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2010: Chairman’s Awards

Our first ever Chairman’s Awards have been created to recognise the best staff ideas in NHSGGC.

They are open all year round for nominations from staff, patients and visitors. We want to hear about dedicated teams and individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to provide exceptional care for people who use our health services.

We are not just looking to celebrate the tremendous efforts of our staff, we are also looking for services that staff has moulded to patients’ needs or projects that have transformed the way we work.

Scott Smart (pictured) is our first every winner of the Chairman’s Awards. He is a senior occupational therapist with the Mental Health Partnership. He scooped the award for “The Tackling Recovery Project”. This is a mental health project using football as therapy, bringing together 10 men aged 18 to 35 with mental health issues to complete a 12-week football coaching programme.

The award was presented at NHSGGC’s Annual Review by Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing,

Scott put together the initial concept and research with the work then being taken forward by a Multi Disciplinary Group leading to the launch of the 'Tackling Recovery' pilot football initiative in partnership with Queen's Park Football Club and the Scottish Football Association.

The scheme ran earlier this year when players from around the world were competing for World Cup glory, and while Scotland failed to qualify, a home-based squad were achieving their own personal goals.

The project was aimed at people suffering from mental health issues and the 12-week football coaching project, based at Lesser Hampden Park, used the sport as therapy for the client group.

Ten of the sessions, each lasting 90 minutes, not only developed playing skills, but also looked at the therapeutic benefits of involvement in football.

Referrals for the project came from any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the support and care of the service user.

The scheme targeted male patients between the ages of 18-35 who were involved in community mental health teams, specialist services or who are inpatients.

Scott collecting his award from Nicola Sturgeon.