Margaret 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
The article can be viewed at:
Enrollment for Trimester 1, 2017/18 gets underway from today and full details for this are given below. To view the opening times for online enrollment Click Here.
Online Enrolment will open on Wednesday 9 August 2017 for all students who received Proceed decisions from the June Progression and Award Boards (PABs). Eligible School of HNM students will be able to access the enrollment system from the following time allocated by the School:
From 13:00 for School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery students
Students who have results still to be processed from Trimester 3 are going through August PABs from week commencing 14 August 2017 and will be eligible to enrol once they have received an email informing of the August PAB decision and a second email informing them that the system is now open for them to enrol.
Graduate School Students
Continuing students of the Graduate School will be notified separately, by Student Administration, with information about their ongoing enrollment. New students of the Graduate School will be able to enrol from 21 August 2017.
Continuing students will be notified separately, by Student Administration, with information about their ongoing enrollment.
New London Students
New students will be allowed access to the enrollment system on the date allocated to their School which for our students is the 24 August 2017.
Please note that enrollment for new students will be a two stage process. The first stage involves the student completing the enrollment process in the online system. Once completed, these students will appear in School enrollment figures e.g. in the Dashboard and will be available for staff to split into tutorial groups, allocation of personal tutors etc. The second stage is the verification of their enrollment by confirming their identity. Students will be required to provide photographic ID when they collect their student ID card. Once their enrollment has been verified, and their ID card has been activated, confirmations of enrollment will be sent to external bodies such as SAAS and SLC as appropriate.
If a student does not complete this second part of the enrollment process, staff should be in contact with these students to establish if they intend to complete their enrollment and commence their module/programme.
Within the School the NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions teaching team have been working towards setting up a Masters Programme that will extend the work they do by creating a new pathway through our MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Programme.
Last month saw the approval of this new pathway which has also involved an alteration to the name of the original MSc Programme. So the School now hosts:
An MSc in Gerontology and the new pathway the MSc in Gerontology (with Dementia Care). Details of both courses can be found at:
or contact the programme leader directly at email@example.com
Our school offers a variety of innovative programmes with hands-on experience working in state-of-the-art virtual ward situations to help you achieve your ambitions. Our graduates and staff are making an immense contribution to improving the health of the nation and are also making their mark across the world to improve health and well-being internationally.
Our MSc in Global Primary Care Management is focussed on improving population health status by integrating elements of traditional ‘health’ and business thinking. It aims to encourage creativity and innovation, to develop wider systems thinking and to generate sustainable and measurable changes in primary care systems and/or services in target populations. The programme benefits greatly from the unique blending of expertise in two Schools (Health & Business) in creating a new type of graduate. You can click here for more details and to apply!
Our School was well represented at this year’s British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference in Swansea held from the 5-7th. of July 2017. One of our 3rd year PhD students, Sam Quinn presented his work on ‘Ageing in Place with a Learning Disability and Dementia’ on the first day of the conference, which was well received in a session on minority groups. Day 2 saw Dr Kirstin James, Lecturer in Integrated Health and Social Care, presenting alongside her colleague Barry Sneddon of NHS Forth Valley. They presented work from their QNIS funded study ‘Our Visit’ an exciting project which focuses on promoting meaningful family visits in a community hospital setting. On the final day of the conference, Dr Louise Ritchie, Lecturer in Dementia (Research), presented her evaluation of the innovative ‘Dementia Dogs’ project in Scotland.
As well as thought provoking, insightful and innovative talks other highlights from the conference included:
- The setting (see the picture) the new campus at Swansea University is the closest campus in the world to a beach. This was the setting for a BBQ on the first night and the 5k ramble the following morning to blow away the cobwebs (Is it too late to request a beach at the new Lanarkshire Campus?)
- The Welsh hospitality, the BSG is a fully residential conference and the organising team (@CIASwansea) went out of their way to ensure each attendee was looked after. The conference dinner truly captured the theme of the conference ‘Do not go gentle – gerontology and a good old age’. There was no-one going gently that night. Great fun and a great networking opportunity.
- The after dinner speaker at the dinner was Beti George, a Welsh radio presenter who was a carer for her husband David Parry-Jones who sadly passed away earlier this year. Beti gave a truly inspirational speech, although she precluded with ‘…this may come across as a rant – but I hear ranting is good for digestion’. She received a standing ovation for her speech. Beti has previously worked with staff from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice to film her BBC documentary ‘Beti and David: Lost for Words.’ She is now filming a follow-up documentary and she hopes to be able to improve the support available in Wales for people with dementia and their families.
- The conference proceedings were captured visually each day by an artist in residence (@eleanorbeer) which provided a great talking point at breaks as well as a lasting memento of the conference.
The next Learning Conversations Event is scheduled to take place on the 26th of July – 12:45 pm with lunch available on the 3rd Floor Open Area of the Caird Building at Hamilton Campus. Finishing time will be around 3:30 pm. It will be hosted by Professor Paul Martin CBE
Practice Placement hours will be credited for your attendance at this event and uniform is not required. If you have any special dietary requirements or disability requirements please let us know in advance.
If you would like to secure a place for this and receive a confirmation e-mail to show to your clinical area please e-mail at LearningConversations@uws.ac.uk
The topic for the next session is the proposed Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, which you can access at this link MHS_17-27
Please read over the strategy if you are going to attend as it will be the focus of the Learning Conversation, and will allow you to think about questions or points you’d like to discuss at the event. We look forward to seeing you.
Please note that if you are coming along photographs will be taken on the day.
UWS has partnered with the University of Dundee and the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre to develop a free online course, Compassionate Care: Getting it Right, which will begin on the 17th of July.
When we first ran this course in October 2016, nearly 10,000 health and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users joined in to share their experiences of delivering and receiving compassionate care.
The course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about person-centred care and quality improvement. With 15 hours of learning over 5 weeks, the course gives learners the chance to hear from experts in the field and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others. Participants may also choose to take part in a research study which aims to increase the evidence base of knowledge around online learning and health & social care.
The trailer provides an introduction, and enrollment is now open, to view it click here.