Older Peoples’ Health

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.

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

Jack @SECC


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

Ann and Team SECC

Overall, a very worthwhile event.


British Transplant Games 2017; Can You Help?

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Transp[lant Games 2017

UWS is a sponsor of the British Transplant Games – everybody who participates has had a transplant and the Games are both a celebration of life (donor families are also invited to attend) and a vehicle to raise awareness of the Organ Donor Register. Information about the Register can be found here

The 2017 Games will be held in North Lanarkshire 27th July – 30th July and we would love as many of our staff and students to volunteer as is possible. Students, in particular, benefit from volunteering because it develops their employability skills, enhances their CV’s and demonstrates passion and effort, devoted to a particular cause, all of which are of interest to employers.

So far, over 100 students have signed-up.

If you’d be interested in hearing more about this, please leave your contact details on this link and you’ll be contacted about a short training session being held in Paisley on 22ndMay, from 12-2pm and at Hamilton on 25th May, from 10am – 12pm.

The team involved with the Games, at North Lanarkshire Council, have been working very hard on this and UWS hopes that the involvement of our staff and students will contribute to the overall success of this worthwhile event.  If you would like to know more about activities and events in the run-up to the games, all information is here.


It’s International Nurses Day #IND2017

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International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year and we think we should too!

So first of all,  a message from Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen on the launch of the NMC’ s enabling Professionalism document that you can download from here. 


This second video is a little bit of inspiration. This talk is by Carolyn Jones who spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of the unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front line of health care. #nurseheroes

Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design: NewMOOC!

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In collaboration with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre and the University of Dundee, UWS has been involved in the development of a MOOC called Tackling Inequalities through Health and Social Care Design. The MOOC will launch on the 29th of May 2017.

the MOOC is a free online course for anyone interested in finding out what health inequalities are, and how practitioners, managers, policymakers and the public can work together to help reduce them. The course offers 12 hours of learning over 4 weeks – register now! 

This enjoyable and informative professional development opportunity will enable learners to develop their knowledge of inequalities, learning from initiatives here in Scotland and overseas that are working to reduce them. It looks at different approaches to improving health and social outcomes across Scotland for a wide range of groups including vulnerable pregnant women, children, young offenders and GP patients in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

The course covers topics including:

  • The social determinants of health
  • Hidden health inequalities
  • Technology & access to care
  • Planning and designing an improvement project
  • Ethnic, cultural and gender differences in health outcomes
  • Nutrition & diet in early years
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to improvement
  • Criminal justice and health outcomes
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Designing services for vulnerable groups
  • Addressing patient well-being via co-located services

Join learners from around the world to explore this critical topic. If you have questions about the course, you can connect with the course organisers on Facebook and Twitter.

Dementia Awareness Week #oneweething

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Please come along to our Drop-in Event at the Mezzanine Area of the Brough Building, Paisley Campus, 1-3pm, 31st May, 2017.
If you can’t be with us on the day please join us on twitter @ASCPP #oneweething where we are celebrating all the lovely things and small changes that our Dementia Champions and others do to improve the lives of people with dementia, their family and friends.

Tea at 3 for Ayrshire Hospice

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Throughout June the University and our partners the Ayrshire Hospice will be encouraging everyone to take part in Tea at 3.  It’s fun and easy to get involved in and we would love to have your support!

Why not host – A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party; a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, ask colleagues for a donation at their tea break; a Tea Dance at your local club; a garden party; a G&’T’ party even!

You could also get into the spirit by holding a Royal Ascot Party on Saturday 24th June and it’s also the Queen’s Birthday parade on Saturday 17th June – what better way to celebrate than by holding an afternoon tea event in aid of the hospice?

It’s also Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June – why not hold a family event and spoil your dad!

For more information go to Tea at 3 or please contact Lyn. Tel: 01292 288488 Email: community@ayrshirehospice.org


NHS/SSSC Dementia Champions Cohort 8 Start Out

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Welcome to the School to over a 120 new people joining the 8th. Cohort of the NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council Dementia Champions Programme. The programme forms an important part of current initiatives to support improvements in the care and treatment of people with dementia across Scotland. The champions act as change agents improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers in whatever Healthcare or community setting that they meet them in.

Again the programme is being delivered on behalf of NES/SSSC by our School in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland. You can read more about the programme and its success here 


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