Amanda Wins Baby Friendly Poster Competition

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Amanda T_Baby friendly conference photo

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

Our New Maternity Care Assistants are Now Out on Placement

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Having completed their first two weeks with us at the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery our cohort of New Maternity Assistant students are out participating in their allocated maternity placements, and are being supported by their clinical mentors. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) are supporting a new cohort of 20 enthusiastic maternity care assistant students.

The successful candidates had to undergo a robust selection process and secured places against significant competition.

Evelyn Frame, the Chief Midwife at NHSGCC, said:

“This is a great opportunity for all the participants taking part in the programme and at the same time a huge boost to maternity services that we have so many enthusiastic individuals who aspire to work as part of our teams in the future. I look forward to following their progress and working with them as they successfully complete the programme.”

Well done to all of them so far and good luck as they progress in the programme, which they will complete in June 2018.

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.


Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP 

Midwifery Tree of Life for 2018

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The UWS Tree of Life project will be visiting Hamilton Campus next week. If you are a midwife or midwifery student we would like to invite you to pop along and place your thumbprint on the tree, add your contribution to the book of stories and pay a minimum of £1 donation towards our nominated charities.

This year we are fundraising for the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund and to create a new UWS Scholarship fund for student midwives. It would be great to see anyone who is, has been or wishes to be a midwife.

Please feel free to share this message to any colleagues or ex-colleagues who you feel may wish to place their thumbprint on the Tree, marking them as part of Scotland’s community of midwives.

The Tree will be on Hamilton Campus in the Caird Building on Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th of November in Room C3.16

Hamilton Swishing Event Last Week

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Many thanks to everyone who joined in the Swishing event on Thursday 9th November. The day was a great success with a total of £108.19 made on the day to support the Schools activities for the International Day of the Midwife

There was lots of excitement and chatter when participants inspected the items and swished their previously loved items for something new (to them!). Staff and students enjoyed the sweet treats on offer, including Jean’s tablet and Sheona’s brownies. Evelyn got into the swing trying on some shoes for size – sadly she was a no sale though!

Even Holly Hamilton (the midwifery mascot) got in on the act. Look out for more Swishing activities throughout the year.

Have you Signed Up for the Student Research Conference?

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We still have places available for the School’s Student Research Conference which is being held on Wednesday 29th of November 2017 at Paisley Campus.  Senior BSc Adult, Mental Health and Midwifery students and all MSc pre-registration students within the School are welcome to come along and hear about the research which is taking place within the School and also the opportunity to network with staff and students.

This year, Professor David Chapman-Jones, the Director of the Institute for Research in Healthcare Policy and Practice (IRHPP) will be talking about our exciting plans for the development of pioneering research with immersive technology and virtual and augmented reality environments.  Professor Milan Radosavljevic (Associate Vice Principal – Research) will share his vision for the future of research within the University. Our keynote speaker, Dr Carl Walker (Reader at the University of Brighton) will be delivering a keynote speech on

‘Rethinking preventative wellbeing- a community approach to action research in mental health’.

Activities within the conference will include students presenting posters and talking about their own research studies in small groups.  There is also a plenary session where students and staff will share their motivations for becoming involved in research and how this has influenced their career pathways.  The day will conclude with a prize-giving ceremony by Professor Debbie Tolson.

In regards to travel arrangements for students and staff based at Ayr, Dumfries and Hamilton campus, if numbers are sufficient, the School will provide a bus to transport students and staff to the Conference.  If you would like to travel by bus or have any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact our School Service Delivery Administrator (Research & Enterprise) Jade Birkin as soon as possible at Jade.Birkin@uws.ac.uk

Please see the link below to register for the Student Research Conference