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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

The article can be viewed at:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15473855.Agenda__We_must_improve_education_and_training_for_dementia_care/

UWS and Alzheimer Scotland Build on Their Long-standing Links

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Building on our close links, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Alzheimer Scotland have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Our School is a leader in the field in the Scottish higher education sector for dementia-related teaching and research. The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS provides a high quality environment for applied research, education and enterprise. It is a centre of excellence, advancing dementia policy and practice through education and applied research in Scotland and beyond.

The National Dementia Champions programme which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy is led by the Centre. This important programme, which creates ‘Dementia Champions’ to improve the quality of care provided for people with dementia and caring families, is a major part of the Centre’s national workforce development.

Dementia care is embedded in the University’s nursing courses and every aspect of students’ training is career-focused: they learn the essential skills they need to help people in this extremely difficult stage of life. At the root of all the activity is the University’s close partnership with Alzheimer Scotland.

Both organisations have ambitious and far-reaching strategic development plans aimed at the provision of research and skills development to support the innovative and effective delivery of high quality dementia care within the integrated health and social care landscape in Scotland.

UWS and Alzheimer Scotland are committed to working collaboratively to support the advancement of their respective strategic objectives and this new Partnership will see both organisations focus resources on shared priority areas. These primarily concern a joint commitment to further develop the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Dementia Policy & Practice; increasing collaborative working to influence policy; and shaping practice in dementia care, developing new and innovative interventions that reflect current needs and emerging policy.

Karen Wilson, Dean of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We are delighted to have further enhanced our links with Alzheimer Scotland, which has been a close partner of ours for so many years.The School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery is committed to making an important and lasting contribution to our society and this partnership will result in even more benefits to those living, and caring for a loved one with dementia.”

Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are over 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 are under the age of 65. By the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer Scotland is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“It is hugely important for us to work in partnership with researchers who are dedicated to developing better practice in dementia. We must never lose sight of the people living with dementia today who can and should, benefit from dementia research. The University of the West of Scotland is at the forefront of developing new ideas and approaches to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them.”

Arrangements for Enrolment – Trimester 1, 2017/18

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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.

Continuing students

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.

London Campus

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.

MSc in Gerontology New Pathway Approved

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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:

https://pg2017.uws.ac.uk/courses/gerontology/

or contact the programme leader directly at raymond.duffy@uws.ac.uk

Studying for a PhD

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Our PhD students work at the forefront of their academic subject and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

To be a success they need to be passionate about their subject area, have an enthusiasm for research and analysis, and the motivation to manage their own personal learning programmes. Want to know more? Watch the video:

 

Thinking about applying and need more information click here

 

MSc Global Primary Care Management

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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!

 

At the Second Healthcare Improvement Science Summer School

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The Healthcare Improvement Science summer school, hosted by the University of Alicante was set up between UWS and the University of Alicante, as a direct result of our school leading on the “Improvement Science training for European Healthcare workers” (ISTEW) project,  which involved collaboration with seven other European countries.

The aim of ISTEW was to develop shared academic and practice based programmes that enable European universities to build improvement capacity and capability within their own healthcare workforce.

Based on the principle findings of the ISTEW project the aim of HIS summer school is to introduce students to the principles of improvement science. The summer school aim to help our students to understand the value of evidence-based practice and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to translate evidence into practice allowing them to undertake making improvements to care with confidence.

Eight student nurses and midwives from our School attended this year, and their trip involved visits to two Spanish Hospitals. During their visits, the students were given a tour of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology facilities, Paediatric, Surgical and Intensive Care areas. The clinical staff took time to discuss their approaches to healthcare and offered our students the opportunity to ask many questions.

Once again the programme was well-evaluated, and this year’s students have made some fantastic proposals that will be used in the development of future programmes.

If you want to know more about what attending the Summer School was like visit: https://ournursingstories.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/alicante-summer-school/