@uwshls & @NHSaaa Carers Academy Win Innovation in Education Award From @MHNForumScot

At the National Awards of the Mental Health Nursing Forum held on the 14th of November at the Beardmore Conference Centre at the Glasgow’s Golden Jubilee Hospital

The Carers Academy initiative was successful in winning the category of Innovations in Education. This is a partnership initiative between UWS and NHS Ayrshire & Arran that offers education to carers of people experiencing dementia. Led by Susan Holland, the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant for Ayrshire and Arran & Alison Toner one of our lecturers in Mental Health Nursing based at our Ayr campus, the Carers Academy offers education about dementia, experiential learning n our simulation environments and an opportunity for sharing experience and peer support. The wider team which includes, Dr. Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, Rachel McLeod Dementia Trainer, Andrea Fitzpatrick Project Nurse and Shanan Swan one of the Carers were delighted that the work of the Carers Academy has again been nationally recognised.

Other UWS related successes were achieved. One of our recent graduates from the BSc Mental Health Nursing programme Laura Harding from Ayr Campus Highly Commended in the Student Nurse of the Year category. Laura was nominated by the mentors at her base placement at the Community Forensic Team NHS Ayrshire & Arran. One of our postgraduate students Julie Ann Clark was also involved in another Highly Commended project from NHS Lanarkshire which was led by Maureen Cossar, the
Practice Improvement & Development Nurse for Mental Health and Learning Disability which involves the development a Dementia post diagnostic online resource. See