My Home Life

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:

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.

British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference, Swansea 2017

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Our School was well represented at this year’s British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Conference in Swansea held from the 5-7th. of July 2017. One of our 3rd year PhD students, Sam Quinn presented his work on ‘Ageing in Place with a Learning Disability and Dementia’ on the first day of the conference, which was well received in a session on minority groups. Day 2 saw Dr Kirstin James, Lecturer in Integrated Health and Social Care, presenting alongside her colleague Barry Sneddon of NHS Forth Valley. They presented work from their QNIS funded study ‘Our Visit’  an exciting project which focuses on promoting meaningful family visits in a community hospital setting. On the final day of the conference, Dr Louise Ritchie, Lecturer in Dementia (Research), presented her evaluation of the innovative ‘Dementia Dogs’ project in Scotland.

As well as thought provoking, insightful and innovative talks other highlights from the conference included:

  • The setting (see the picture) the new campus at Swansea University is the closest campus in the world to a beach. This was the setting for a BBQ on the first night and the 5k ramble the following morning to blow away the cobwebs (Is it too late to request a beach at the new Lanarkshire Campus?)
  • The Welsh hospitality, the BSG is a fully residential conference and the organising team (@CIASwansea) went out of their way to ensure each attendee was looked after. The conference dinner truly captured the theme of the conference ‘Do not go gentle – gerontology and a good old age’. There was no-one going gently that night. Great fun and a great networking opportunity.
  • The after dinner speaker at the dinner was Beti George, a Welsh radio presenter who was a carer for her husband David Parry-Jones who sadly passed away earlier this year. Beti gave a truly inspirational speech, although she precluded with ‘…this may come across as a rant – but I hear ranting is good for digestion’. She received a standing ovation for her speech. Beti has previously worked with staff from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice to film her BBC documentary ‘Beti and David: Lost for Words.’ She is now filming a follow-up documentary and she hopes to be able to improve the support available in Wales for people with dementia and their families.
  • The conference proceedings were captured visually each day by an artist in residence (@eleanorbeer) which provided a great talking point at breaks as well as a lasting memento of the conference.

“Compassionate Care: Getting it Right” CPD Course About to Restart

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word-cloud-936542__340UWS has partnered with the University of Dundee and the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre to develop a free online course, Compassionate Care: Getting it Right, which will begin on the 17th of July.

When we first ran this course in October 2016, nearly 10,000 health and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users joined in to share their experiences of delivering and receiving compassionate care.
The course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about person-centred care and quality improvement. With 15 hours of learning over 5 weeks, the course gives learners the chance to hear from experts in the field and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others. Participants may also choose to take part in a research study which aims to increase the evidence base of knowledge around online learning and health & social care.

The trailer provides an introduction, and enrollment is now open, to view it click here.


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.

For more details see our About US page

They also met with someone ‘old’ (as in…from our recent past….)… Professor John Rae former Head of School.

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…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.

Ann and Team SECC

Overall, a very worthwhile event.


Congratulations to Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE

Many congratulations are due to Professor Belinda Dewar who was awarded an OBE in Queens Birthday Honours 2017 for her contribution to Nursing. If you want to know more about her distinguished career click here.

Well deserved for being an inspiration to so many others.

My Home Life (MHL) Germany Officially Launched

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My Home Life (MHL) Germany was officially launched at an event at Hamilton Campus on 25 May 2017. The My Home Life project, which is a UK-wide initiative and was launched in 2006 by the National Care Homes Research and Development Forum (NCHRDF), aims to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes through relationship-centred and evidence-based practice.

Starting in England, the MHL vision of best practice resonated and quickly spread across the UK and most recently further afield into Australia and now Germany.

The associated MHL Leadership programme sets out to support managers to develop as appreciative inquirers to create and sustain evidence-informed, relationship-centred and appreciative cultures in their care settings. UWS, in partnership with Scottish Care and Age Scotland, has been leading the MHL initiative and developing and delivering the Leadership programme in Scotland since 2013.

The creation of My Home Life Germany is as a result of a partnership between UWS, City University and the Josef und Luise-Kraft Foundation in Germany. The Foundation promotes human rights for older people in Germany and sees the MHL Leadership programme as a vehicle to address human rights in German care homes.

In April, MHL Scotland Director, Professor Belinda Dewar of UWS and MHL England Director, Professor Julienne Meyer CBE, visited the Foundation in Munich to share the learning to date from the programme, which has led to the launch of MHL in Germany.

Commenting on the launch Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at UWS, said:

“We are delighted to have launched My Home Life in Germany. This is a hugely important development as we work to spread and continually develop care home best practice not just in the UK but globally. Many people are interested in how to promote innovation and change in health and social care. The increasing complex landscape of care requires a different approach. Our appreciative approach aims to discover what gives life to a system, what energises people and what they most care about in order to produce both shared knowledge and knowledge for action. This is in stark contrast to other approaches to research and development that has the starting point of what is the problem and how do we fix it.”

Josef und Luise-Kraft Foundation Project Manager, Caroline Emmer De Albuquerque Green, said:

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the experience from My Home Life to Germany and draw on the learning and best practices from more than 10 years of work. In Germany, care homes are facing the same challenges as in Britain and many other countries around the world. Our mission and vision is to contribute to an enhanced quality of life for older people while recognising the positive role care homes, staff working in them and relatives can play. We are convinced that Home Life Germany and the values underlying it, will be able to help promote this.”

Julienne Meyer of City, University of London, said:

“We believe that relationships are key to the delivery of person-centred care.  This means that we must not only consider the needs of older people in care homes, but also the needs of relatives who visit and the needs of staff who work there. To enhance connections, we focus on having caring conversations; because we believe that relationships depend on the way we talk to one another. People are going into care homes older, sicker and frailer, and the workforce needs to be supported and upskilled. These issues are prevalent around the world. The way in which society often doesn’t value older people and their experiences has a knock-on effect for those who work in the sector. That’s what’s great about collaborating internationally; we can draw on each other’s learning and explore best practice together.”

MHL Germany was officially launched at an NCHRDF seminar at UWS on 25 May 2017. The Forum was established in 2003 to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share information and ideas arising from their work.