My Home Life

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

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 


Come and Study With Us At @UniWestScotland @uwshealth

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Professor Dewar visits MHL Australia

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE visited Adelaide last week where she worked with 14 participants to further develop their facilitation skills to run My Home Life Australia led by the South Australia innovation hub –

Gareth Norman CEO from Bundalear is keen to develop the recently launched LIEE (learning and innovating from everyday excellence) programmes at UWS as part of their new Centre at Bundaleer. Bundaleer provides independent living, residential care, home care and respite services. They are based on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast in the regional town of Wauchope.

Gareth said:

“My Home Life provides an extraordinary approach to the way we relate to others every day, especially through the effective use of emotional connections.  By being appreciative and focused on relationships as part of the development of better practice, we can realise, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own, and begin to understand the language, connotations, and images that we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

Through the MHL methodology, we can together consider different approaches to engagement; following the framework of have caring and considered conversations, we can support people to be courageous and curious, and connect emotionally and purposefully to what matters.  The MHL methodology connects the conscious and subconscious mind, to together collaborate and celebrate achievements.”

@AlzScotCPP Lecturers Make a Key Contribution to Latest HEDN Position Paper

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Margaret Brown and Anna Waugh of the of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS have made a key contribution to a position paper by The Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN) which has called for dementia education for all health and social care professionals.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is predicted to rise to 1 million by 2025. Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, around one third in a care home, and approximately one quarter of acute hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia. Therefore care of people with dementia is relevant to the entire health, social care and housing system.

Margaret Brown said:

“I have been impressed by the commitment of this team who are passionate to make dementia education front and centre of ensuring good quality care for the person living with dementia and their families”

Professor Claire Surr, of Leeds Beckett University, said:

“Professional bodies have a clear role to play in ensuring the health, social care and housing workforce are meeting the needs of those affected by dementia. We would like to see national knowledge and skills frameworks established as a required and monitored sector minimum standard. We recommend that application of the Frameworks become a requirement for (re)validation of health, social care and housing pre-qualifying education.”

A second position paper will be published in early 2018 on best practice methods for embedding dementia education within the curriculum, aimed both at the professional regulatory bodies and Higher Education Institutions.

To see their position paper click here


Let’s Keep Vivianne Going by Supporting Aspire

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Vivianne Crispin, one of the Adult Lecturers at our Hamilton Campus is doing a swimming challenge for a charity called Aspire. Aspire provide support and equipment for people with spinal cord injuries.

Vivianne has picked this charity for personal reasons. As she states:

“I have a spinal cord injury and I’m very fortunate not to be wheelchair bound like so many others. I have had two accidents that have resulted in permanent loss of sensation and movement in my lower left leg and foot. But my accidents could so easily have left me with limited mobility on both sides. So many others have spinal cord injuries that have resulted in a more serious loss than I have experienced and this is why I am interested in raising money for this charity and took on tier 2017 swimming challenge”

The Aspire Channel Swim Challenge 2017 is to swim the distance of the English Channel (22 miles) over 12 weeks. Vivianne is I’m almost halfway there already! If you would like to help Vivianne to raise more funds for this wonderful charity  you can visit  Vivianne’s Just Giving Page




UWS and Alzheimer Scotland Honour a Remarkable Couple

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Professor Debbie Tolson delivered the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice’s Inaugural Annual Celebration Lecture at the University’s Paisley Campus on the 1st November 2017. Professor Tolson, who is Director of Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) and Assistant Dean (Research and Enterprise) of the University’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, delivered an address entitled ‘Listening, Learning and Leading: Advancing Dementia Practice’.

The Annual Celebration Lecture will honour an outstanding contribution by a person or persons to the work of ASCPP. The inaugural lecture was dedicated to two people; Henry and Anne Rankin who have together made a sustained and outstanding contribution to dementia awareness and education across Scotland

As a newly retired police officer in his mid-fifties, Henry was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Henry is a member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group, campaigning with others who have dementia to uphold the rights and enhance the lives of all people experiencing dementia. In this role, he went from strength to strength, going on to chair the national group for some years. Anne is involved in many areas of work promoting involvement and helping others understand the perspectives of family members.

Both Henry and Anne are activists and educationalists on the national and international stage, raising awareness, influencing policy, challenging stereotypes and providing hope for countless others who have dementia and the families, friends and professionals who support them. They are particularly respected because it is clear that they reflect their message to others in the way they live their own lives. form more about this remarkable couple see the Evening Times Feature here

Professor Tolson’s lecture addressed the fact that to advance dementia care we need to listen carefully to both the loud and quiet voices. Henry and Anne Rankin have spoken many times about their experiences; they have challenged, inspired, and sometimes troubled, those who are listening. As well as listening there is a need to review and refresh approaches to learning and invest in both practice-based research and practitioner education research. In addition, to drive the change agenda and achieve effective delivery there is a need to strengthen strategic and professional leadership capabilities and capacity.

Professor Tolson drew on recent research, innovative pedagogy and reflections on prudent dementia policy, she illustrated the importance of listening to individuals affected by dementia and their family and of the essential contribution of experience based approaches to learning and research involvement needed to propel advances in practice and improve experiences of care.

The event also saw Henry and Anne Rankin being presented with a UWS Celebration Medal, which recognises those who have inspired the University in its scholarship, studies or in some way have made a demonstrable impact on the way UWS, and others, respond to dementia.

The event also showcased and celebrated the successes to date of the partnership between UWS and Alzheimer Scotland. It featured a number of short presentations by colleagues on the partnership and previous collaborative projects, culminating in the Celebration Lecture.

Professor Debbie Tolson said:

“Both Henry and Anne Rankin are truly inspirational individuals, who have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to dementia education, and I was delighted and honoured to have delivered the first Annual Celebration Lecture. It was great to be able to recognise the remarkable contribution of Henry and Anne Rankin to our Centre and thank them for the inspiration and motivation they afford each and every one of us as we endeavour to ensure no one faces dementia alone.”

Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are around 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 3,200 are under the age of 65. By the year 2020, there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK. Alzheimer Scotland is passionate that nobody should face dementia alone.

Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said:

“At UWS we are committed to making an important and lasting contribution to society and our collaborative work with Alzheimer Scotland impacts positively on those living, and caring for a loved one with, dementia. I am immensely proud of the Centre and the University was privileged to be able to mark the significant contribution of Henry and Anne Rankin who are truly positive examples for us to follow.”

The University is a leader in the field in the Scottish higher education sector for dementia-related teaching and research. The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS provides a high-quality environment for applied research, education and enterprise. It is a centre of excellence, advancing dementia policy and practice through education and applied research in Scotland and beyond.

This inaugural event was a celebration of the close partnership between UWS and Alzheimer Scotland. UWS and Alzheimer Scotland recently signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement and this annual event came about thanks to this formal agreement.

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said:

“Henry and Anne Rankin have both influenced the dementia policy and practice landscape in Scotland in recent years and their commitment and dedication to helping improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families and carers has been remarkable. I am delighted that UWS recognised their joint efforts in such a significant way through this honour and the award of this Celebration Medal.”

Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice Annual Celebration Lecture

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Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) are holding their Annual Celebration Lecture in the Chancellor’s Hall at the UWS Paisley Campus on 1st November 2017.

Entitled “Listening, Learning, Leading: Advancing Dementia Practice”

The evening will honour those who inspire us every day & celebrate the work of the centre.

The event will commence at 4.30pm and finish with refreshments around 6.30pm.

More details about the programme for the evening can be found at the Eventbrite link HERE  The link also allows you to Register for this event which is free!



This is set to be a fantastic and inspirational evening and we look forward to seeing you there.