Scottish university launches healthcare policy institute

New body aims to strengthen interdisciplinary research 

A new Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice has been opened at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), aiming to be a centre of excellence for applied research.

The institute was opened by Scottish government nursing adviser (mental health division) Hugh Masters, and is the research hub for UWS's health, nursing and midwifery school.

It has three main research areas – the deteriorating patient; dementia and later life; and maternal, child and family health – and will develop close links with health boards, local authorities, and third sector and independent care providers.  

Nurse Debbie Tolson, the institute's interim director, said: ‘We will continue to work closely with these partners to advance our interdisciplinary research agenda. The focus is on strengthening the evidence base for policy and practice to optimise the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.’

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