Maternal Child and Family Health

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.

 

Winners of the #IDM2017 Event for Scotland

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 The Royal College of Midwives announced yesterday that the WINNER of the best #IDM2017 event for Scotland was the  University of the West of Scotland.

The University of the West of Scotland held a celebratory conference on International Day of the Midwife. All students were invited to attend this event, providing an excellent opportunity to bring the two campuses where Midwifery is taught together and to provide networking opportunities for the different cohorts to get together.

Dr Mary Ross Davies, RCM Director (Scotland) hosted and kicked off the event which included sessions with world café workshops introducing different topics to all of the students. Honorary Professor Ann Holmes from the Scottish Government delivered a talk about the new Government policy, The Best Start. We also had representatives from the Scottish Government who were showcasing the baby boxes that all new parents will be gifted following birth. There is great excitement around this activity.

Linda Wylie, a former UWS midwifery lecturer, hosted the Virtual International Day of the Midwife from one of the classrooms on site, so attendees at the conference can link in with VIDM and learn more about the power of social media during the event.

Inspired by the RCM conference drive for knitted midwives. UWS students voted for and selected the charity Kicks Count. who also provided advertising for donations of knitted/crocheted or crafted midwives. The Midwifery Society raised more than £600 from running a number of stalls including the Knitted Midwives stall, the bottle stall, the SANDS stall and the RCM stall and a delicious sweetie cart.

One of the 1st year student midwives, Sarah Scarlett, has been awarded an Iolanthe grant to assist her in training in British Sign Language. Sarah provided an interactive session for all attendees to introduce them to a couple of signs that may be helpful when caring for women and families with hearing loss.

Sheona Brown, a Midwifery Lecturer at UWS who was key to organising the event, says,

” We had an amazing event, the sun even shone. The day was packed full of activities to learn and network, the University of the West of Scotland event also included a flashmob of an especially written IDM song. If you want to get in the mood we sang it was sang to the tune of I’d Like to Teach the World to sing. It appeared to be a rousing success.”

 

The RCM Regional Officer for University of the West of Scotland is Emma Currer. The team will receive a prize of £500. Congratulations!

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.

 

Our Students Contribute to North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership Nursing Event

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Trust day _ayrOn Friday 5th May 2017, four of our soon to be qualified pre-registration adult and mental health nursing students presented at one of our local partner trusts Health & Social Care Partnership Nursing Event conference.

John Davidson, Nichola Duffy, Suzanne Hainey and Clare Sutherland (pictured above) were asked to represent the voice of student nurses and provide an insight into the future of nursing from their perspective.

They presented to a room of about 80 qualified nurses including some very experienced managers, including David Thomson, Associate Nurse Director and Professor Hazel Borland, Nurse Director NHS Ayrshire & Arran. They were very enthusiastic about their journey into and through our programmes and to their careers that lie ahead. They were highly professional and represented the University and Ayr Campus exceptionally well. Thanks to you all!

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

Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design: NewMOOC!

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In collaboration with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre and the University of Dundee, UWS has been involved in the development of a MOOC called Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design. The MOOC will launch on the 29th of May 2017.

the MOOC is a free online course for anyone interested in finding out what health inequalities are, and how practitioners, managers, policymakers and the public can work together to help reduce them. The course offers 12 hours of learning over 4 weeks – register now! 

This enjoyable and informative professional development opportunity will enable learners to develop their knowledge of inequalities, learning from initiatives here in Scotland and overseas that are working to reduce them. It looks at different approaches to improving health and social outcomes across Scotland for a wide range of groups including vulnerable pregnant women, children, young offenders and GP patients in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

The course covers topics including:

  • The social determinants of health
  • Hidden health inequalities
  • Technology & access to care
  • Planning and designing an improvement project
  • Ethnic, cultural and gender differences in health outcomes
  • Nutrition & diet in early years
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to improvement
  • Criminal justice and health outcomes
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Designing services for vulnerable groups
  • Addressing patient well-being via co-located services

Join learners from around the world to explore this critical topic. If you have questions about the course, you can connect with the course organisers on Facebook and Twitter.

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.