Make Friday 15th a Christmas Jumper Day!

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The Library are taking part in this initiative in aid of Save the Children



If you would like to join in all you have to do is don your best Christmas attire and donate to Save the Children on the day (suggested donation: £2).

You don’t even have to buy a jumper or item of clothing/accessories you can borrow one or even bling up something you already have. More information here: https://christmasjumperday.org

Any donations can be taken to the Library on each campus or if you aren’t able to do this and would still like to contribute you can Text TEAMUWSLIB to 70050 to donate £5.

Go On. Make the world better with a sweater.


Christmas Jumper Last Day!

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Our Sept 15 Adult Cohort Students from Hamilton Campus were in for there last study day of 2017 to prepare them for the ‘Fitness to Practice’ module in Trimester 2.

The students got into the Christmas mood by dressing up and singing Christmas songs in the Lecture Theatre.

They also had to complete a Christmas jumper ‘challenge’ which allowed them the opportunity to work in teams to prepare them for their ‘Fitness for Practice’ health promotion activity in T2.

In trimester 2 using the “Class in a Bag” portable educational resource our students go out locally to teach school children about important health promotion messages. They also go out to promote physical activity within community groups


Recruiting a More Diverse Workforce

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A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major review, which was chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS.

Commissioned by Professor Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, and chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, recommendations include a national campaign to recruit a more diverse workforce and tackle negative stereotypes, more flexible routes into education, and using the commissioning of training places to incentivise widening participation.

Since being formed in April, the commission has worked closely with nurses, students, and those within the sector, to identify best practice and current barriers to entering the professions, and to make recommendations to address these.

The report entitled “The CNO Commission on Widening Participation in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers: Final Report 2017”

was launched today by the Chief Nursing Officer and Professor Martin at the Ayr Campus of University of the West of Scotland. They and members of the commission met with students who entered nursing programmes through a variety of routes.The Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen said:

“I want to thank Professor Martin for leading this work, underpinning our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce. These recommendations can help ensure we have the right number of people in education, completing their course, and enjoying a long and successful career – core to our ambitions for nursing and midwifery. The latest workforce statistics for NHS Scotland show we have a record number of NHS staff including nurses and midwives, who are at the heart of our health service. But we want to go further in promoting those careers across health and social care settings and remove any barriers that might stand in the way.

This report comes in the same week we saw the highest ever number of acceptances to nursing and midwifery courses at our universities. The actions set out will allow us to build on that, maximising the opportunities available and the people who can benefit from them.” 

Professor Martin said:

“It was an honour to be asked to lead this important review. The Nursing and Midwifery professions remain at the heart of health and social care provision, championing the needs and rights of patients their families and communities. It is vital that as the demographics of Scotland changes we are positioned to respond with the right number of nurses and midwives, with the right skills, in the right place, doing the right things. The challenges and opportunities to encourage and support widening access to nursing and midwifery education could not be timelier. There are recognised pressures on flow into the health workforce. There are areas where nurses and midwives are difficult to recruit – not just by region but in clinical and service specialties and particularly in care homes. Add to that a change agenda in health and social care, the repositioning of acute care, and the age profile of the workforce it is clear there are pressures that need solutions now, and importantly, plans created and implemented for the future. This report seeks to surface and where possible address some of these concerns. The actions and recommendations outlined in the review will make a difference and encourage opportunity and flexibility, encouraging access to nursing and midwifery careers.”

You can download the report Here

‘Twas the Last Day Before Placement

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Good luck to all our third year UWS Adult Nursing students at Paisley (and all our other third years heading off Campuses) who had their final day all together on the 5th. of December 2017.

Now they are all off out on placement – Hope they are still looking festive although that’s maybe a bit harder in a uniform.

Last daybefore Placement

Amanda Wins Baby Friendly Poster Competition

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Amanda T_Baby friendly conference photo

Our School recently supported two students to attend the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference in Telford on 22nd-23rd November.

A recent graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Health Public Health Nursing-Health Visiting programme, Amanda Taka, presented a poster with Health Visiting lecturer Clare McGuire.

The poster titled ‘Working Together to Improve Breastfeeding Support’ was voted best poster by conference delegates.

Amanda works as a Health Visitor in NHS Dumfries and Galloway and will also be presenting the poster at her local development day.

In addition to keynote speakers, the conference is a celebratory event to share the success of teams across the UK who have achieved or maintained baby friendly accreditation.

The SCPHN-Health Visiting programme was delighted to be re-accredited by baby friendly earlier this year and maintain the commitment of UWS to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.


New Health Visiting Students Poster Presentations

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It’s getting near the end of term so assignment submission time is upon us.

So thanks to Clare Mcguire (Postgraduate Lecturer) for showcasing the work of this year’s (September 2017’s) new cohort of health visiting students. Here they are with their Poster presentations.

A great opportunity to share their hard work & learn from each other. Thanks everyone for being so motivated, engaged & enthusiastic!

Next stop… how about taking them to a Health Visitors conference!


SAUWS International Christmas Event

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SAUWS are holding an International Christmas Event on Friday 8th December and invite all along.The event takes place between 3pm and 6pm in the Paisley Students’ Union, First Floor with festive fun and games, food and drinks.