Older Peoples’ Health

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 


Come and Study With Us At @UniWestScotland @uwshealth

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Our new MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care has been Approved

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Our planned MSc Leading People-centred Integrated Care programme was approved on Monday 30th  of October and is now accepting applications for its planned commencement date in January 2018.

The validation event itself was a very successful event where the programme team were recognised for many aspects of good practice and particularly the collaborative approach taken throughout the process of developing this new programme.

Karen Wilson, the Dean of our School of Health Nursing and Midwifery, has especially thanked Helen Rainey, the new programme leader and the programme drafting team, and Professor Anne Hendry, Clinical Lead for Integrated Care for their hard work and participation in making today such a success.

If you are interested in finding out more about this new programme please contact Helen Rainey, email address – helen.rainey@uws.ac.uk or telephone 0141 849 4323



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.

Towards Internationalising Dementia Education

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Professor Debbie Tolson and some of her colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice have just returned from the University of Alicante where they co-led an event titled ‘Towards an International Dementia Practice Education Forum”.

There were presentations from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Spain and Belgium and later group discussions with all the attending delegates on setting the priorities of such a forum.  The event also enabled colleagues from across Europe to come together to discuss collaborative research applications and opportunities.

The event also enabled colleagues from across Europe to come together to discuss collaborative research applications and other opportunities to work together in promoting dementia education.

MSc Gerontology Student Wins the Sue Pembrey Award for 2017

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Congratulations from everyone at the School to Barbara Lawson, who is a home manager at Kincaid House Care Home, Greenock, a home for people living with dementia. Barbara who is in the dissertation year of her MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies at UWS has been jointly awarded the prestigious Sue Pembrey Award for 2017. The Sue Pembrey Award which is awarded by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS)  is presented to an exemplary nurse/midwife leader (such as, a Ward Manager/ Sister/ Charge Nurse / Midwife Team Leader, Community Team Leader, Care Home Manager) who leads care delivery. They have to be an excellent role model, leading and demonstrating a commitment to enabling care (wherever it takes place) that is person-centred, high quality and safe and delivered by a team who feel supported and valued.  

Barbara who was nominated for the award by staff within the School was praised by the judges for being both a compassionate and expert advocate for older people with dementia and their families. She also demonstrated this through systematic approaches, innovation and commitment to establishing a caring culture which has enabled both staff and residents to flourish. Barbara’s nomination said that

Barbara is someone who moves nursing into the light for others and makes her mark in an unassuming but powerful way. She works in in the care home sector, an area often seen by some as perhaps requiring fewer skills and certainly this area is still less visible in nursing, yet when I speak to her and hear what others say about her, she epitomizes my idea of a nurse leader.’

In discussion with the judges, Barbara talked about the importance of self-awareness and how this had aided her throughout her own journey towards becoming an effective leader.

Barbara will be presented with her award at a ceremony being held in York on the 8th of December 2017.

Barbara shares this year’s award with Freedom Nwokedi who is a clinical team leader with NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC. Her team offers mental health provision for older adults in Lincolnshire.

Professor Tolson Speaking at the Global Summit on Alzheimer’s Disease

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Professor Debbie Tolson who leads the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at our Hamilton Campus is a plenary speaker at the Global Summit on Alzheimer’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Disorders at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon on Monday 21 September.

Four Iberian institutions (Champalimaud Foundation, Queen Sofia Foundation, CIEN Foundation and CIBERBED) have collaborated to organise this major conference on World Alzheimer’s Day (21st September) under the Presidency of H.M Queen Sofia of Spain and Leonor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Foundation.

The plenary talk will highlight UWS-led advanced dementia research and the innovative Palliare interdisciplinary education framework which was developed as part of the School’s contribution to this recently completed European Project.

Professor Tolson said: “It is an honour to be invited to speak at the Global Summit and an endorsement of our UWS international reputation for excellence in applied dementia research and dementia education. This is an exceptional opportunity to showcase our team’s leading work and to network with leaders in dementia healthcare, social care and biomedical sciences.”