Older Peoples’ Health
Margaret 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:
Within the School the NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions teaching team have been working towards setting up a Masters Programme that will extend the work they do by creating a new pathway through our MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Programme.
Last month saw the approval of this new pathway which has also involved an alteration to the name of the original MSc Programme. So the School now hosts:
An MSc in Gerontology and the new pathway the MSc in Gerontology (with Dementia Care). Details of both courses can be found at:
or contact the programme leader directly at email@example.com
Our school offers a variety of innovative programmes with hands-on experience working in state-of-the-art virtual ward situations to help you achieve your ambitions. Our graduates and staff are making an immense contribution to improving the health of the nation and are also making their mark across the world to improve health and well-being internationally.
Our MSc in Global Primary Care Management is focussed on improving population health status by integrating elements of traditional ‘health’ and business thinking. It aims to encourage creativity and innovation, to develop wider systems thinking and to generate sustainable and measurable changes in primary care systems and/or services in target populations. The programme benefits greatly from the unique blending of expertise in two Schools (Health & Business) in creating a new type of graduate. You can click here for more details and to apply!
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.
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.
…And someone ‘new’ (…well by comparison new….)… Our new Honorary Professor Anne Hendry.
Overall, a very worthwhile event.
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.
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