Integrated Care

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.”




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.”

Say Hello to the Classes of Sept 17!

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New term, new students and thanks to everyone for sharing their pictures of their classes on the first day.

These are our new BSc Midwifery students at Hamilton Campus, our BSc Mental Health class at Hamilton, the BSc Adult Nursing Class at Hamilton and the BA(Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care students in Paisley.

A little bird told us that we have a talented group of super enthusiastic students this year. Can’t argue with that for a first impression.

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

Supporting Novice Researchers Event at Hamilton Campus

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On Thursday 31st August 2017, the School held a British Society of Gerontology small event at the Caird Building, Hamilton Campus.The event was supported by NHS Lanarkshire. The event successfully brought together students, older people, health and social care practitioners and lecturers from across Lanarkshire to look at some of the research and work carried out by the School and within NHS previously with the afternoon spent conducting a research jam which looked at generating ideas for key issues where research into health and social care practice would be likely to have the most benefit to the local population of older people.

A key message from the afternoon was nothing about us without us and the need for more humanistic approaches to be taken in future work. The report and feedback from today will be sent to the BSG, the Health Board and the participants and will be used to guide our Masters and PhD students working locally on what subjects could be examined and what type of research is required as they decide on their dissertation topics.

The final part of the day was the launch of our Tovertafel original which will be used in a local collaborative research project with Udston Hospital.

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

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