Maternal Child and Family Health

Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here:


UWS Announced as China’s First Official Training Partner in Scotland

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In the first instance of its kind in Scotland, University of the West of Scotland has been recognised as an official training partner for China after receiving accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA).

SAFEA is the Chinese government agency responsible for certifying foreign experts to work in mainland China and for organising overseas training for Chinese professionals. This endorsement means UWS becomes the first organisation in Scotland to be accredited to provide technical and managerial training to organisations in China.

Principal & Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney said of the accreditation,

“The University has a long and proud history of friendship with China. We are absolutely delighted our already strong foundations of partnership and collaboration have been further strengthened through this important accreditation by the Chinese State Administration. This will have significant importance for UWS and for Scotland as a whole, and open up new and impactful areas of activity.”

The announcement came as Scotland’s First Minister was visiting China as part of a trade mission to further develop Scottish-Chinese business and education links. UWS Vice Principal (Global Engagement) Andrew Disbury is participating in the visit to investigate opportunities for UWS in China.

 On UWS’s recognition, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“UWS has a strong track-record of positive engagement and cooperation with partners at a national and international level. This accreditation from China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs will help to further strengthen Scotland’s academic and cultural links with China, enabling our two countries to continue to share expertise and best practices in a broad number of areas.”

Accreditation as an Overseas Training and Collaborative Organisation (OTCO) will enable University teams to deliver and share training for Chinese partners in a broad number of areas of UWS expertise, including:

  • Creative Media: cultural diplomacy, media practice
  • Environmental Health: waste management, circular economy, food safety
  • Global Tourism: rural tourism, cultural heritage and regeneration, global branding
  • Healthcare: Older people’s and dementia care, midwifery and newborn care, community healthcare
  • Immersive Teaching: transformational education, VR/AR technology in teaching
  • Integration between education and industry: Modern Apprenticeships, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • International Innovation and Entrepreneurship: enterprise education
  • Science & Technology: Thin films, 5G technology, Smart City technology, aircraft engineering
  • Sport: football coach training

As an official OTCO, UWS will be the first Scottish organisation to participate in the Conference on International Exchange of Professionals in Shenzhen (being held 14-16 April). UWS colleagues Margaret Scott from Enterprise Services & Employer Engagement and Chao Guo from the School of Business & Enterprise are attending the event to explore collaborative opportunities with Chinese universities, public sector organisations and companies interested in overseas training.

The University’s accreditation follows a lengthy process of review by the State Administration which began in 2016, when our first SAFEA-monitored training was delivered as a pilot by the School of Business & Enterprise to Hainan University. The SAFEA application process has also involved in-country training, visits to UWS campuses and meetings with staff and students. In addition, the University received recommendation from the Chinese Consulate-General and the Education Department of the Chinese Embassy in London for our OTCO application.


Congratulations to RCM’s Midwifery Service of the Year, 2018!

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Midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) from one of our partner NHS Health Boards are celebrating after being declared the Royal College of Midwife’s Midwifery Service of the Year at the Royal College Midwives (RCM’s) Annual Midwifery Awards 2018 in London on the March 6th.

Members of NHS Lanarkshire maternity team collected their prestigious award at a special awards ceremony  Good Morning Britain’s news anchor Charlotte Hawkins presented the winning midwives and MSWs with a special trophy.

The Kellogg’s All-Bran Award for Midwifery Service of the Year recognises excellence in significant improvements and innovation in the provision of maternity care. The judges consider in this category maternity services that show a real commitment to improving team work within multi-disciplinary teams. Gill Walton Chief Executive and General Secretary at the RCM said;

“I wish to congratulate each and every member of the midwifery team at NHS Lanarkshire for all the great work they’ve done to improve the care that they deliver. NHS Lanarkshire is an excellent example of a service that has been consistently seeking to improve the maternity service it delivers and they have  an engaged, enthusiastic and empowered team of midwives supporting and wider multi disciplinary   team implementing those improvements which are resulting in high quality care for women and their babies.”

The judging panel commented;

“NHS Lanarkshire stood out to us as an example of a maternity team that have the last 2 years, responded to service user feedback. This has meant a very significant change and improvement in physical ward environments and working patterns for staff.  It is a credit to the midwifery team that while these changes were underway the high quality service to women and families has continued and quality improvement work has continued rather than stalling.”

Neena Mahal, Chair of NHS Lanarkshire offered

“Huge congratulations go out to our maternity services staff. This is a tremendous accolade for our staff, recognising their commitment to multi-disciplinary team working and how this impacts positively on the outcomes for women, newborns and their families. This award also shows how much innovation is going on in our maternity services and the great effort by our hard-working midwives, maternity support workers and the wider maternity team to provide the safest and best possible person-centred care.”

More information on the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Awards is available to view here:

Tree of Life Going to Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow

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Tree of Life January18

Here’s the latest picture of the UWS Tree of Life, which is travelling around Scotland collecting thumbprints from midwives past, present and future in the lead up to International Day of the Midwife in May 2018.

We can now confirm arrangements for the Tree of Life’s visit to the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.

It will be there from Friday 19th January to Monday 22nd January. If you are an Ex-midwife, Current midwife or a Midwifery student please add your fingerprint to the tree and tell all of your friends. We would love to share your photos and let us know by visiting and liking the Facebook page UWS Tree of Life . OR use the hashtag  #UWSTreeofLife and or @uwshealth

Our Assistant Dean Releases Her New Publication

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Dr. Maria Pollard (Assistant Dean: Education)


Dr Maria Pollard, the Assistant Dean for Education in our School has recently published an updated second edition of her book ‘Evidence-Based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers: A Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals’ 

Maria based the book on the revised UNICEF Baby Friendly learning outcomes. The textbook guides students and healthcare professionals who support breastfeeding mothers with the essential knowledge, evidence and skills to effectively promote, support and protect breastfeeding mothers.

Maria’s main areas of interest are breastfeeding, education, supervision of midwives and normal childbirth. She completed a doctorate in education, exploring how student midwives learn about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding continues to be a major public health issue and UWS remains the only university in the UK to have both its Midwifery and Health Visiting education fully accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly.


UWS Student Contributes to the QNIS Blog

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Katy Chan, one of our Third Year Adult students recently completed a Management Placement with Barbara McFadzean, District Nursing Sister in Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, and was asked to contribute to the Blog of the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS)

The QINS are one of the lead organisations promoting excellence in community nursing whose goal is to improve the health and well-being of the people of Scotland. Katy writes about the need for District Nursing services to promote person-focused care that enables people to take an active role in their own health. She also discusses her role within the team during her placement. If you would like to read more Click Here