New jobs in the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC)

The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) – of which SDHI is one of many collaborators – is seeking to fill several work-stream posts in the area of maternal and child health and older people. The job adverts are now live and have been posted on the Dundee university website. The posts include

· SNHS0001 – Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health
· SNHS0002 – Research Fellow, Improvement in older people’s health and well-being
· SNHS0003 – Senior Research Fellow, Improvement in maternal and child health
· SNHS0004 – Senior Research Fellow, Improvement in older people’s health and well-being

Ideally these posts will attract health practitioners (with active professional registration) who will have the leadership and credibility to drive forward improvement initiatives and projects across Scotland. SISCC is looking for professionals with a strong background in leadership in a relevant health profession, with knowledge and expertise in both practice, research and/or education and the ability to lead the implementation of evidence-based change. As well as advertising these to the academic community, the posts are being offered as secondment opportunities from health and social care.

Final Report – The situation of people who are at risk of homelessness in the city of Dundee

Research has taken place across various church based initiatives in Dundee known as the Dundee Drop In Network and this report reveals the situation of people who are at risk of homelessness in the city of Dundee. These initiatives provide crisis support for people who need access to food, a place to meet and access to information and advice. Over recent times the demands on such services has increased due to the welfare cuts and the impact of benefit sanctions.

Developed as a partnership between Dundee Drop In Network, Faith in Community Dundee and the University of Dundee, active collaboration between volunteers from the drop in services and students from the University resulted in the completion of the research data.

The final report can be viewed here

Photographic Exhibition – New Routes of Discovery

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This pilot-project used photography as a tool to increase self-awareness and self-esteem among people from stigmatised and marginalised backgrounds. The focus was a self-reporting approach where the participants had the opportunity to portray and reflect on their reality as a means to achieve a better understanding of their life challenges and the ways to overcome them.

To find out more about this project please visit the website at http://www.newroutesofdiscovery.uk/

Forests as places of mental well-being for people with dementia

The Forestry Commission Scotland has recently published this 12-page Research Note based on a PhD research study currently being carried out by Mandy Cook, Forest Ranger and PhD student at the University of Dundee. Mandy is co-supervised by SDHI members Ed Hall and Thilo Kroll and is currently evaluating the benefits of a Woodland Activity Programme that has been designed and organised collaboratively between the Forestry Commission Scotland, University of Dundee and Alzheimer Scotland.

FCRN019To read Mandy’s findings please click here

Woodland Activity Programme or People with Early-Stage Dementia

Mandy Cook, Forest Ranger and PhD student in Dundee who is co-supervised by SDHI team members Ed Hall and Thilo Kroll is currently evaluating the benefits of a Woodland Activity Programme that has been designed and organised collaboratively between the Forestry Commission Scotland, the University of Dundee and Alzheimer Scotland.

Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting families and friends of people with early-stage dementia to get signed up to an innovative, exciting and fun programme of woodland activities.

The programme includes many different woodland based activities, such as woodland walks, scavenger hunts, bulb and tree planting, bushcraft activities, environmental art and learning about tree and bird identification.

Two programmes are being run, one in South Lanarkshire and the other in Falkirk.

Julie Hamilton, Social Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, said:

“The Woodland activity programme includes lots of fun activities to help people with early-stage dementia

“All equipment will be provided, including waterproofs and participants will also be given a pair of welly boots that they can keep at the end of the programme to encourage them to continue taking to the outdoors to enjoy nature.

“A member of the family, friend or carer is also welcome to take part in the activities with participants.”

The ten week programme will include a small group of up to 12 participants. The dates, time and South Lanarkshire venue will be confirmed in due course. The Falkirk programme is in Callendar Wood starting on Thursday 28 August from 11am to 2pm.

For more information on the South Lanarkshire programme, please contact the South Lanarkshire Ranger Service: 01355 276 784 / abi.boyd@southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk

For the Falkirk programme contact Gordon Harper, Forestry Commission Scotland ranger 07798 668 125 or scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk ”

(Source: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/WebNewsReleases/42AD4BC0F6C4970E80257D3C004471AF)

Mandy’s work and preliminary findings have recently been highlighted in a research brief soon to be issued by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

Successful project dissemination event on domestic abuse, disability and maternity care access

The interdisciplinary research team, consisting of SDHI researchers and colleagues from the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh as well as the NHS Fife met with funders (Wellbeing of Women), representatives of NGOs, health professionals and service users to discuss findings from a recent project involving literature reviews, individual interviews and focus groups. The study highlighted the need to address knowledge and psychosocial barriers to providing equitable maternity care services to disabled women who experience emotional, physical, sexual or financial forms of domestic abuse. A video of the presentations is now available here.

 

Arts and Health Reviews Published

SDHI team members, including Jacqui Morris, Madalina Toma, Chris Kelly and Thilo Kroll recently contributed to a review project with a focus on ‘Arts and Health/Wellbeing’. The programme of work was led by Prof Divya Jindal-Snape, University of Dundee and was funded by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) . Chris Harkins. Senior Public Health Research Specialist at GCPH discusses the project in a blog post that links the three review packages. The specific review publications can be found here.