NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff are celebrating a very successful week, picking up a trio of awards in different areas.
First came the news that two NHSGGC staff were the Scottish winners in the ‘Our Health Heroes’ awards which were created by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health in partnership with UNISON.
Stacy Wilson, a healthcare support worker at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and Paul Deans, a porter supervisor at Glasgow Dental Hospital have been chosen as national finalists for Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Worker of the Year. They will now both go through to the UK finals.
Paul, who has worked at the Dental Hospital for the past 33 years, was nominated for his caring and compassionate nature. His friendly attitude puts patients at ease in often stressful circumstances, and he is a role model to his team.
Stacey has dedicated the last 18 years to her work at the RAH and despite her own disabilities, works hard to support her colleagues and has high standards when it comes to care.
The awards celebrate the exceptional contribution made by healthcare staff including hospital porters, emergency care assistants and admin officers who are crucial in the delivery of patient care yet rarely get praised for the work they do. Healthcare teams across the UK were asked to nominate colleagues for one of two awards – Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Worker of the Year. The names of those shortlisted as regional winners will now go forward to a public vote to choose an overall national winner in each category.
People can vote for Stacy and Paul to win the overall awards for Clinical Support Worker of the Year and Operational Services Worker of the Year via: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ohh-vote until 14 November 2016.
Also in the limelight this week was the new £15m Eastwood Health and Care Centre, which has been praised in the Health Facilities Scotland Awards.
The state-of-the-art facility scooped the Design Excellence Awards, as well as the overall Paul Taylor award.
The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre started seeing patients in July, was recently officially opened by the Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell.
The centre, on Drumby Crescent, Clarkston, offers the Eastwood community access to a wide range of health and social care services under one roof for the first time.
The project was delivered by East Renfrewshire HSCP, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and East Renfrewshire Council in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust. The total cost for the building was £14.9m with £9.2m provided by NHSGGC and £5.7m provided by East Renfrewshire Council.
David Loudon, NHSGGC Director of Property, Procurement and Facilities Management
said: “Our Board and the NHS in general couldn’t function without people like Paul and Stacey, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our buildings operating and patients safe.
“I am immensely proud of their achievements and hope people take the opportunity to vote for them in the national finals.
“Our new Health and Care Centre at Eastwood goes to prove that NHS buildings can be both beautiful and functional and these awards are well deserved. It has been very well received by the people of Eastwood and I am sure will be a real asset to our local community for many years to come.”