Scottish Care & UWS sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Professor Ehsan Mesbahi, UWS Vice Principal (Academic) and Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO

Scottish Care and the University of the West of Scotland

Scottish Care is delighted to announce that we have agreed the terms of a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The Agreement was signed on 10th September with representatives from both organisations expressing their hope that the Partnership would serve to benefit both Scottish Care members and the University which serves a wide area of central and western Scotland.

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.”

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