSC Dementia Champions and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads (DSIL’s) who received their awards yesterday at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The keynote speaker and guest for the morning was again Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health with the Scottish Government who underlined the importance of both of these programmes to the achievement and delivery of Scotland’s  3rd. National Strategy for Dementia.

The Dementia Champions programme which is delivered by the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery at UWS and Alzheimer Scotland, supports the development of Dementia Champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people living with dementia, and their families and carers in acute general and community hospitals, and more widely within growing numbers of community care settings. UWS have been involved now in the education and development of 857 NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions since the start of the initiative.

Yesterday’s awards included the first member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised as a Champion. Well done to George Bagley (Watch Manager, Prevention and Protection).

The DSIL’s programme is an 18-month programme intended to build local training and leadership capacity and capability to support workforce development in mental health continuing care services. The course is a part of the Scottish Governments work towards the achievement of Commitment 11 of the 2nd National Dementia Strategy). There have been two cohorts of 30 mental health nursing participants since the programme began. UWS School of Health and Nursing have been hugely involved in delivering this successful initiative since its outset. If you want to find out more you can listen to one of yeaterdays completing students, Gillian Grubb  talking about her involvement.

Join the #UWS Online Alumni Network

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Did you complete your initial professional training or degree with us? Are you one of our many graduands? Then this is for you!

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Online Alumni Network.