Older Peoples’ Health

“Class in a Bag” on Tour to Larkhall Academy!

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Yesterday (30th. of Jan. 2018) some of our  3rd year nursing students visited Larkhall Academy in South Lanarkshire, raising awareness about Dementia with their S2 pupils using our ‘Class in a Bag’ resource which was winner of the Best Educational Initiative category at Scotland’s Dementia Awards in 2017

Thanks to Larkhall Academy for the twitter post below, and the great pictures

“Some of our S2 pupils had the opportunity to work with Nursing students from UWS looking at “Dementia through the eyes of a child”. Pupils enjoyed this workshop while learning about this important topic, a huge thanks to @UWS for this!

To find out more about the resource click the link ‘class in a bag’


Join Our Free “Tackling Inequalities” Course

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Our University has partnered with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) and the University of Dundee on a free online course called Tackling Inequalities Through Health and Social Care Design, which will launch on 18th February on FutureLearn. 

We have had nearly 15,000 health, and social care practitioners, third-sector professionals, managers, students and service users join in on our MOOCs so far. 

This course offers an enjoyable and enlightening continued professional development (CPD) opportunity for people working across all disciplines to learn about what health inequalities are, and how we can work together to reduce them. With 12 hours of learning over four weeks, the course gives learners the chance to learn about successful projects across Scotland and share insights from their own practice and the experience of others.  

The course is open for enrollment now:


Launch of ‘Kinections: Strengthening Community in Care Homes Within East Ayrshire

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A new project in East Ayrshire will be launched on Feb 6th, 2018 the University of the West of Scotland Ayr campus.

The project, ‘Kinections- strengthening community in care homes’ is being delivered thanks to £225,000 funding from The Life Changes Trust.

The project is a partnership between the My Home Life Scotland/ University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. My Home Life Scotland is part of a UK-wide and international movement committed to strengthening relationships between care homes and their local communities. This project will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across the East Ayrshire region and those who support them, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in an exploration of what matters to people living with dementia, and ways in which the wider community may participate in enabling people to live the best lives possible.  This funding will be used to build on this work and further develop the capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and the wider community. As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities, and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said,

“We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement, and significance.”

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Older People and Community Safety with East Ayrshire Council, said, 

“Dementia can really affect someone’s life in a number of ways and they can often end up isolated. Here in East Ayrshire, we are constantly striving to make sure no one is left feeling lonely and getting the community involved with our care homes is definitely having a positive impact on our residents with dementia. This funding from the Life Changes Trust is fantastic as it gives us the opportunity to further involve the community in our care homes and bridge the gap between all our residents here in East Ayrshire.”

For tickets to the event CLICK HERE. The Password if required is “community”

For more information on Life Change Trust funding for Dementia Friendly Communities, see the Trust website: http://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/projects/dementia-friendly-communities

9th. NES/SSSC Dementia Champions Cohort Coming to UWS

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The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS are delighted that the team have just secured funding to deliver the award winning Scotland’s National Dementia Champions programme to a 9th. Cohort.

The team, drawn from policy and practice experts from the University of the West of Scotland, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery , Alzheimer Scotland, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council travel across Scotland to prepare 100 Dementia Champions per cohort to become agents of change in promoting improvements to  dementia care across all areas of the NHS in Scotland and all areas regulated by the Scottish Social Services Council. If you want to know more about the programme visit THIS PAGE


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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CLICK HERE to watch our new video on the Future of Dementia Care

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Interested in Joining us in any of these programmes? if so just click the link below that interests you:

For BSc in Adult Nursing  Click this Link

For MSc in Adult Nursing  Click this Link

For BSc in Mental Health Nursing  Click this Link

For MSc in Mental Health Nursing  Click this Link

MSc in Gerontology and MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care  Click this Link



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