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Scottish Health Awards 2012 winners

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s top health professionals and teams have taken home a national accolade at the Scottish Health Awards 2012 for their invaluable contribution to Scottish healthcare.

Staff nurses Carol Donoghue and Anna Copolla along with Linda McNee, Practice Development Nurse in the Adult Inpatient and Acute Admissions Mental Health Unit at Leverndale Hospital were amongst the winners who accepted the Care for Mental Health Award at the prestigious award ceremony in Edinburgh last night (8 November).

Working on a busy unit for adults with mental health problems, the three nurses won the accolade for their hard work developing new, innovative measures to improve the quality of care for those with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Prompted by the difficulties faced by management working with patients with the disorder, and the presence of patient distress hindering recovery, the nurses decided to take immediate action. Linda, Anna and Carol undertook extensive research on individual patients and with a positive non-judgemental approach led their team to improve the quality of care for patients. This method in turn resulted in significant improvements between patient and staff relations.

The work carried out has led to a novel way of operating in close partnership with community based organisations creating a multidisciplinary approach to working with patients with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Linda, Anna and Carol have provided fellow nurses with the ambition to provide exceptional and compassionate care for patients, allowing staff to continuously display high standard as they develop, educate and support others working in such complex areas of mental health nursing.

Another winner on the night included Irene Fyfe who won the Volunteer Award for her work with Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’s "Hear to Help" project. The scheme offers frontline hearing aid maintenance and support and Irene’s professional, reliable and understanding approach ensures that hearing aid users get the most from their hearing aids and enjoy a better quality of life.

Irene, a double hearing aid user for over 40 years, runs a weekly drop in service at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where people can have their hearing aids checked and get advice and support. Irene also regularly visits nursing homes, sheltered housing complexes and carries out home visits to people who are housebound.

Irene’s volunteering has meant that hundreds of people with hearing loss have a better quality of life thanks to better communication and has helped them to understand that they are not alone.

The final winner from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service at New South Glasgow Hospitalfor the Services to Women & Children Award. The team of doctors and scientists use cutting-edge genetic technology to establish early diagnosis of childhood epilepsy and deliver specialised treatments for referrals from all over the world. Through early genetic testing the team aim to correctly diagnose individuals soon after presentation to offer the best treatment for genetic epilepsy, improving seizure control and ensuring families have the appropriate genetic New South Glasgow Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and [email protected]

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman Andrew Robertson said: "All the staff in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde do a fantastic job delivering services to our patients. We are incredibly proud of all of them and the work they do.

"It is gratifying that the Scottish Health Awards has recognised some of our staff for the outstanding care and commitment they provide every day. Congratulations to all our nominees and to our winners!"

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil said: "Our ambition is to deliver the highest quality of healthcare to the people of Scotland, and these awards give us the opportunity to recognise those individuals and teams who are making an outstanding contribution to that ambition. All those nominated have gone that extra mile to deliver consistent, reliable and responsive healthcare for everyone.

"Over 250 nominations were received across the 16 award categories. Many of these were from patients and the public, and all nominations showcased excellent examples how individuals, teams and local NHS systems are working together with patients, families and carers.

"I would like to congratulate the winners and the runners up for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the quality of care delivered by our NHS which I believe is amongst the best in the world."

The Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the commitment and hard work of those who work in and with NHSScotland to provide an outstanding level of care to the public.

Please note:  All nominees must work for NHSScotland, with the exception of the Integrated Care for Older People, Healthier Lifestyle, Volunteer and Health Promoting Business Awards where nominations were open to everyone.

The Scottish Health Awards 2012 is managed by the Scottish Government and the Daily Record, and is supported by Pfizer, NHSScotland and UNISON Scotland.

For further information, please contact Nicola Armstrong/ Ashleigh McLucas at Consolidated on 0131 240 6420 or email [email protected]