Visiting Sakatchewan; @UofSNursing #CCaringSK

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Dr. Rhoda Macrae, a Lecturer in Dementia working at Hamilton Campus has just returned from her 2-week visit to Canada as part of her visiting Research Scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Dr. Macrae was met with fantastic hospitality from our colleagues in their College of Nursing who had prepared an interesting and varied itinerary for her. The weather in the prairies was lovely, with the trees turning yellow and red as you can see from Rhoda’s pictures. Her lectures were well received with many participants joining virtually from remote sites across the province.

Her lectures were well received with many participants joining virtually from remote sites across the province. Scotland’s rights-based approach to policy, practice, and education, an approach supported in all of our teaching and in the work of the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice was of particular interest. The meetings held to discuss collaborative research opportunities were very positive, and plans have made to both publish and submit grants co-operatively.


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.”



Black History Month – Travelling Library Display

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The University Library has assembled a selection of novels, poetry and cultural histories in support of Black History Month.

This display is travelling around each Campus Library a week at a time and its current location can be found on Twitter. See @uwslib.


UWS Tree of Life

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Heather Gilchrist a 2nd year  MSc Student Midwife has launched the UWS Tree of Life Campaign during her recent remote and rural placement in Dunoon.

Heather conceived the idea of growing a tree of thumbprints where each print representss a past, present or future midwife in Scotland. The Tree is now off on its rounds across the 14 Health Boards in Scotland, capturing thumbprints and donations as it circulates.

Donations made to the project will be split between the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund and a scholarship fund supporting student midwives to undertake elective placements. The Tree will return to Paisley Campus and be available to view during the annual International Day of the Midwife Celebrations which will be held at the University on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Further information on the project can be found on the UWS Tree of Life Facebook page or follow @UWSTreeofLife on Twitter. It looks to be a fabulous project bringing communities of midwives together to celebrate their role, whilst raising funds for some great causes.

Raising Dementia Awareness Amongst Emergency Services Staff

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Our School in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and Alzheimer Scotland, is hosting an event at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Training Centre in Cambuslang on Thursday 5 October 2017.

The event will provide emergency service staff with the opportunity to develop awareness of their skills and knowledge in the presence of dementia in emergency situations.

This open, discursive and interactive event will be attended by over 50 staff from Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Mountain Rescue, Red Cross, St John Ambulance and First Responder.

The event will comprise a range of spotlight sessions and information hotspots that will raise awareness about dementia, discuss how to support people with dementia and explore the education needs of emergency service staff. It will cover inputs on emergency services and dementia and simulated skills development sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a fire simulator, see the safety house and tour the training facility at Cambuslang.

Anna Waugh a lecturer in Dementia from Dumfries Campus,  who is leading the event said:

“We are delighted to be hosting this event. The partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has opened the doors for all professionals working in emergency situations. They will have the opportunity to consider how their services are future proofed and become capable and confident in working with people with dementia in emergency situations.”

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“Dementia is now the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. It’s important that we all work together help make sure nobody faces dementia alone as the number of people living with dementia rises. All organisations and communities have an important part to play now to help challenge the scale of dementia, so we are thrilled to work with our partners UWS and the emergency services to help transform the lives of people with dementia, their carers and families by helping to improve awareness of dementia, increase community support and help reduce the stigma associated with the illness.”

Midwifery Student Wins Iolanthe Trust Award

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Congratulations to Sarah Scarlet a 2nd-year midwifery in the school who on the 28th. of September received an award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.
Sarah’s award from the Trust is to fund a British Sign Language Level 2 Course to improve maternity services for deaf women. Sarah Scarlett wowed the room at the Award Ceremony with her work on sign language in midwifery and even taught the audience a few word signs too.

You can find out more about the awards at https://www.iolanthe.org/Awards_Student.cfm

Thanks to RCMScotland director Mary Ross-Davie and Penny Wallington for tweeting the pics!

MSc Gerontology Student Wins the Sue Pembrey Award for 2017

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Congratulations from everyone at the School to Barbara Lawson, who is a home manager at Kincaid House Care Home, Greenock, a home for people living with dementia. Barbara who is in the dissertation year of her MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies at UWS has been jointly awarded the prestigious Sue Pembrey Award for 2017. The Sue Pembrey Award which is awarded by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS)  is presented to an exemplary nurse/midwife leader (such as, a Ward Manager/ Sister/ Charge Nurse / Midwife Team Leader, Community Team Leader, Care Home Manager) who leads care delivery. They have to be an excellent role model, leading and demonstrating a commitment to enabling care (wherever it takes place) that is person-centred, high quality and safe and delivered by a team who feel supported and valued.  

Barbara who was nominated for the award by staff within the School was praised by the judges for being both a compassionate and expert advocate for older people with dementia and their families. She also demonstrated this through systematic approaches, innovation and commitment to establishing a caring culture which has enabled both staff and residents to flourish. Barbara’s nomination said that

Barbara is someone who moves nursing into the light for others and makes her mark in an unassuming but powerful way. She works in in the care home sector, an area often seen by some as perhaps requiring fewer skills and certainly this area is still less visible in nursing, yet when I speak to her and hear what others say about her, she epitomizes my idea of a nurse leader.’

In discussion with the judges, Barbara talked about the importance of self-awareness and how this had aided her throughout her own journey towards becoming an effective leader.

Barbara will be presented with her award at a ceremony being held in York on the 8th of December 2017.

Barbara shares this year’s award with Freedom Nwokedi who is a clinical team leader with NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC. Her team offers mental health provision for older adults in Lincolnshire.