Scotland’s largest health board has received national recognition for implementing a new learning and career progression for its estates staff.
The new innovative career framework - NHSGGC Estates Education Pathway Programme - has scooped two prestigious awards, the Innovations prize and the overall Paul Taylor Rosebowl Award at the annual Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) Facilities and Environmental conference.
Alan Gallacher, sector estates manger for Clyde, accepted both trophies on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Estates Development Working Group (EDWG) from Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
Alan and his team drew up a career pathway which set out the qualification framework required for staff to progress from a maintenance assistant to director of facilities for estates staff.
This is the first time that an education pathway has been developed in this way for this group of staff. It was developed to support staff’s career progression and also helps NHSGGC identify future requirements for the service.
Mary Anne Kane, interim director of facilities, said: “I would like to congratulate Alan and his team for this excellent and innovative piece of work which has been picked up for development by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and will be used as a template across NHS Scotland for all disciplines of facilities staff.”
NHSGGC’s estates staff can achieve recognisable SVQ qualifications - which are based on a number of core skills which progress through all levels, recognise prior learning and are compatible with other qualification frameworks such as City and Guilds.
Announcing the pathway programme as the overall winner, the judges commented, “This award winner has demonstrated a dedication to succeed and grow tomorrow’s experts from within.”
photo: Alan (left) receiving the Paul Taylor Rosebowl from Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
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