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Healthcare Heroes from Glasgow and Clyde Win Scottish Health Awards

November 12, 2007 10:46 AM

Six healthcare professionals from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde picked up a high profile honour at the Scottish Health Awards on Thursday night.
Amongst the winners is Alison Smith, a clinical liaison officer at Gartnavel General Hospital, who collected the Cancer Care Team Award for her dedication to helping cancer patients and their families understand and cope with illness.  Alison received the award after five grateful families nominated her and for her kindness, compassion and professionalism.  The Cancer Care Team at Garnavel Hospital provides invaluable comfort and understanding and assists families in dealing with life threatening illness.  Alison and the team have been awarded the Cancer Care Team Award in recognition of the dedication and high standard of care given to cancer sufferers and their families.
A physiotherapist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary also collected an accolade for going the ‘extra mile’ to help patients recover from surgery and cope with everyday tasks.  Mhairi Brandon has been awarded the Therapists’ Award at the Scottish Health Awards after a patient nominated her for the continuous care, support and treatment provided for inflammatory poly arthritis.  The patient was 23 years old when she was diagnosed with the condition and was determined that this would not interfere with her teacher career.  She describes how Mhairi has proved to be an invaluable support and even arranged to give acupuncture sessions at 7:30am before work.  Mhairi and her team continuously monitor the patient’s arthritis and have also helped with her tendonitis by providing splints, injections and physiotherapy.  The patient describes the care given to her by Mhairi and her team as ‘the best in the world.’
Joe Kane, a support worker at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley joined the Cancer Care Team from Garnavel Hospital and Mhairi Brandon at the award ceremony in Edinburgh last night.  Joe received the Older People Care Award after colleagues nominated him to acknowledge his sensitive and caring approach to helping elderly patients in his care.  Joe Kane is an Occupational Therapist Technical Instructor at the hospital where he helps to care for elderly patients with dementia or specialist psychiatric needs.  He organises imaginative and creative actives to help patients enjoy themselves and interact with each other.  Joe co-ordinates a concert programme involving a variety of wards and organises multi-sensory groups called Allsorts for patients who are severely impaired.   
The nursing team on ward 4 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary also picked up an award at the Scottish Health Awards after a thankful patient nominated the team for their expert care and advice, which has helped her to cope with diabetes and mental health problems.  The patient suffers from manic depression and diabetes and the quick actions of staff have saved her life during a bad diabetic fit.  She says that the team are always on hand to provide advice, encouragement and a hug when needed.  The patient describes nurses as ‘the best team in the world,’ who create a caring and warm atmosphere for patients.   In recognition of their hard work, dedication and kindness the nursing team have been rewarded with the Top Team Award.
This year the NHS Healthy Lifestyle Award was collected by June Waugh and The Pharmacy Starting Fresh Team, Pharmacy Public Health in Glasgow for the important public services provided to local communities by the initiative.  June has been developing and organising the pharmacy smoking cessation service, Starting Fresh, since 2003 and has expanded this to become the largest of its kind in the UK as over 53,000 Glaswegians have now used the service.  Starting Fresh provides customers at pharmacies with a ‘one stop shop’ offering trained support combined with nicotine replacement therapy.  June and her team collected the NHS Health Lifestyle Award to celebrate the dedicated service that they offer to people in Glasgow and Clyde.
  
Our Chairman, Sir John Arbuthnott, said:  
"We are incredibly proud of all the staff within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and particularly so of those who have been successful in the Scottish Health Awards. 
“It’s a great testament to the work they do day in and day out, saving and enhancing lives.
“Congratulations to them all!”.
Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“People working in the NHS make a difference every day, and they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.  The Daily Record Scottish Health Awards is a chance for the whole of the NHS and patients to celebrate the hard work and dedication of some special members of staff.   
"A range of awards are given - to people who volunteer their time, to those who help keep hospitals clean, to the specialist clinical staff.  All of these roles are equally important in delivering high quality health care for patients in Scotland.”
The aim of the Scottish Health Awards is to recognise and reward Scotland’s most committed and caring NHS workers who are prepared to go the extra mile.  People who might be in jobs that normally don’t have a high profile and who generally should be recognised for their commitment to the NHS and their loyalty and devotion to their patients.
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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS –
 
The categories are outlined below.
People categories:
Doctors Award – both doctors and nurses in practices or hospitals across Scotland
Nurses Award – nursing teams in general care, community care or specialist care
Therapists Award – range of therapists from physiotherapy to dental hygiene
Unsung Hero Award – getting on with their work but bringing much more to their job
Support Workers Award – ranging from auxiliaries, cleaners, porters – there’s so many
Volunteers Award – unpaid assistance that makes healthcare experience so much better
Service categories:
Top Team Award – Scotland’s top NHS team can come from any service in the country
Older People Care Award – making life easier and more comfortable for older people
Mental Health Team Award – working with vulnerable members of our communities
Cancer Care Team Award – specialist cancer care teams who are always on hand
Heart Disease Team Award – working to tackle heart disease across Scotland
Women & Children’s Services Award - providing specialist care for a wide-range of services
NHS Healthy Lifestyle Award – working to promote a healthy lifestyle in Scotland
Community Care Award – recognising work in a community setting to improve individuals’ lives
NHS Top Manager Award – rewarding managers who ensure that the quality of care and services offered are the best they can be. 
Improvement and Innovation Award – pioneers of new ways of working, new technology, improvements and innovations that make a difference to patient care.
The Scottish Health Awards 2007 took place in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th November 2007, at a gala dinner award ceremony held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. 
 
The Scottish Health Awards 2007 is a project run jointly by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record. The event is supported by GE Heathcare and Pfizer.
 

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