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Make Friday 15th a Christmas Jumper Day!

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The Library are taking part in this initiative in aid of Save the Children

 

 

If you would like to join in all you have to do is don your best Christmas attire and donate to Save the Children on the day (suggested donation: £2).

You don’t even have to buy a jumper or item of clothing/accessories you can borrow one or even bling up something you already have. More information here: https://christmasjumperday.org

Any donations can be taken to the Library on each campus or if you aren’t able to do this and would still like to contribute you can Text TEAMUWSLIB to 70050 to donate £5.

Go On. Make the world better with a sweater.

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Recruiting a More Diverse Workforce

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A range of measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major review, which was chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, Depute Principal of UWS.

Commissioned by Professor Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, and chaired by Professor Paul Martin CBE, recommendations include a national campaign to recruit a more diverse workforce and tackle negative stereotypes, more flexible routes into education, and using the commissioning of training places to incentivise widening participation.

Since being formed in April, the commission has worked closely with nurses, students, and those within the sector, to identify best practice and current barriers to entering the professions, and to make recommendations to address these.

The report entitled “The CNO Commission on Widening Participation in Nursing and Midwifery Education and Careers: Final Report 2017”

was launched today by the Chief Nursing Officer and Professor Martin at the Ayr Campus of University of the West of Scotland. They and members of the commission met with students who entered nursing programmes through a variety of routes.The Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen said:

“I want to thank Professor Martin for leading this work, underpinning our commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce. These recommendations can help ensure we have the right number of people in education, completing their course, and enjoying a long and successful career – core to our ambitions for nursing and midwifery. The latest workforce statistics for NHS Scotland show we have a record number of NHS staff including nurses and midwives, who are at the heart of our health service. But we want to go further in promoting those careers across health and social care settings and remove any barriers that might stand in the way.

This report comes in the same week we saw the highest ever number of acceptances to nursing and midwifery courses at our universities. The actions set out will allow us to build on that, maximising the opportunities available and the people who can benefit from them.” 

Professor Martin said:

“It was an honour to be asked to lead this important review. 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. It is vital that as the demographics of Scotland changes we are positioned to respond with the right number of nurses and midwives, with the right skills, in the right place, doing the right things. The challenges and opportunities to encourage and support widening access to nursing and midwifery education could not be timelier. There are recognised pressures on flow into the health workforce. There are areas where nurses and midwives are difficult to recruit – not just by region but in clinical and service specialties and particularly in care homes. Add to that a change agenda in health and social care, the repositioning of acute care, and the age profile of the workforce it is clear there are pressures that need solutions now, and importantly, plans created and implemented for the future. This report seeks to surface and where possible address some of these concerns. The actions and recommendations outlined in the review will make a difference and encourage opportunity and flexibility, encouraging access to nursing and midwifery careers.”

You can download the report Here

Amanda Wins Baby Friendly Poster Competition

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Our School recently supported two students to attend the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference in Telford on 22nd-23rd November.

A recent graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Health Public Health Nursing-Health Visiting programme, Amanda Taka, presented a poster with Health Visiting lecturer Clare McGuire.

The poster titled ‘Working Together to Improve Breastfeeding Support’ was voted best poster by conference delegates.

Amanda works as a Health Visitor in NHS Dumfries and Galloway and will also be presenting the poster at her local development day.

In addition to keynote speakers, the conference is a celebratory event to share the success of teams across the UK who have achieved or maintained baby friendly accreditation.

The SCPHN-Health Visiting programme was delighted to be re-accredited by baby friendly earlier this year and maintain the commitment of UWS to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

 

UWS Stars Awards 2018

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UWS Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme (STARS) Awards

The UWS Staff Appreciation & Recognition Scheme (STARS) awards are designed to recognise the University staff who as individuals or teams, have made a real difference to the students, staff or University in general, as chosen by the staff and students themselves.

As a School, we would like to encourage students and colleagues to nominate a UWS member of staff who has made a difference to them, or who have made a positive contribution under any of the STARS categories.

The Categories are:

  • Outstanding teaching.
  • Outstanding research and enterprise.
  • Outstanding service to students.
  • Outstanding service to colleagues.
  • Outstanding leadership.
  • Outstanding team.

Nominations should be made by February 28th 2018 and can be made HERE

HNM Student Conference 2017

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We held our annual Student Research Conference on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at Paisley Campus.  Senior BSc students, MSc, PhD and ProfDoc students and Health, Nursing and Midwifery staff received a warm welcome from both Professor Debbie Tolson (Assistant Dean Research and Enterprise) and Professor Milan Radosavljevic (Associate Vice-Principal – Research).

This year, Dr Carl Walker (Reader at the University of Brighton) delivered a thought-provoking keynote speech on ‘Rethinking preventative wellbeing- a community approach to action research in mental health’ and Professor David Chapman-Jones (Director of IRHPP) shared our exciting plans for the development of pioneering research with immersive technology and virtual and augmented reality environments.

Activities throughout the day included student presentations, discussion groups and poster presentations. During the parallel sessions, 14 students presented material from their MSc, Professional Doctorate and PhD research studies, followed by a Question & Answers session. The presentations covered a wide variety of health-related topics ranging from ‘Improving pre-op education’ to the ‘Subjective well-being of young people with dementia’.

During lunch, all attendees had the opportunity to network with staff and students and vote for the student poster they believed most clearly expressed and represented the essence of their research.

The day finished with a plenary session where students and staff shared their motivations for becoming involved in research and how this had influenced their career pathways.

Professor Debbie Tolson closed the conference with a prize-giving ceremony.

First-year PhD Student, Barbara Goncalves won ‘Best Poster’ with,

“Exploring the experiences of patients with COPD, carers and family from a social and psychological perspective.”

Third-year PhD Student, Ayorinde Akinbobola won ‘Best Presentation’ which was titled, Exploring the implication of residual biomass for medical equipment disinfection.”

COPD in South West Scotland the Focus of EU Parliamentary Presentation

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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.”

Happy St Andrews Day!

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Happy St Andrews Day from everyone here @uwshealth and @UniWestScotland. Have you seen the Scottish Google Doodle? If not got to https://g.co/doodle/eg2mc8

How about a bit of Tartan? If you’d like to get some, why not buy from the stoatin’ range of Alzheimer Scotland Tartan goodies to celebrate and support one of our partners.

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Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP