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See below all the Awards & Achievements stories.

A Glasgow midwife selected to be one of the first Queen’s Nurses in almost 50 years

A community midwife in Glasgow has been selected to be part of the first group of Queen’s Nurses in 48 years. Hilary Alba, a community midwife manager with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team, will now take part in the professional development programme run by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).

Once they have completed the development programme, the modern Queen’s Nurses will work to promote health improvement and delivery of services in the local community. The SNIPS team manages women with the most complex social needs.

Hilary’s role is focused on providing community midwifery service to women who are asylum seekers, have experienced people trafficking or female genital mutilation.

Hilary started her career as a midwife at the Princess Royal Maternity, but since last March has been combining a managerial role with community midwifery in addition to lecturing at the University of the West of Scotland.

Hilary said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be chosen as a Queen’s Nurse.

The title hasn’t been awarded in almost 50 years but is always associated with excellence in the medical profession and will give our service added kudos. “The course will be very intensive, but we will be mentored and I’m confident that I’ll learn a great deal that I can also share with my team.

It will be a real benefit meeting the other nurses selected and I’m certain we’ll be able to share ideas which I can then bring to my role with the SNIPS team. “I moved into a community role as I want to use my skills to care for vulnerable women.

Areas of Glasgow still experience high deprivation and we have welcomed asylum seekers into the city, so the new skills I pick up on the development programme will be invaluable.

“The learning will filter down through the team which will improve our service even further. Treating more people in the community is the way forward for health services and we will be at the very forefront of this.

” Dr Margaret McGuire, nursing director, said: “I’m delighted Hilary has been chosen to take part in the programme to become a Queen’s Nurse.

Once she has completed the programme Hilary will help support new ways of promoting health improvement and further improving standards of care in the community.” “Hilary has demonstrated her impact as an experienced practitioner.

Now she has a wonderful opportunity to further enhance her professional skills and further highlight the invaluable work of the SNIPS team.”

“With health policy rapidly shifting the balance of care towards care at home, it is an opportune time to highlight the important contribution of community nurses,” says Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, Fiona McQueen.

“The return of Queen’s Nurse title is a very welcome mark of professional excellence.

” QNIS was established by Queen Victoria in 1889 in honour of her Golden Jubilee. Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to nurses who completed training that equipped them to work in the community.

They provided healthcare and health promotion to people in their own homes, and were well respected in the communities in which they practised.

The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities, culminating in an Awards Ceremony in December. QNIS originally trained nurses for community district work, with the last award made in January 1969.

Since then, QNIS has become a charity, promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary recovery programme scoops prestigious award

A programme designed to help the recovery of Intensive Care patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary was honoured at the prestigious BMJ Awards in London last night (Thursday, 05 May). 

The InSPIRE team won the Innovation into Practice Team of the Year category at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster. 

Glasgow’s finalists faced competition for the award from Imperial College London/Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust; the University of Bristol; and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

InSPIRE, a joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow, is a five week rehabilitation and support initiative for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients and their families.

 Dr Tara Quasim, ICU Consultant, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, said: “Intensive Care patients can have persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of the intensive care stay which can impact all aspects of their life. 

“Winning this award is welcome recognition of the importance of our programme in working to minimise the impact a prolonged stay in ICU can have on patients. 

“Since the initial pilot started last February, the team has been developing and testing their innovation, putting it into practice, and gathering evidence about its impact and effectiveness. 

“The team faced stiff competition on the night, but the judges recognised this project can change many people’s lives who have been cared for in ICU.   

“I hope this high profile award will further raise awareness of the importance of navigating patients in their recovery, by giving both patients and family member’s access to appropriate services and support.”

NHSGGC also received a high commendation in the Prevention Team of the Year category for a project to prevent young children swallowing liquitabs - capsules of detergent for washing machines and dishwashers. 

Prior to the campaign, the Royal Hospital for Children admitted nine children in one year alone who had ingested liquitabs - causing potentially fatal airway injuries.

Information packs are now delivered to families with infants - as well as cupboard catches to keep children safe. So far 16,000 have been distributed - and admissions for liquitab injuries have fallen to just one a year.

Public urged to nominate their local Health heroes for Chairman's Awards

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s (NHSGGC) new chairman, John Brown, is appealing to residents across the board area to nominate their local NHS hero for the prestigious annual Chairman’s Awards.

This will be John’s first year hosting the event which celebrates innovation and staff who go that extra mile to provide exceptional care for their patients.

The four award categories open to the public are:

- The Nursing Award recognising nursing stars - an individual or a team - who have demonstrated the highest standards of care for their patients

- The Volunteer/Patient Ambassador Award celebrates someone who goes that extra mile to help our patients or a patient ambassador who represents patients either on a Public Partnership Forum or on a patients’ panel

- The Patient Centred Care Award honouring a group of staff who have pulled together to tailor the best possible patient care for those in their care

- The International Award highlighting staff who have travelled overseas to provide healthcare

John said: “This will be my first Chairman’s Awards and I’m pleased to be personally involved in recognising the dedication and compassion so many of our staff display in looking after people across Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

“These awards have really struck a chord with the public and every year we receive a high volume of nomination from right across the board area.

This is testament to the amazing work our staff do and how highly they’re valued by the people they see.

“Our staff see people in a wide range of situations from hospital in-patients to public health initiatives. There are remarkable instances where services’ have moulded to meet patient needs and projects that have transformed the way we work.

“The awards were of an exceptionally high standard last year and the competition was stiff. I’m certain we’ll receive the same high standard of entries this year and I look forward to having the difficult job of choosing the winners.

” To nominate your local health hero visit or call free on 0800 027 7246.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, 31 July.

Team Glasgow Challenge for Inter Spinal Unit Games

The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit has sent a team of seven patients to challenge for the 2016 Inter Spinal Unit Games title. 

Staff in the unit have been working hard with the seven patients to prepare them for which is widely recognised as the flagship event for spinal injury centres across the UK and Ireland.  The Inter Spinal Unit Games introduces wheelchair sport to recently paralysed people. 

Held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, the games introduces wheelchair sport to recently paralysed people and for many participants this can be the first trip away from hospital after the long journey of rehabilitation. 

Glasgow last won the title in 2014, and both the staff in the unit and the team are confident they can lift this year’s trophy with a mix of male and female patients who are all currently in rehabilitation from spinal cord injury with varying degrees of experience and ability in sport. 

Susan Walker, General manager, Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit said:  “We are all behind this year’s team and are hoping they come home with the trophy on Friday. 

“This is massive step for some of the patients and everyone in the Unit is extremely proud of both the patient taking part and the staff who work tremendously hard with the patients involved.” 

The Inter Spinal Unit Games will welcome over 90 participants from 14 spinal injury centres between 12-14 April. 

Follow @WheelPower and #ISUG on Twitter for more news and updates about the 2016 Inter Spinal Unit Games. 

 The Inter Spinal Unit Games will welcome over 90 participants from 14 spinal injury centres between 12-14 April at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. 

The games are sponsored by WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport.  WheelPower is a Registered Charity based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, who introduce disabled people to sport as a positive lifestyle choice following injury or illness.   

The GRI's InSPIRE-ational Team

A unique patient intervention service at Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s (GRI) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award and a further £500,000 in funding to continue supporting patients. 

InSPIRE (Intensive Care Recovery: Supporting and Promoting Independence and Return to Employment) is a pilot recovery programme for patients who have been cared for in ICU.  Often ICU patients can experience persistent physical and psychological problems as a direct result of their intensive care stay which can impact all aspects of their life.  The project is a five week rehabilitation and support initiative for both the patient and their families. 

The joint initiative between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and the University of Glasgow has already received a national award for its remarkable work and has now been shortlisted for the prestigious BMJ’s  “Innovation into Practice Team of the Year” award, the winner of which will be announced in May. 

It has also been awarded a further £500,000 in funding from the independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation.  This will enable the release of staff to go to other hospitals across Scotland and provide training to allow the roll out the project in other ICUs. 

Dr Tara Quasim, ICU consultant, said: “This innovative project we hope will change the lives of many people who have been cared for in ICU. 

“We hope that this programme will navigate patients in their recovery by giving both patients and their relatives access to appropriate services and support.”

New Hospitals Received International Acclaim

All eyes were on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) last night, as they scooped the prestigious international MIPIM award for Best Healthcare Development. 

The MIPIM Awards, launched in 1991 is the highlight of an annual event held in Cannes, France that brings together over 21,000 influential property players to honour the most outstanding and accomplished global projects from around the world. 

The landmark £850million project, designed by architects IBI Group and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex, was one of four shortlisted entries that was voted for by event delegates and a judging panel made-up of prominent property professionals. 

Robert Calderwood, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:  “I am delighted that the design of the new QEUH and RHC have been recognised internationally as one of the most outstanding healthcare projects across the world. 

“We were a long time in the planning and construction but the results are now providing the residents of Greater Glasgow and Clyde and beyond state-of-the-art facilities at the forefront of the latest advances in healthcare.” 

IBI Group’s Neil Murphy added:  “It took a considerable time to plan, design and construct this world-class hospital, which is a beacon for wellbeing in the local community. 

 “For all the doctors, nurses, patients and staff, in addition to the vast design and build team that were involved in delivering the hospital, this internationally-renowned award is testament to their collaborative effort.” 

The judges agreed thatthe hospital establishes a new benchmark for healthcare design and delivery.  Set within therapeutic parklands the design uses excellent standards of natural light, space, height, materials and technology, which create an inspiring adult acute environment and a science inspired, interactive and colourful children’s facility. 

Providing 100% single adult bedrooms and virtually 100% single children’s bedrooms all with stimulating views, the hospital’s design helps improve infection control and heighten overall patient care, dignity and privacy. 

Encompassing novel features such as colourful cantilevered ‘pods’ in the naturally lit atrium, a bespoke patient and visitor sanctuary, beautifully landscaped roof-top children’s play area, integrated artwork and the largest A&E in Scotland; the hospital is set to provide the best quality of care for future generations.

Top Award for Health Finance Team

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have beaten off stiff competition to win a major public sector finance award. 

NHSGGC’s Acute Finance Team were named “Team of the Year” in the influential Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Scotland Awards last night (March 17) at the institute’s conference gala dinner held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. 

It recognised the work of Colin Neil, NHSGGC’s Assistant Director of Acute Services, and his colleagues who completed a demanding management restructuring linked to the opening of the £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children. 

Praising his team Colin said:  “This was an immensely challenging undertaking for everyone involved to support the reconfiguration of Acute Services and the transitional period of closing four Hospital sites and opening the new adult and children’s hospitals. 

“It involved learning new ways of working together and being incredibly flexible to meet the demands of a change programme which impacted on locational changes for over 7000 staff and resulted in a complete recast of our financial reporting structure. 

“I am very proud of the way the team responded by building relationships with other key professionals in a relatively short space of time to implement a restructure and change programme of this magnitude.” 

Mark White, NHSGGC’s Director of Finance, added:  “A project of this scale was unprecedented in the Scottish public sector and its success is down to strong leadership and a real collaborative team approach.” 

NHSGGC team wins Quality in Care award for boosting drug user Hepatitis C testing by 80% in Clyde

A team led by a consultant working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) and Inverclyde Royal Hospitals (IRH) has been honoured in a national award ceremony for their innovative work to improve hepatitis C screening and treatment in areas with the highest estimated rate of drug use in Scotland.

Dr. Mathis Heydtmann, consultant hepatologist and gastroenterologist, picked up a Quality in Care Hepatitis C prize for the Best Treatment Pathway Initiative.

He and colleagues Dr James McPeake, consultant gastroenteroligst (RAH); Joe Schofield, manager Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) managed clinical network; Anne Cameron-Burns and Audrey Anderson, both clinical nurse specialists at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and the RAH, developed a patient centred service in their hospital catchment areas.

This included working with prisoners in Greenock Prison and with local addiction services. As a result testing in areas with the highest problem drug use has increased by more than 80%.

Dr Heydtmann explained: “The prevalence of HCV infection in these areas is high with many people unaware of their infection.

“We developed close working relationships with referrers and used patient feedback to provide a personalised service.

“The team built up high levels of empathy, made patients feel personally welcome and encouraged them to promote HCV testing among family and friends.

” The initiative also changed clinic times to suit patients and by including contact details on business cards and letters made the team very accessible to patients and referrers.

Continued engagement, with patients many of whom have chaotic lifestyles, was maintained “due to our non-judgemental approach, accessibility, clearness in communication and honesty with regards to the treatment options and decisions,” added Dr Heydtmann.

He praised the commitment and professionalism of his colleagues: “Everyone, particularly the nurses, worked very hard to engage with these difficult patients.

“It’s hoped to expand the team to enable us to carry out more outreach work to build on the HCV testing and treatment contacts we have achieved so far.”

Older People's Projects Declared Winners at Scotland's Dementia Awards

Two innovative NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) services aimed at dementia patients were today (Thursday, 24 September) named as category winners at the Scottish Dementia Awards.

Scotland’s largest health board’s Knowing Me, Knowing You pilot was named best acute care initiative, while the Namaste Care Team East Ward at Dykebar Hospital won the best innovation in continuing care category winner at the awards ceremony held in Glasgow’s Marriot Hotel.

The Knowing Me, Knowing You scrap booking project is part of Gartnavel Royal Hospital’s Art in the Gart programme and was piloted in the hospital’s older adult assessment wards.

A joint initiative between The Village Storytelling Centre and board staff from a variety of disciplines the project works with patients diagnosed with dementia.

Working collaboratively with the team, patients develop highly personal journals to share life stories with their families, friends or carers.

Colin McCormack, Head of Mental Health Services, Gartnavel Royal, said: “This is a real accolade for everyone involved and welcome recognition for the Knowing Me, Knowing You project developed by NHSGGC’s mental health services.

“The award honours the teamwork between staff, patients and their families that has gone in to creating this project which is having a positive impact on many of our patients lives.

“We have designed the project to create an environment and approach where people with dementia can take part as the person they are now while using memories of earlier life experiences to create journals.

“It has real benefits for patients, their families and carers as it encourages communication and helps to strengthen or build relationships

.” The Namaste project cares for patients with advanced dementia and supports the philosophy of person-centred care. It offers people with advanced dementia the opportunity to engage with others through therapeutic touch and sensory stimulation.

Health Board Scoops Top Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wellbeing of the Glasgow

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and partners University of Glasgow have been honoured with the prestigious overall Judge’s Award at the Inspiring City Awards.

The awards, held last night (10 September 2015) at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, recognise individuals and organisations working to make a difference in Glasgow at every level.

The Judge’s Award was presented to the partners in recognition of their contribution to the wellbeing of Scotland’s largest city over the past 12 months and their commitment to the learning and development of the people of Glasgow.

Andrew Robertson, chairman of NHSGGC, said: “I am absolutely delighted that NHSGGC and our partners, the University of Glasgow, have been recognised in this way.

“We have always placed great emphasis on ensuring that our workforce is at the forefront of ongoing health developments and that support staff are fully equipped to provide their essential services.

“The building of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus has allowed us to go even further and show our commitment to opening up employment and training to the people of Glasgow which will leave a lasting legacy for our communities.

“Education has been at the centre of every aspect of this massive development project – from developing apprenticeship opportunities and linkages with schools and colleges to the creation of world leading research facilities in partnership with the University of Glasgow to ensure that Glasgow remains at the cutting edge of medicine.”

The fast paced world of developing medicines, treatments, surgical procedures and related scientific developments requires NHSGGC to constantly refresh and educate its highly trained healthcare professionals.

With some 38,000 staff NHSGGC is one of the city’s largest employers and its commitment to reducing inequalities has opened the door to long term unemployed and young people from areas of greater need accessing its training and apprenticeship schemes.

This ongoing work was further boosted by the five year building programme to deliver the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and new Royal Hospital for Children which will leave a lasting legacy for communities both in South Glasgow and across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Shields Centre Picks Up Prestigious Architecture Award

The Shields Health and Care Centre in Pollokshields was a joint winner in the ‘Health’ category of the prestigious Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards.

The other winner was Maggie’s Lanarkshire in Airdrie.

David Walker, Head of Locality (South), Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the Shields Centre has won an RIAS award in the Health category. Everyone on the project team, including all of our staff worked incredibly hard to deliver this fantastic facility which not only provides high quality services from a single, accessible space but it also supported local training and employment opportunities via its' community benefits programme.

“We are grateful to have had a high level of local support throughout the process and look forward to it becoming an integral part of the East Pollokshields community.” The Shields Centre brings together primary care, community and social work services and is an excellent example of joint working between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow City Council Social Work Services and other key partners.

The project has been delivered by hub West Scotland, an organisation working with Health Boards across the West of Scotland to deliver capital projects.

The building was designed by architects Anderson Bell and Christie and the primary contractor was CBC. The heart of the £2.7 million Centre is the public reception where visitors are welcomed into a light, bright atrium. The waiting area looks out on to a community garden, and floor to ceiling windows give a view of the sky providing a calming and comfortable environment.

The waiting area cannot be viewed from the street due to cleverly designed window screening. The building has disabled access throughout and particular attention has been paid to ensuring that it is as environmentally sustainable as possible.

The Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is the body representing architects north of the border and its annual award winners are carefully selected by a panel of judges. They each visit shortlisted building, making a special effort to speak to building users including patients and staff.

The Shields Centre was one of 24 buildings (out of 65 entries) shortlisted for the awards. With the rest of the winners, it will now be considered for the Doolan Award which aims to find the best building in Scotland. Judging is expected to take place in the late summer and the winner announced later in the year.

Nominations for Local Hero

Residents throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being offered the chance to nominate their own local NHS hero.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has launched its search for NHS heroes as part of its prestigious annual Chairman’s Awards for staff who go that extra mile and provide exceptional care for their patients.

Amongst the seven award categories members of the public are being asked to nominate for:

• a Nursing Award where Greater Glasgow and Clyde residents can put forward their nursing stars - an individual or a team - who have demonstrated the highest standards of care for their patients;

• a Volunteer /Patient Ambassador Award - someone who goes that extra mile to volunteer help to our patients or nominate a patient ambassador who represents patients either on a Public Partnership Forum or on a patients’ panel, and

• a Patient Centred Care Award – where the public can nominate a group of staff who have pulled together to tailor the best patient care for those in their care

• and an International Award - where the public can nominate staff who have travelled overseas to provide healthcare.

NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “This is the seventh year of these awards and I am delighted and impressed with the enthusiasm shown by patients and their relatives and healthcare professionals in identifying worthy nominees.

“The awards give the public and our staff the opportunity to highlight some of the exemplary practice that often goes unsung in the health service.

“The awards were of an exceptionally high standard last year and the competition was stiff. I have no doubt that we’ll receive the same high standard of entries this year and I look forward once again to the difficult job of choosing the winners!”

To nominate your local health hero either visit or call free in 0800 027 7246.

The closing date for entries is the July 31st, 2015.

Pharmacy Scheme Given National Recognition

An innovative new pharmacy service has won the national Scottish Pharmacist Award for Innovation and Change in Pharmacy Practice 2015.

The Macmillan Pharmacy Service, the first of its kind in the UK covers all 291 community pharmacies in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and is jointly funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The service works alongside an existing Community Pharmacy Palliative Care Network and other community care services to help support palliative care patients with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.

The service also supports patients, should they choose, to die peacefully at home rather than spending their final days in hospital.

Lead Pharmacist for the Service, Dr Kate McCusker, said: “Winning this award is a great achievement for the team and the service.

“I have no doubt that this recognition will help us to raise awareness of our service and engage with other healthcare teams to improve palliative care services for patients and their carers.”

Senior Macmillan Development Manager, Trisha Hatt, congratulated the team. She said: “This is a very well deserved award and we are delighted that the extremely valuable work this project is achieving has been recognised.

“Macmillan believes that if someone is nearing the end of their life, they should have a choice over where to spend that time. We know that over half of people who have a cancer diagnosis would like to spend their last weeks and days of their life at home and working with community pharmacies the team ensures that they can.”

The team have led a number of novel community based palliative care initiatives including the development of a palliative care resource folder for community pharmacies. This resource, which is freely available to all community pharmacy staff across the whole of the UK, was recently endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, a huge accolade for the team from their professional body.

Community Pharmacist, Amanda Yung, said: “The palliative care resource folder has been an invaluable source of specialist palliative care information for me and my staff.

“I have been able to provide enhanced support and advice to patients and their families as well as source specialist palliative care medication without delay.”

Paul Adams, Head of Primary care and Community Services in North West Glasgow, added: “To facilitate patients’ wishes to spend their final days at home rather than in hospital, the Macmillan Pharmacy Service has provided community staff with improved resources to help support and manage a patient’s illness at home and possibly lower the need for a hospital admission.”

On the Road to Recovery and Into Jobs

Nine people recovering from drug and alcohol problems have achieved health and social care qualifications thanks to an innovative scheme commissioned by NHSGGC.

At a special ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers, Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, presented the trainees with their qualification certificates.

The scheme, which provides a 38 week paid placement for trainee support workers with the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and aims to help individuals who were not only in recovery but were long-term unemployed and had multiple barriers to employment.

The programme has been extremely successful with nine trainees completing the placement, ten trainees attaining certification for Steps to Excellence training and nine trainees achieving a Level 2 SVQ in Health and Social Care.

Seven trainees have secured full-time employment within the health and social care field.

Andrew Robertson said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be part of this special ceremony.

“This is the second graduation event and I am extremely proud that this innovative scheme is helping people change their future.”

Carole Meakin, NHSGGC Business Analyst, Addictions, said: “Our volunteers have been doing some fantastic work running peer support, conversation cafes and conferences.”

They faced a strict criteria to be eligible for the courses. All had to be 12 months in recovery from alcohol and drugs, free from criminal activities during this time, and had been a volunteer for a year either in addictions or a local volunteer network.

Carole went on: “The focus for community drug teams is on recovery, and the knowledge and expertise that these volunteers have is vast.

“One of our key aims was to deliver recovery orientated training and employment with the emphasis on the person’s previous life experiences as an asset rather than an insurmountable barrier.

Eamon Docherty, Project Co-ordinator, said: “The trainees have successfully managed the transition from volunteer to employee which is fantastic experience for others to follow.”

“The trainees can share their experience with those currently involved within the recovery communities advocating "they can do this, I have done it, which will be such an inspiration to others.”

Billy Watson, Chief Executive at SAMH said: “SAMH is delighted to be involved in such an exciting and pioneering project.

“The feedback from both the trainees and our managers who are involved has been extremely positive and the success of the project clearly demonstrates how life-changing opportunities like this can be.”

To address the high percentage of addiction service users not in employment, NHSGGC embarked on an innovative project to increase employability opportunities for individuals in recovery.

One of the key tenets of the Road to Recovery is the link from treatment to volunteering to education and ultimately employment. This project has successfully fused the core elements of this to deliver recovery orientated training/employment experiences with the emphasis on the individual’s previous life experiences as an asset rather than an insurmountable barrier.

The programme has been extremely successful with 9 trainees achieving a Level 2 SVQ in Health and Social Care.

These outcomes have shown sustained recovery, increased independence, the attainment of a qualification and employment in the open labour market whilst bringing ‘lived recovery experience’ to the health and social care profession.