Professor John Lockhart of the UWS School of Science and Sport, delivered a presentation at the EU Parliament on 21 November 2017 regarding a collaborative international project, which is focusing on the causes, treatment and potential prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is an incurable lung disease that is a leading cause of death worldwide, and is particularly prevalent in both South West Scotland and Ireland. In Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway, COPD-related hospital admission are amongst the highest in the UK. It significantly impairs quality of life and has a high cost to health services and the wider economy.
To raise awareness across Europe of this disease, Professor Lockhart delivered this presentation at the EU Parliament in which he highlighted the work of the ‘BREATH’ (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project.
BREATH is a strong cross-border partnership between UWS and the Dundalk Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. This €7.7 million EU INTERREG VA funded project has established a world-class cluster of researchers who will help address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD. In 2011 the annual economic burden of COPD across the EU was estimated at approximately €141.4 billion.
Professor John Lockhart, who is Director of the UWS Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Health Research (IBEHR), said:
“COPD is the third biggest killer in Scotland with numbers continuing to rise. This exciting new collaborative programme will provide major insights into lung disease in South West Scotland, where COPD is particularly prevalent. This will help identify better treatments and possible preventions, and also enhance public awareness.”
Dr Gary Litherland of IBEHR, added:
“The huge burden of COPD must be addressed by research effort on an ambitious scale, and EU funding support is essential to realise this. Increased awareness of COPD in badly affected regions such as South West Scotland is also vital. BREATH was highlighted during a recent debate on COPD brought to the Scottish Parliament by MSP Emma Harper, and such national recognition will help us to engage intended beneficiaries in our mission to combat this ‘unknown killer’ disease.”
Recognising the importance of the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), responsible for managing the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, said:
“This EU-funded project will establish a world-class cluster of researchers who, by working in partnership, will make a positive difference to the fight against a debilitating health issue which affects many people living across the UK and Ireland. Working on a cross-border basis the project partners will be able to share information and produce data that can help improve the quality of life for people living on all sides of the borders.”
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Our planned MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care programme was approved on Monday 30th of October and is now accepting applications for its planned commencement date in January 2018.
The validation event itself was a very successful event where the programme team were recognised for many aspects of good practice and particularly the collaborative approach taken throughout the process of developing this new programme.
Karen Wilson, the Dean of our School of Health Nursing and Midwifery, has especially thanked Helen Rainey, the new programme leader and the programme drafting team, and Professor Anne Hendry, Clinical Lead for Integrated Care for their hard work and participation in making today such a success.
If you are interested in finding out more about this new programme please contact Helen Rainey, email address – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0141 849 4323
Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) are holding their Annual Celebration Lecture in the Chancellor’s Hall at the UWS Paisley Campus on 1st November 2017.
Entitled “Listening, Learning, Leading: Advancing Dementia Practice”
The evening will honour those who inspire us every day & celebrate the work of the centre.
The event will commence at 4.30pm and finish with refreshments around 6.30pm.
More details about the programme for the evening can be found at the Eventbrite link HERE The link also allows you to Register for this event which is free!
This is set to be a fantastic and inspirational evening and we look forward to seeing you there.
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.”
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.”