Integrated Care

Something Old…Something New….

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Staff from the Undergraduate Programme Board attended the ‘Working Differently Across Boundaries: Transforming Health and Social Care’ NHS Scotland Event 2017 at the SECC in Glasgow, held between 20-21ST June 2017. The School hosted a stand, to promote the School’s portfolio of programmes at the event.

Elaine Gifford, Helen Rainey and Claire Chalmers met and spoke with a number of people interested in study at UWS, and it is hoped the contacts made will come back and speak to us any apply to join our new programmes in the forthcoming academic year.

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They also met with someone ‘old’ (as in…from our recent past….)… Professor John Rae former Head of School.

Jack @SECC


…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.

Ann and Team SECC

Overall, a very worthwhile event.


International Centre for Integrated Care Launched 

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At the 15th International Conference on Integrated Care in Edinburgh May 2015, both the Cabinet Secretary and the COSLA spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing welcomed 500 delegates from 40 nations at a landmark moment in Scotland’s integration journey. During the conference, representatives from the Scottish Government, national health and care organisations, and the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) considered how they may work together to enhance education, knowledge transfer, research and enterprise on integrated care. Partners proposed the development of a Centre for Integrated Care in Scotland, hosted by an academic institution, and established with policy, delivery, academic, third sector and international partners.

Following on from the conference and building on the success of the BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care programme; the University of West Scotland (UWS) convened an Advisory Board on Integrated Health and Social Care to inform the further development of a cross-school portfolio on integrated care. The Advisory Board discussed the broader benefits of collaboration beyond the university and endorsed the proposal to establish a centre of excellence on integrated care bringing together academic, policy and delivery partners from Scotland alongside other international partners. The Centre, hosted within the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery at UWS, was officially launched on Friday 19th May as the International Centre for Integrated Care. Pictures from the event are below.

A significant element of the work of the International Centre for Integrated Care will be undertaken in partnership with IFIC. UWS will enter into a formal agreement to establish and develop, for mutual benefit, an IFIC Scotland collaboration within the Centre.

The Centre will host, oversee and seek to generate income to support and extend IFIC Scotland’s portfolio. The Centre will also provide a platform for the delivery of education and training activities through IFIC’s Integrated Care Academy, invest in a co-ordinator to support activities including generating content for an IFIC Scotland web presence and promote UWS’ contribution to international research and knowledge collaborations on integrated people-centred care.

If you want to find out more click here

British Transplant Games 2017; Can You Help?

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Transp[lant Games 2017

UWS is a sponsor of the British Transplant Games – everybody who participates has had a transplant and the Games are both a celebration of life (donor families are also invited to attend) and a vehicle to raise awareness of the Organ Donor Register. Information about the Register can be found here

The 2017 Games will be held in North Lanarkshire 27th July – 30th July and we would love as many of our staff and students to volunteer as is possible. Students, in particular, benefit from volunteering because it develops their employability skills, enhances their CV’s and demonstrates passion and effort, devoted to a particular cause, all of which are of interest to employers.

So far, over 100 students have signed-up.

If you’d be interested in hearing more about this, please leave your contact details on this link and you’ll be contacted about a short training session being held in Paisley on 22ndMay, from 12-2pm and at Hamilton on 25th May, from 10am – 12pm.

The team involved with the Games, at North Lanarkshire Council, have been working very hard on this and UWS hopes that the involvement of our staff and students will contribute to the overall success of this worthwhile event.  If you would like to know more about activities and events in the run-up to the games, all information is here.


It’s International Nurses Day #IND2017

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International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year and we think we should too!

So first of all,  a message from Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen on the launch of the NMC’ s enabling Professionalism document that you can download from here. 


This second video is a little bit of inspiration. This talk is by Carolyn Jones who spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of the unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front line of health care. #nurseheroes

Dementia Awareness Week #oneweething

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Please come along to our Drop-in Event at the Mezzanine Area of the Brough Building, Paisley Campus, 1-3pm, 31st May, 2017.
If you can’t be with us on the day please join us on twitter @ASCPP #oneweething where we are celebrating all the lovely things and small changes that our Dementia Champions and others do to improve the lives of people with dementia, their family and friends.

Tea at 3 for Ayrshire Hospice

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Throughout June the University and our partners the Ayrshire Hospice will be encouraging everyone to take part in Tea at 3.  It’s fun and easy to get involved in and we would love to have your support!

Why not host – A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party; a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, ask colleagues for a donation at their tea break; a Tea Dance at your local club; a garden party; a G&’T’ party even!

You could also get into the spirit by holding a Royal Ascot Party on Saturday 24th June and it’s also the Queen’s Birthday parade on Saturday 17th June – what better way to celebrate than by holding an afternoon tea event in aid of the hospice?

It’s also Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June – why not hold a family event and spoil your dad!

For more information go to Tea at 3 or please contact Lyn. Tel: 01292 288488 Email:


Chief Nursing Officer Commissions Review into Widening Access

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Professor Paul Martin CBE 


Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer has commissioned a review into widening access to nursing and midwifery education and careers.

The review will be led by the Depute Principal and Depute Vice Chancellor of the University of West of Scotland, Professor Paul Martin CBE who will work with key stakeholders to identify best practice and current barriers to entering the professions and to make recommendations to enhance accessibility to a wide range of aspiring nurses and midwives.

The Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Fiona McQueen was joined by Health Secretary Shona Robison to formally launch the review at Edinburgh Napier University’s Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre, where they met current students.

Ms Robison said:

“Nurses have a vital role to play in achieving our vision for health and social care in Scotland and are at the heart of our NHS – it is important that we continue to maximise the opportunities to pursue careers in nursing and midwifery.

“There is excellent work going on across Scotland to meet nursing and midwifery workforce demands through our evidence-based intake planning processes, commitment to high quality higher education programmes and our continuing support for students. We want to build on that success.

The Scottish Government remains committed to free tuition fees and protecting the non-means tested, non-repayable nursing and midwifery student bursary – which we believe is essential to ensure a steady supply of trainees into the profession. This commission aims to maximise that investment.”

Professor McQueen said:

“I’m delighted that Paul Martin has accepted my invitation to lead this commission. Paul brings a wealth of experience and expertise from higher education, practice and policy. The final report will identify best practice and current innovations which maximise access across the education and employment sectors. It will also identify current obstacles to nursing and midwifery careers, both in terms of ambition and access. The recommendations will cover actions and targets to improve access to Nursing and Midwifery education and careers.

The commission will also form an important strand of the 2030 Nursing Vision which aims to shape the future of the nursing profession. The 2030 Nursing Vision is a real opportunity for nurses, student nurses and other key stakeholders to engage and make their voice heard and truly shape the future of this profession.”

Professor Martin said:

“It is an honour to be asked to lead this important work stream. 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. Flexible access to the opportunities that a nursing midwifery education brings, and the career opportunities that this opens, helps to ensure the future nursing and midwifery workforce. I share CNO’s ambitions to achieve such clarity and flexibility for the profession.”

Professor Martin will report back to the Scottish Government later in 2017.