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A First for Scotland

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The Dementia and Emergency Services Collaborative held their first collaborative event on the 5th. of October which brought together representatives of Scotland’s Emergency Services and first responders. There was a general buzz in the air as they learned together about dementia from Mr Henry Rankin, a former police officer, who has dementia. Participants also experienced the fire simulator and toured the Safe and Well House at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Cambuslang.

Supported by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) at UWS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Dementia and Emergency Services collaborative arose from members of the emergency services identifying a need to develop their knowledge and skills in working with people with dementia in emergency situations.

Representatives from Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scottish Ambulance Community First Responders, Mountain Rescue Teams,  NHS Emergency Departments and Purple Alert, all participated in this learning afternoon.

Henry Simmons the CEO of Alzheimer Scotland said “…this is an exciting event and, as far as I am aware, the first opportunity across Europe to bring together these key members of the community of support, that will ensure the person living with dementia is enabled to remain in their own home as long as possible”.

Professor Debbie Tolson of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, said she was “…delighted at the success of the event and commended the team at ASCPP and Scottish Fire and Rescue for their impressive work and vision. The University team look forward to working with the Emergency Services and Alzheimer Scotland to build upon this work to ensure that people with dementia feel protected and safe”. 

Karen Wilson, Dean of the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said that “ …it is incredibly important that all services who come into contact with people with dementia understand how to communicate with clients and their families/carers and other professionals but nowhere is this more important than in an emergency situation.  I am extremely proud of the work that the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre does to support dementia knowledge and practice exchange, and thank everyone involved for participating in this unique event.”

 

 

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Online Resource Created Within the School Nominated for Prestigious Self-management Award

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An online learning resource, created with significant input from UWS, has been nominated in the Self Management Resource of the Year category of the Self Management Awards 2017.

The Self Management Awards are run by the ALLIANCE, the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 4 October 2017.

The free online learning resource, Putting Caring Conversations into Practice, is based largely on work by Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement at UWS.

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Designed for both medical and non-medical staff in general practice … READ FULL ARTICLE

Supporting Novice Researchers Event at Hamilton Campus

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On Thursday 31st August 2017, the School held a British Society of Gerontology small event at the Caird Building, Hamilton Campus.The event was supported by NHS Lanarkshire. The event successfully brought together students, older people, health and social care practitioners and lecturers from across Lanarkshire to look at some of the research and work carried out by the School and within NHS previously with the afternoon spent conducting a research jam which looked at generating ideas for key issues where research into health and social care practice would be likely to have the most benefit to the local population of older people.

A key message from the afternoon was nothing about us without us and the need for more humanistic approaches to be taken in future work. The report and feedback from today will be sent to the BSG, the Health Board and the participants and will be used to guide our Masters and PhD students working locally on what subjects could be examined and what type of research is required as they decide on their dissertation topics.

The final part of the day was the launch of our Tovertafel original which will be used in a local collaborative research project with Udston Hospital.

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:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/15473855.Agenda__We_must_improve_education_and_training_for_dementia_care/

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.