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Top awards for estates staff

AN innovative career framework for estates staff has scooped two prestigious awards.

It was a double success story for the NHSGGC Estates Education Pathway Programme which lifted both the Innovations prize and the overall Paul Taylor Rosebowl Award at the annual Health Facilities Scotland (HFS) Facilities and Environmental conference.

Alan Gallagher, sector estates Clyde, accepted both trophies on behalf of NHSGGC’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 mapped the qualification framework required to progress from a maintenance assistant to director of facilities for estates staff. This is the first time that an education pathway has been mapped out for this group of staff and was developed to support both career progression and succession planning for the Board. The work has been supported by the development of maintenance apprenticeships and recognition of prior learning pilots within NHSGGC. Now 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.”

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.