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Our staff play major role in 10 years of world’s first national patient safety programme

Ten years after setting up the world’s first national programme to drive up patient safety, patients across Scotland are reaping the benefits of improvements driven by our staff.

The board’s staff have been the driving force behind many healthcare innovation projects as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP). In the years since, board staff have been single-minded in their determination to drive up standards in patient safety.

As a result, the last decade has seen a marked culture change in how health and social care staff across Scotland work.

Prior to SPSP, global evidence suggested nearly 1 in 10 patients admitted to a hospital would be unintentionally harmed with more than 40% of the incidents could have been avoided. However, significant changes in the way staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) and hospitals across the Clyde sector worked have had far reaching benefits for patients across Scotland.

NHSGGC welcomes New Year’s honours for staff and former chairman

A Glasgow Royal Infirmary doctor who has raised more than a million pounds for renal research in his late wife’s name has been recognised in the New Years Honours list.

Rheumatology consultant Rajan Madhok, who is based at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary hospital, is a trustee for the Darlinda Charity for Renal Research which was founded by his late wife, astrologer Darlinda. He has been awarded an OBE. Darlinda was an astrologer for several newspapers including the Sunday Mail, and died at the age of 55 from kidney failure. In the last twenty years Dr Madhok has raised more than £1.2m for the charity.

Dr Madhok is one of three NHSGGC staff to be recognised by the Queen this year. Others to receive OBEs are Professor Jeremy Bagg, head of the Glasgow Dental School and Professor Sally-Ann Cooper, honorary consultant psychiatrist in the health board.

The Board’s former chairman Andrew Robertson was also awarded a CBE. Mr Robertson was chairman before retiring in 2015 after more than 20 consecutive years of service to the NHS in the Greater Glasgow area.


Royal Hospital for Children first in UK to make precious first time experiences possible

Pioneering work at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) is helping parents and children on life support machines share special family milestones for the very first time.

Parents are now being given the opportunity to enjoy precious first time experiences with their seriously ill children as a result of groundbreaking work at the RHC – the only work of its kind in the UK.

The hospitals’ Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is leading the way in the UK by being the only one working with its patients – many of them on ventilators - and their families to embrace early movement. This has led to families being able to share a number of key milestones. Parents have been able to spend time with their child outside for the first time or get their very first family photo where the child isn’t confined to bed.

The Move on Ventilation Early (MoVE) programme was a year in the planning with the aim of tackling Intensive Care Unit (ICU) acquired weakness that can quickly affect seriously ill patients confined to a hospital bed.