UWS is delighted to announce that we now have a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Scottish Care. The Agreement was signed on 10th September with representatives from both organisations expressing their hope that the Partnership would serve to benefit both the University and Scottish Care.
Scottish Care is a membership organisation and the representative body for the independent social care services in Scotland. It represents over 400 organisations, which totals almost 900 individual services, delivering residential care, nursing care, day care, care at home and housing support services. The organisations involved cover both private and voluntary sector provider organisations of varying types and sizes, amongst them single providers, small and medium-sized groups, national providers and not-for-profit voluntary organisations and associations.
They deliver a wide range of registered services for older people and those with long-term conditions, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.
The initial stage of the Partnership Agreement will see both organisations working together on specific projects relating to:
- Work into person-led and self-directed care
- Workforce development and wellbeing
- Research into complex needs, including frailty, palliative & end of life care
Initial activity for the first year includes a particular focus on ensuring that nursing in the social care sector is given a particular priority and focus through the development of innovative learning and placement opportunities as well as a particular focus on re-envisioning social care qualifications.
Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO said:
“I am delighted that we have formed this Partnership. I hope that over the coming months and years both organisations can combine our individual skills and expertise to ensure that there is very real benefit for those who work in social care across Scotland, and that together we can work towards improving the care and support of all our citizens.”
Julie Edgar, Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences at UWS, said:
“The University offers a range of academic programmes in health and social care, from foundation courses to doctorates requiring hands-on and practical learning. Real-life experience is not only beneficial for our students entering careers in healthcare, but also for our researchers, to support and help shape solutions for the challenges facing the sector and wider society. Our partnership with Scottish Care will not only provide an opportunity for students to put what they’re learning into practice, but also for researchers to work closely with the independent healthcare industry to inform best practice and policy.”