Care Homes

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.”




Online Resource Created Within the School Nominated for Prestigious Self-management Award

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An online learning resource, created with significant input from UWS, has been nominated in the Self Management Resource of the Year category of the Self Management Awards 2017.

The Self Management Awards are run by the ALLIANCE, the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

The free online learning resource, Putting Caring Conversations into Practice, is based largely on work by Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at UWS.

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Designed for both medical and non-medical staff in general practice … READ FULL ARTICLE

Teepa Snow Visits Hamilton Campus

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UWS student Tracey meets Teepa Snow


Teepa Snow one of America’s leading educators on dementia care visited our Hamilton Campus last Friday to conduct a workshop introducing her Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) techniques to a group of staff, students and practitioners from across Central and Southern Scotland. Teepa is a Registered Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience which has led to her developing training models that are now used by families and professionals working and living with people with dementia and other brain changes throughout the world.

A number of the staff at UWS have growing competence in the use of PAC techniques and it is hoped that as awareness of PAC grows they will be able to incorporate the techniques employed in PAC into our pre and post registration teaching. A fabulous day was had by everyone who managed to attend. We hope to invite Teepa back in future, watch this space!

UWS Contributes to Dementia Friendly Initiative in East Ayrshire Care Homes

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A new UWS partnership project in East Ayrshire will see care homes in the area become more dementia friendly, thanks to £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust.

The project sees UWS and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, working together on an initiative based on ‘My Home Life’, a nationwide project that aims to improve the quality of life of people who are living permanently in care homes. The project will specifically involve people living with dementia in 20 care homes across the region, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire are already working to strengthen community ties and offer various activity programmes for people living with dementia. This funding will be used to build on this work and further strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and their wider communities.

Staff, family and friends of those living with dementia will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities and initiatives in the care setting and elsewhere in the district. Care home residents and staff will also work together to develop relationships with community organisations such as volunteer networks, sports clubs, schools and private businesses to raise awareness about dementia.

As well as the £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust, UWS and East Ayrshire Council will also contribute in-kind funding totalling £205,000.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said:

We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement and significance.”

Senior Lecturer Features in Herald Article

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Margaret HiResMargaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland has written a piece which has been published in the Herald Agenda Column today (16/08/2017)

The article discusses the need for Scotland to improve the education and training of all health and social care workers across Scotland in the light of the rising number of people both living with and consequently dying from dementia

The article can be viewed at:

MSc in Gerontology New Pathway Approved

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Within the School the NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions teaching team have been working towards setting up a Masters Programme that will extend the work they do by creating a new pathway through our MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Programme.

Last month saw the approval of this new pathway which has also involved an alteration to the name of the original MSc Programme. So the School now hosts:

An MSc in Gerontology and the new pathway the MSc in Gerontology (with Dementia Care). Details of both courses can be found at:

or contact the programme leader directly at

MSc Global Primary Care Management

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Our MSc in Global Primary Care Management is focussed on improving population health status by integrating elements of traditional ‘health’ and business thinking. It aims to encourage creativity and innovation, to develop wider systems thinking and to generate sustainable and measurable changes in primary care systems and/or services in target populations. The programme benefits greatly from the unique blending of expertise in two Schools (Health & Business) in creating a new type of graduate.  You can click here for more details and to apply!