UWS Tree of Life

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Heather Gilchrist a 2nd year  MSc Student Midwife has launched the UWS Tree of Life Campaign during her recent remote and rural placement in Dunoon.

Heather conceived the idea of growing a tree of thumbprints where each print representss a past, present or future midwife in Scotland. The Tree is now off on its rounds across the 14 Health Boards in Scotland, capturing thumbprints and donations as it circulates.

Donations made to the project will be split between the Royal College of Midwives Benevolent Fund and a scholarship fund supporting student midwives to undertake elective placements. The Tree will return to Paisley Campus and be available to view during the annual International Day of the Midwife Celebrations which will be held at the University on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Further information on the project can be found on the UWS Tree of Life Facebook page or follow @UWSTreeofLife on Twitter. It looks to be a fabulous project bringing communities of midwives together to celebrate their role, whilst raising funds for some great causes.


Midwifery Student Wins Iolanthe Trust Award

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Congratulations to Sarah Scarlet a 2nd-year midwifery in the school who on the 28th. of September received an award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust.
Sarah’s award from the Trust is to fund a British Sign Language Level 2 Course to improve maternity services for deaf women. Sarah Scarlett wowed the room at the Award Ceremony with her work on sign language in midwifery and even taught the audience a few word signs too.

You can find out more about the awards at https://www.iolanthe.org/Awards_Student.cfm

Thanks to RCMScotland director Mary Ross-Davie and Penny Wallington for tweeting the pics!

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.


Say Hello to the Classes of Sept 17!

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New term, new students and thanks to everyone for sharing their pictures of their classes on the first day.

These are our new BSc Midwifery students at Hamilton Campus, our BSc Mental Health class at Hamilton, the BSc Adult Nursing Class at Hamilton and the BA(Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care students in Paisley.

A little bird told us that we have a talented group of super enthusiastic students this year. Can’t argue with that for a first impression.

‘Women’s Voices’ Event was Last Day on Campus for Midwifery Class of 2014

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The 30th. of August was a significant day for our midwifery team and particularly our third years, for whom today was their last day on campus. Best wishes to all of them in theitr future careers and remember to come back for graduation!
Here’s a look back over their time at UWS. Huge thanks to Demi Anderson for putting this video together – and we’re looking forward to welcoming the brand new cohort of 2017  midwives next week!

Watch the video here:

Midwifery Society Student Conference #UWSWomensVoices

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The University of the West of Scotland held its annual Midwifery Society student conference on the 30th. of August called   The conference was opened by Dr Mary Ross-Davie a Midwife for 22 years in London and Scotland who this year was appointed the Royal College of Midwives, Director for Scotland.

At the conference Mary spoke about the need for new midwives to work on developing their resilience to get them through difficult experiences & the need to stay optimistic as they strive to deliver The Best Start: A Five-Year Forward Plan for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland to all of Scotland’s children.

Th organisers would also like to thank the Royal College of Midwives (Glasgow Branch) for attending the event and their kind donation of £200 to support the work of @UWSMidSoc

Developmentally Supportive Care – a Learning Opportunity for Neonatal Health Professionals (Free Event)

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The Scottish Neonatal Nurses’ Group proudly present the following CPD opportunity for all neonatal health professionals. The event being held in Scotland on the 12th & 13th September 2017 (You should attend one day only); is funded by SNNG supported by Scottish Government, University of the West of Scotland and NHS Tayside. The programme and associated workshops are free. In the event of them being over subscribed, preference will be given to SNNG members and numbers per unit restricted.

Touch a life, impact a lifetime: Implications of Developmentally Supportive Care .


1. An internationally renowned speaker

2. Pre attendance anonymous online questionnaire

3. A full day study where you will learn effective, clinically relevant, evidence-based care strategies that can be immediately applied in the clinical setting

4. Support on how to be a change agent in the clinical setting

5. A unit practice audit tool to support implementation

6. Details of the Trauma Informed Critical Care (TICC) certification requirements

7. Access to a private Facebook page for additional support

8. Access to an online course which expands on the information delivered on the workshop and helps prepare you for accreditation, should you wish to pursue this

9. Free entry to sit exam to become accredited in Trauma Informed Critical Caring


All staff who are involved in the delivery of neonatal services

· Neonatal medical staff

· Neonatal nursing staff

· Neonatal managers

· Allied Health Professionals

· Neonatal educators

Candidates may attend only one of the following full day learning events:

Tuesday 12th September 2017. Steele Seminar Room, Perth Royal Infirmary

To register click here.


Wednesday 13th September. West of Scotland University, Hamilton Campus

To register click here.