Integrated Care

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.

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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.




Another Doctoral Success

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Hamish Fulford

Well done. Hamish Fulford a Lecturer in Mental Health in the School’s Hamilton Campus for successfully defending his thesis entitled

‘Exploring the use of mobile information and communication technology by people with mood disorders, and their health and social care professionals’. 

His Doctoral Degree is from the University of Dundee. Hamish is looking forward to graduating from Dundee in June and filling his now quieter weekends with family, fun and Formula 1.

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.

Our Congratulations to @Breath_COPD

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The BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project, which is a cross-border partnership between the University of the West of Scotland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dundalk Institute of Technology have won an Northern Ireland Healthcare Award on Thursday the 22nd. At the award ceremony which took place in the Europa Hotel in Belfast saw the BREATH team announced as  Asthma/COPD project of the year!

If you want to know more about the project look at our previous post from the project launch in November 2017 by CLICKING HERE

Congratulations to a Super Mum!

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She is not from our School, but we would like to congratulate her anyway. Well done, to  Jennifer Piggott a recent graduate of the School of Media, Culture and Society who has been highly commended for her volunteering work with Barnardo’s Scotland’s Nurture Services in Inverclyde, whilst studying here at UWS.

BSc Psychology graduate, and mum of five, Jennifer gave up her own time to act as a befriender for more than two years, working closely with a nine-year-old boy and mentoring a young mum. Jennifer said:

“I have absolutely loved volunteering with Barnardo’s. You can see for yourself that it can make a real difference. It is only sacrificing a few hours of your time. I think more people should do it. I learned so much about myself.”

Jennifer who graduated from the Paisley Campus in the summer of 2017 decided to go part-time from her full-time employment to allow her to undertake her degree.
She said:

“It was something I always wanted to do, work with children and young people. But I realised when I was doing the degree that there were no work placements so I looked about for volunteering opportunities and came across Barnardo’s.”

Jennifer was nominated for the Marsh Trust’s outstanding contribution to volunteering award and received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate.

Barnardo’s Nurture Services gives support to families in Inverclyde, providing a wide range of opportunities on-site and through outreach to promote family well-being. Children and families are at the core of service delivery, using a range of individual and group work at the service base, within the family home or in school. The service is currently recruiting volunteers to befriend children and young people, parent mentors and to support groups with children and families. For anyone interested in more information, contact Hannah Burns on 01475 728493 or email

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies Integreate Care Conference

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CummingsEBThe School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery have recently established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.

They are pleased to host their annual integrated care conference, The 5 C’s of Integrated Healthcare: Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, & Culture, taking place at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, USA March 8-10, 2018.

Two members of staff from the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery will be attending and presenting at this event.

This conference brings together students, educators, thought leaders, providers, and innovators to explore, discuss, and be inspired by innovations in the growing field of integrated care. The 2018 conference will explore 5 topics, Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, and Culture. Presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on each of these topics will be offered throughout the conference by experts, innovators, and disruptors making an impact in the integrated care and behavioural health arenas.

Benefits of Attending

  • Networking – Meet, converse, and connect with 50+ experts, educators, providers, students and innovators in the integrated care and behavioural health arenas
  • Ideas & Innovation- Discover new ideas, trends, innovations, and advancements in integrated care
  • Skills & Knowledge – Attend sessions on topics of interest to advance your understanding and skill set in Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, and Culture
  • Resources – Gain access to materials and information from conference exhibitors and presenters to advance your performance
  • Perspectives – Listen and learn from the perspectives of a diverse community of integrated care and behavioural health professionals, experts, and educators from around the country and even abroad.

Registration is now open. Registered attendees are eligible to earn CEU’s at the conference. A maximum of 7.5 continuing education units are available.

Register early to save. Rates increase after 9th February 2018.

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