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NHSGGC offering 50 Modern Apprenticeship vacancies

We are now accepting applications for our highly sought after Modern Apprenticeship programme (MA) with 50 places now available. 

The programme, delivered in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College, has already recruited more than one hundred young people over a broad range of job roles since it was launched in August 2013.

NHSGGC is looking to recruit trainees aged 16-24, or up to age 29 for those with a disability, across a range of sites and services. There are opportunities in: 

  • Administration and finance based roles
  • Engineering
  • Health and safety
  • Pharmacy services
  • Decontamination services
  • Hospital and community based healthcare support 

 The MA programme gives young people access to high quality training and nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships have proven to be an extremely successful tool in attracting, training and retaining new employees across hospital, community and corporate services. 

Successful applicants will receive on the job training and work towards qualifications in business and administration, accounting, health and safety, healthcare support, engineering, plumbing, pharmacy services, and procurement.  

Vacancies are now open and the health board will be promoting the opportunities at a range of events including Scottish Apprenticeship Week, school events, the Glasgow Guarantee event at Glasgow City Chambers, an open day at Glasgow Clyde College, and information events across NHSGGC sites. 

Anne MacPherson, Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, NHSGGC, said: “I look forward to welcoming a new intake of MAs in the summer. As a board, we recognise the many talents that young people can bring to our workforce and the benefits this has for our organisation.

“Offering young people the opportunity to train in a skill that could shape their future is a role we’re very proud of. 

“Our MA programme provides a well respected foothold on the employment ladder and a chance for young people to develop a career with Scotland’s largest health board.  

“The feedback from directors and managers since we started offering MAs has been very positive. During that time, the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the young people has been excellent. 

“The programme isn’t just focused on healthcare and I’d encourage young people to apply as it is a great way of opening up exciting career opportunities with nationally recognised qualifications.” 

Applications are now being accepted through:

Our hospital chefs are amongst the best in Britain

Our hospital chefs have been declared amongst the best in Britain at a glittering catering awards ceremony.

Based at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock, the catering strategy team was one of three finalists in the Catering Team of the Year category at the Hospital Caterers Association awards in Belfast’s Titanic Centre on Thursday, 06 April.

The team serves up almost 10,000 meals daily across 17 hospitals and was honoured for its work in devising a variety of nutritious meals, in partnership with dieticians and patients, which meet the needs of a large number of patients who often have a range of differing needs.

These meals, which are nutritionally analysed, are produced by board staff in two large kitchen facilities in Paisley and Greenock before feeding patients across 17 hospital sites.

Patients, members of the public and staff were invited to a series of events to taste new recipes and improvements to existing ones. A rotating fortnightly menu is now offered following two rounds of consultation with patients and staff to ensure patients’ nutritional needs are met.

The service was also recognised for effectively introducing more choice as well as cutting down on levels of food waste. Staff now have more accurate food preparation plans based on actual, rather than projected, meal uptakes.

The board has been taking part in a national trial of Bedside Electronic Patient Meal Ordering (BEPMO) across a number of hospitals including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Catering staff input patient meal orders into a tablet and the information captured in BEPMO allows the catering service to free up more time for nurses to spend with patients, identify menu trends and reduce food waste by allowing patients to choose their meals as close to mealtimes as possible.

New ways of working have led to the level of unserved meals running at an average of 7.75% of all meals produced, which is lower than the national target of 10%.

Kate Murray, head of catering, said: “Making it to the final is a wonderful testament to all the hard work the catering service has carried out to ensure patients have a wide choice of nutritious and appealing meals.

“As a service, we’re determined to give our patients meal choices that suit their needs. We have spoken with 3,200 patients over the last 12 months to allow us to receive continual feedback on what we’re doing right and identify any areas for improvement.

“We’re part of the multi-disciplinary team involved in nutritional care and are the only board in Scotland employing a full-time dietician as part of the catering team.

“Reaching the final is very welcome as it further validates the many months of planning and consultation in the run up to our new menus being introduced.

We’re proud that our own catering staff prepare 3.6 Million meals annually in-house and that patients are enjoying the meal options available to them.”

Lord Provost opens Cancer Charity's new cafe

Beatson Cancer Charity has officially opened a brand new café at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, a project that has been made possible thanks to the support and generosity of the charity’s supporters and volunteers. 

To open the café, Glasgow's Lord Provost and charity Ambassador, Councillor Sadie Docherty joined Beatson Cancer Charity CEO David Welch, supporters of the charity, former patients of The Beatson and family members to celebrate the opening of the new facility while sampling the new Beatson Cancer Charity bespoke blend of coffee. 

Lord Provost, councillor Sadie Docherty said: “I’m delighted as an ambassador of the Beatson Cancer Charity to officially open this lovely café. It’s a wonderful space and I know it will make a journey to hospital more pleasant for patients and visitors. It’s somewhere welcoming, relaxing and cheerful to sit and chat. It’s going to make a big difference to everyone who passes through these doors. I wish the Beatson Charity well with this new endeavour and, on behalf of the city, thank everyone here for the wonderful work they do.” 

David Welch, Chief Executive at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “The Beatson is a world leading cancer centre where patients and families receive the very best treatment and support. It is the aim of Beatson Cancer Charity through its new café, along with the existing Welcome and Wellbeing Services to help make the patients’ experiences and that of their family even more friendly, comfortable and welcoming. 

“I’d like to give my sincere thanks to everyone involved in this project for all their support, advice and contributions. The Beatson Café not only looks great, it will serve thousands of visitors to The Beatson and will make a significant difference to the cancer centre.” 

The charity is also calling on volunteers to help with the day to day running of the café. Kathleen McLaren, Trading Manager at Beatson Cancer Charity added: “We're looking for outgoing volunteers to take on regular morning or afternoon shifts. Whether you have a personal connection to The Beatson or have an interest in volunteering, we’d love to hear from people who are passionate about supporting such a great cause. This is a really unique opportunity to support the charity in a fantastic new facility and at the same time be a friendly face to so many patients and their relatives.

The Beatson Café provides a relaxed and comforting area for patients, families, friends and staff to unwind with high quality refreshments. The Café will serve a wide range of cold and hot drinks, delicious soups and sandwiches, as well as tasty snacks and cakes during the day Monday to Friday, 9am until 4pm, to coincide with clinic hours. 

All funds raised from The Beatson Café will help the charity provide specialist staff posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research based staff as well as funding enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments and novel research projects and educational initiatives to support the 8000 new patients who attend  The Beatson and its satellite locations each year. 

If you require any further information or are interested in volunteering at the café, please email[email protected] or call 0141 212 0505.

Women in Scotland urged to 'nip cervical cancer in the bud'

New drive launches to kick-start the conversation around cervical screening

A woman diagnosed with cervical cancer after a routine smear test have cautioned against ignoring a screening invite. Lisa Maher, 30, from Glasgow spoke out at the launch of a bold new NHS Health Scotland and Scottish Government drive to get women talking about cervical screening, and raise awareness of its benefits.

A short film, entitled Flower ( has been created to challenge the reasons women give for not attending their smear.

With six women being diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland, the film urges viewers to ‘nip cervical cancer in the bud’, by not ignoring their next smear invite or contacting their GP practice if they missed their last smear. A smear test can detect cells that could turn into cancer.

The five minute test is the best way to protect women from the disease and helps save around 5,000 lives a year in the UK2. All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a smear test every three years while those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years.

The campaign will target those aged 25-35 in Scotland, as cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women of this age group3. Statistics highlight between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, one in three women (33 per cent) aged 25-35 didn’t go for their smear when invited.

Lisa Maher, who credits the test with saving her life, is backing the campaign in the hope of encouraging other women, like her, to take part in screening.

The mother of two, who routinely attended her smear test appointments, was diagnosed and successfully treated in 2011, aged 25, after abnormal cells were found.

Lisa said: “When my first smear invitation came in, I didn’t think twice about it. It detected abnormal cells and I was asked to come back for another smear six months later. I was relieved when those results came back as normal.

“Three years later when I was invited for my next routine smear, abnormal cells were detected again and I was referred to the colposcopy clinic to have them removed.

The sample was tested and I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. “The news was a big shock, I didn’t think I would be diagnosed with cancer, especially at such a young age.

” Ten days after her diagnosis, Lisa had the remaining cancerous cells removed and went for a smear test every six months for five years to monitor any changes, all of which came back normal.

Lisa added: “I was trying for a baby when I was diagnosed and it’s thanks to cervical screening that I’ve been able to go on and have my two beautiful children.

If I hadn’t gone for my smear test when I did, my story could’ve been very different.

“It’s really vital we get people talking about cervical screening again, because the smear test can be a life-saver.

” Christine Paterson, practice nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “No one looks forward to a smear appointment, but I want to reassure women that we’re trained to make the test go as smoothly as possible.

“I’ve done hundreds of smear tests and afterwards, most women – especially those that it’s their first time - are surprised by how quickly it’s all over.

“Of course, it can be nerve-wracking, but there’s no such thing as a silly question, that’s what we’re here for. “So, don’t ignore your next smear invite, and if you missed your last smear test, contact your GP practice to find a time that suits you.”

For more information on cervical screening, visit

Mental Health website developed by young people for peers launched

An estimated 83 million people across Europe suffer from some form of mental health problem, often originating from experiences early in life. 

A new website developed by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) has been launched specifically to promote mental health and wellbeing in young people. 

The Aye Mind website was launched at the Golden Jubilee Conference Centre attended by the young people who led its development along with partners Snook, Young Scot, and the Mental Health Foundation. 

Taking in a wide range of health, social care, education and voluntary sector organisations, the website evolved from an earlier programme, Project 99. Set up in 2014, Project 99 was awarded an EU grant of €150,000 to develop a website and online tools to offer positive mental health support for young people aged 13-21. 

Project lead, Dr Trevor Lakey, Health Improvement and Inequalities Manager with NHSGGC, said: “The internet and social media often generates negative coverage. 

“However Project 99 and its successor Aye Mind show there is significant potential for using digital resources to support young people’s wellbeing. We like to see Aye Mind as almost a Tripadvisor service for the mind – it’s a guide to the positive services out there. 

“Young people have been actively involved throughout this development. The event is designed to be both the official launch of the site, but also bring everyone together in one room to evaluate the whole process from start to finish. 

“It’s a full day event where we’ll explore areas including youth engagement, digital inclusion and 5Rights, what’s next for the resource and a number of workshops. 

“It’s important that the people Aye Mind was developed for not only feel that the website meets their needs, but also that they played a central role in its development throughout. 

The young people also devised and developed a series of GIFs to feature on the website. These highlight the issues the young people identified as the most important to tackle, including online bullying, social media addiction and the value of reaching out to friends in need.

The second aspect of the site is a resource toolkit for youth-related workers. This includes information on how they can better help young people with their mental health and wellbeing, signposting them to appropriate information.  

Project 99 was one of five successful applicants (from 106 applicants) from all over Europe to receive this money from the CHEST (Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks) project. 

As the work has got underway, Project 99 morphed into Aye Mind, a name put forward by young people to be used to support a range of youth-focused campaigns and dialogues as the work progresses. 

New videos to help children anxious about their visit to the Royal Hospital for Children

Taking a child into hospital is a traumatic and anxious experience not only for the child but for the parent as well.

To help a child and their parents understand what will happen when they go to hospital staff at the Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) has been working with the charity What? Why? Children in Hospital (WWCIH) to produce a number of videos aimed at preparing children for their hospital visit.

The series of YouTube videos cover subjects such as MRI, CT, ECG, Echo, EEG and Nerve Conduction Studies. The charity has made hospital videos showing what happens during the procedure and also play videos with pretend play ideas to help families prepare at home. 

There are 11 videos in total with seven having been filmed in the RHC with NHSGGC staff.

Kevin Hill, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Director of Women and Children's Services hopes these videos will be a useful tool for any parent having to bring their child to hospital.

He said: "We know that parents can find it difficult explaining to their child what will happen when they get to hospital.   

“They are already anxious for their child and these videos can provide a general overview on what their child is about to experience. 

“Often parents do not understand what their child is about to undergo so these videos not only educate the child but can also give the anxious parents some reassurance which in turn can help make the child feel calmer."

Dr Iain Horrocks, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, said: "This is a fantastic resource for families and children to have access to; it will be invaluable in preparation for the kinds of tests that we need to do. 

“These tests sound scarier than they actually are, but these short videos are a perfect aid in explaining complex investigations in a child friendly manner.”

Marit Boot, founder of the WWCIH charity, started the charity after watching her own little girl go to hospital to get a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan and an Electroencephalography (EEG) to check if her brain was working ok.  Her daughter was very worried and kept asking 'What? Why?"

Marit said: “When my daughter had to go to hospital I looked for videos to see what would happen in hospital. I only found written information and images, nothing that I could show her. 

“I made a pretend MRI scanner from a cardboard box to practice with her teddy. We had fun and playing helped her to feel confident she could do the test herself.

“Our charity wants to help other parents by making videos about hospital procedures, which they can watch with their child."

To see the videos, please visit

Ask About Your Medicines

“Do you know about and understand your medicine?”

A new campaign launched asking patients if they know the answer to this question and if not they should ask their local pharmacist.

The “Ask About Your Medicines” campaign, which was launched today at the new Victoria Hospital, is promoting the role of community pharmacists in supporting patients understand what the medication they are prescribed is for and deal with any questions patients may have.

Patients are prescribed medication by their doctor for a reason but most patients have no understanding of what the medication does, the benefits or the negatives, or any side effects.

This new campaign will encourage patients, the elderly in particular, to ask these questions of their local community pharmacist.

Claire Langride is Consultant in Medicine for the Elderly at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital and chair of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Polypharmacy subgroup.

She said: “Up to 50% of prescribed drugs may not be taken as prescribed. There are many reasons for this and we are trying to encourage patients to ask some simple questions about their medicines.

“Do I really need this drug treatment schedule? What are the possible downsides? Are there other non drug options for treatment? What happens if I don’t take these tablets?

“It is important patients understand what they are taking and why and these are all questions that the patient’s local pharmacist can answer if the patient does not want to ask their doctor.”

Pru Davies is both an NHS patient and a carer and over 20 years ago became a volunteer in mental health services.

She said: “Medicine prescribing is so important, particularly in mental health.

“It is very important for me to take my medication as prescribed to keep me well in mind and body.

“I have a good understanding of what the medications are and what they are for including any side-effects. The benefits of each medication outweigh any negative reason for wishing to take them. Remember the medication is prescribed for you by your doctor for a reason.

“If you have any questions then ask either your GP or your pharmacist.”

Heather Harrison, Prescribing Advisor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, added: “We want patients to know about and understand their medicines and if they have any questions regarding their medicines then they should ask their community pharmacist, doctor or nurse.”

Posters prompting the ‘Ask About Your Medicines’ message will be on display in GP surgeries and local community pharmacies. The message will also be on dispensing bags.

PRU’S STORY Pru Davies will celebrate her 60th birthday next month and has been living in Glasgow since 1993.

Pru was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 25 and spent the next 12 years in and out of psychiatric care in the south of England.

After moving to Glasgow she volunteered in the mental health sector and maintains that is what has kept her well for the last 23 years.

10 years ago Pru’s husband had a breakdown and she became a carer for him. Pru has a foot in both camps as a patient and a carer.

In 2014 she was asked to be a Lay Representative on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Area Drug and Therapeutic Committee (ADTC) Polypharmacy Prescribing Committee.

Medicine prescribing is so important, particularly in mental health.

My colleagues at the Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow are very helpful to me as the unique conversation sessions held both in psychiatric wards and in the community always highlight medicine prescribing as the number one topic.

E-cigarettes given the green light on Scotland's largest health board's grounds

Scotland’s biggest health board gave the go ahead for vaping on hospital grounds. The use of e-cigarettes is now permitted on NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) grounds in a bid to further cut smoking rates.

E-cigarettes can now be used on grounds by patients, visitors and staff, but crucially not at entrances or exits to hospitals and other health facilities.

The newly updated smokefree policy ensures a consistent position about the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds and the e-cigarette friendly approach of smoking cessation services.

While they can now be used on grounds, e-cigarettes still can’t be used in buildings. Use is allowed anywhere on the grounds, however people are being asked not to use them outside entrances and exits.

It’s hoped that the new policy will help change the behaviour of a small hardcore of people who continue to smoke on hospital grounds and especially around hospital entrances.

Dr Emilia Crighton, Director of Public Health, NHSGGC, said: “Tobacco is still the most common preventable cause of death in Scotland with smoking to blame for around a quarter of all deaths.

“We’re now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking.

“We have seen the percentage of people who smoke fall from 37.5% to 25% over the last 10 years. I believe allowing e-cigarette use is the next tool in that fight and it will play a role in reducing that figure even more.

“Our smokefree services are designed to help people identify an approach that works for them. Over the last five years, more than 150,000 people have used our Smokefree Services and this method can be used to manage nicotine withdrawal while smokers work towards quitting altogether.”

Smokers looking to quit can visit and book directly into a local service using our handy postcode search facility; call Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84 for information; walk into any pharmacy for support; or find us on twitter and facebook by searching for ‘smokefree services’.

New healthy meal deal for NHS patients 

More choice, less waste – that’s the message from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as they dish up a new patient menu from next week.

The move comes as a result of extensive patient feedback and analysis of the most and least popular dishes.

Kate Murray, Head of Catering for NHSGGC said: “We have gone to great lengths to give patients exactly what they want and looked at what’s been most popular in the past and dropped the meals which patients were not so keen on.

“As well as carrying out tasting sessions with patients we have listened to them and looked at data going back over five years.”

It’s also hoped that the new streamlined menu will cut down on food waste in hospitals across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Kate said: “Nobody likes to see food going to waste and for lots of different reasons we have a responsibility to do everything we can to reduce this. Many people said to us that they would prefer a lighter option in the middle of the day so we have introduced this alongside a traditional meal.”

The new menu runs on a two week menu cycle and patients will be offered a standard continental breakfast with cereal/porridge, toast/bread roll and juice.

For lunch, there will be a light meal consisting of a soup and sandwich or a soup and filled jacket potato plus a cold dessert. There will also be a hot meal option if patients still prefer to have this at lunchtime.

In the evening, patients can choose from a variety of hot main courses as well as a sandwich option. There will also be a hot dessert available such as fruit crumble and custard.

At each mealtime there will be a healthier eating choice as well as a higher energy choice to meet the NHS Scotland Food in Hospitals Specification.

Before coming into hospital, patients and visitors can find out more about more about the high quality food and drink which is available, by visiting

Kate added: “I am pleased we are ready to launch this new menu. It follows many months of planning and consultation and we are hopeful that the meals will offer something for everyone. We are also proud that the majority of our meals are made in house by our own catering staff. I hope that all this hard work pays off and patients continue to enjoy what we do.

“We are really keen to find out more about your experiences of our catering services. With your feedback we can build upon what works well and improve what needs to be done better.”

For more information please visit:

All NHSGGC mental health units to become smoke free on No Smoking Day

Mental health units are joining the rest of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) grounds in becoming smoke free as of Wednesday, 09 March - No Smoking Day.

A common myth is that while smoking may be bad for physical health it at least has benefits for mental health in that it aids relaxation. However, one of the biggest harms to the mental and physical health of people living with a mental illness comes from smoking.

Research evidence increasingly indicates long-term smoking is actually associated with adverse mental health effects. In contrast, a reduction in smoking is proven to improve both mental wellbeing and physical health.

Smokers with mental health issues make up a third of total UK tobacco use, but are four times more likely to develop smoking related conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Smokers will have a nicotine assessment carried out on or prior to admission to mental health units in the board area. Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to all patients on admission and if patients wish to stop smoking during their admission a referral will be made to our stop smoking services.

Emilia Crighton, director of Public Health, NHSGGC, said: “In line with the Scottish Government’s aim for the country to be smoke free by 2034, supporting patients not to smoke during their admission is part of providing the best possible care and treatment.

“Smoking is the most preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland with around a quarter of all deaths attributable to smoking.

“Tobacco use remains the most common preventable cause of death. Addressing smoking among people with mental health issues in NHSGGC would mean improving health, reducing inequalities and saving lives.

“There is now widespread awareness of the physical harm caused by tobacco and this has seen smoking rates in Scotland fall to around 20%.

“Unfortunately, this sustained decline of smoking in the general population has not been mirrored in mental health service users. Not only do they have higher smoking rates, but these service users appear to be more addicted to nicotine, smoke more cigarettes per day and find it harder to quit.

“There is consistent evidence that stopping smoking is associated with improvements in depression, anxiety, stress, psychological quality of life compared with continuing to smoke.

“People with mental health issues are as motivated to quit as the general population, however they are dying prematurely because of a smoking intervention gap which this new policy is designed put an end to.”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of ASH Scotland, said: “Because of the high smoking rates and heavy tobacco use amongst people who experience mental ill-health they are dying years earlier than most and are suffering disproportionately from the life-limiting diseases caused by tobacco.

“It is a huge injustice, and because of this we actively support moves to create healthy, smoke-free environments and to offer compassionate and practical support to quit smoking, which the majority of smokers say they want to do.

“Stopping smoking is linked to improved mental health as well as physical health, so I welcome this initiative to create smoke-free mental health units and to support people to move away from tobacco.”

Straight Off, Straight Away

A campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of hair straighteners to children has been launched in Glasgow by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), urging parents to turn them Straight Off, and put them Straight Away.

The temperature of hair straighteners can reach up to between 210-230°C – nearly six times the temperature of a household hot water supply, three times the temperature of a freshly-made cup of tea, and hotter than a domestic iron.

These extremely high temperatures can have devastating effects, such as leaving life-long scars, for anyone who touches hot hair straighteners, particularly young children whose skin is thinner and more fragile than an adult’s.

RoSPA has teamed up with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, as well as the Scottish Fire Service and Electrical Safety First, to produce “Straight Off, Straight Away” posters to be placed in GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, early years centres, and other key places around the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) health board area.

Health visitors and teams working with families in the area are also being briefed to discuss these safety messages when carrying out their visits with families of young children.

Elizabeth Lumsden, community safety manager for RoSPA Scotland, said: “By being more vigilant parents can drastically reduce the risk of their children being injured in the home.

“Although anyone who uses straighteners may be aware of how hot they are, many do not realise that they stay hot for a long time after being switched off, or may leave them unattended for a few seconds while they go to do something else – which is all the time it takes for an accident to happen.

“So we are reminding people to switch them Straight Off, and put them Straight Away.”

Lesley Nish, senior health improvement officer, Public Health, NHSGGC, said: “Each year in Greater Glasgow and Clyde we treat a number of children at our Burns Unit who have injured themselves with hair straighteners.

“While using hair straighteners at home parents can help to protect children from these horrific burns by using a heat resistant bag if they have one at home, or if they don’t have one, they can purchase a heat resistant bag to use with their straighteners either from shops or online.”

Sharon Ramsay, burns nurse specialist at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, said: “It’s mostly toddlers we see here and the most common burns are to their hands and feet where they have either tried to pick them up or stand on them.

“This type of injury is very painful for the children and they are often quite distressed when they arrive. Parents too can be very upset seeing their children in pain and there’s the obvious guilt they feel if they have left straighteners lying about.

“Children also have much thinner skin than adults. This means while some burns heal, others can leave unsightly scars. Occasionally some may need to have plastic surgery to repair the skin.”

The posters are being launched today as part of RoSPA’s Family Safety Week 2016.

Family Safety Week was set up by RoSPA in a bid to help millions of people protect their loved ones from accidents – the number one cause of early preventable death.

This year’s five-day event has the theme of under-fives in the home. Advice and information is available at

On The Road To Recovery And Into Jobs

A special event to celebrate the achievements of individuals in recovery from substance misuse who have attained health and social care qualifications, was held at Glasgow City Chambers.

The programme, which provides a 38 week paid placement for trainee support workers with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), supports individuals who are in recovery, who have been long-term unemployed with multiple barriers to employment.

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse presented the trainees with their qualifications.

Building on the success of this project a public social partnership was launched that will provide broader opportunities for individuals in recovery to get qualifications and jobs.

Elevate-Glasgow, PSP (Public Social Partnership) has brought together over 30 key organisations who are working collaboratively to offer placements and volunteering opportunities, personal development and mentoring, training and education, and social enterprise opportunities.

Gary Meek, CEO, Glasgow Council on Alcohol, said: “GCA is delighted to have been elected as the lead organisation.”

Carole Meakin, NHSGGC Business Analyst, Addictions, said: “Firstly our congratulations to this year’s trainees who have been doing some fantastic work and deserve recognition for this.”

John Goldie Head of Addiction (South) Chair of Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership Recovery Sub group said: “The last three years of the Recovery Employability programme has been as much a test of change seeing a small but massively influential number of people take part in the programme that’s delivered personal success.

“Success that has laid the foundations to be able to develop the wider aspirations of the Glasgow PSP - Elevate. We want to build on that and offer opportunities to more people than in previous years who are not only in recovery but are long-term unemployed and come up against multiple barriers to employment.”

Carole continued: “We have worked to bring together a strategic partnership arrangement with third sector organisations to share responsibility for designing a service that is based on the user’s needs.

“We have had sign up from over 30 organisations which is a massive achievement and working collaboratively we can increase future employment opportunities.”

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.”

Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, John Brown added: “Supporting people who have recovered from addiction to move into employment is an important issue for Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“This project has successfully brought together the core elements to deliver recovery orientated training and employment taking into account people’s previous life experiences as an asset rather than an insurmountable barrier.

“NHSGGC is delighted to be involved in this an innovative project to increase employability opportunities for individuals in recovery.”

Sandyford Johnstone clinic hosts sexual health clinics targeted at men

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Sandyford Johnstone clinic has opened a dedicated sexual health clinic aimed specifically at men.

Opened in April 2015 following a refurbishment of the Johnstone Clinic, Sandyford Johnstone offers men only appointments every Wednesday between 9.30am-2pm.

Services include sexual health checks, vaccinations, advice on personal safety and anonymised testing for blood borne viruses.

Rosie McCluskey, Lead HUB Nurse for Sandyford Renfrewshire, said: “We identified a need to connect with more men in the Johnstone area and from this the decision to offer a clinic exclusively for men was formed.

“In addition to the usual services already in place at the clinic, we’re now holding a weekly clinic dedicated exclusively to men. This has led to a growing number of men in the area using the service and the feedback has been very positive. They’re getting the dedicated service they’re looking for from a nurse trained in sexual health in a non-judgemental setting.

“In the past we had a low turn out amongst men. However, this new service is helping raise public awareness of male sexual health and gives us another chance to promote safe sex and personal safety.

“Anyone attending the service is required to make an appointment, but the sessions are structured in such a way that appointments are easily accessible.

“Screening for blood borne viruses and all testing is carried out confidentially and all the notes from appointments are also treated as confidential and are only passed on to GPs if requested by a patient.

“Testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases is currently the most popular service and gives the team another opportunity to discuss infection prevention. However, we work with men to further educate them on safe sex practices and risk reduction.

“The staff can talk about personal safety and risk reduction as we see an increase in men meeting other people through dating apps and social media. This is especially relevant for men who are just starting to meet and date other men.”

A range of sexual health services, including the clinic for men, are available at the Johnstone Clinic, 60 Quarry Street, Johnstone PA5 8EY. Appointments can be made by calling 0141 211 8130. Further details are available at

HSGGC helps vulnerable patients access £37 Million in the last four years

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde has combined health services with benefits and money advice to ensure vulnerable patients are collectively £37 Million better off.

Over the last four years NHSGGC staff have made more than 32,000 referrals to Money Advice Services resulting in a £37 Million gain for many vulnerable patients and families. 

Nearly a third of the board’s population live in the 15% most deprived zones in Scotland meaning NHSGGC has an important role to play in financial inclusion. Child poverty rates in Glasgow City stand at 33% while more than 50% of North East Glasgow’s population live in poverty. 

The board’s Money Advice Service provides wide ranging support including getting the most out of a household income, helping patients register for benefits and help to apply for one-off grants or loans, all with the aim of improving patient long-term health.  

Initially the project was aimed at pregnant women and families with young children and has now expanded to provide the same support to people affected with a number of health issues. Deprivation and the stress of worrying about rent, the cost of heating or the cost of feeding a family are key factors linked to poor health. 

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Public Health, said: “One of the biggest challenges for the health service, as a whole, is to improve the health of people suffering the effects of disadvantage due to poverty. 

“NHSGGC is playing a vital role in supporting patients avoid any major financial crisis, and the resulting negative effects on health, through early intervention on financial issues. 

“Socio-economic inequality has a unique impact on the population of Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We are determined that we will continue tackling it in order to improve the health of people across the board area.”  

The board also tackles inequality through job creation, training and education across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The Modern Apprenticeship programme has just welcomed a new intake while Project SEARCH, which provides opportunities for young people with learning disabilities gain access to employment while studying, began its third year in August. 

Anne MacPherson, Director of Human Resources, said: “We continue to work with a range of stakeholders to offer real jobs, with long term prospects for people from across our communities. 

“As a major public sector employer we lead the way in giving the residents of Greater Glasgow and Clyde the chance of employment and hope for a positive future.” 

Dr Noreen Shields, Planning and Development Manager, Corporate Inequalities said: “The NHS is seeing a range of people, both out of work and in work, who are experiencing the stigma of accessing food banks due to increasing poverty. 

“NHSGGC has put in place a range of initiatives on money worries and employment which can make a substantial difference to families and vulnerable patients.” 

New Acute Nursing Care Quality System Launched

Around 300 senior nursing staff attended the launch of the new adult acute nursing standards across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

At the first major event to be held in the new Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Nurse Director, Rosslyn Crocket unveiled the Care Assurance and Accreditation System (CAAS), which is designed to delegate more responsibility and control on wards to the most senior nurses and midwives.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is one of the first Boards in Scotland to implement this new system in Scotland.

Ms Crocket said: “The implementation of the innovative new CAAS programme will bring real benefit to our patients on the wards by ensuring effective close team working and linkages to the core values of nursing and patient care at every level.”

“CAAS gives senior managers the chance to spend more time on patient wards, and gives frontline staff a greater understanding of the high standards they are expected to achieve.

“It is a system of care that will deliver for every patient and be recognised by relatives as a welcome return to consistent quality care.”

Staff in adult acute, inpatient mental health, maternity and paediatrics hospitals all took part, as well as community midwifery, paediatrics, and adult nursing and health visitors.

This “back-to-basics” approach is aimed at ensuring staff, at all levels, have a greater understanding of issues on both the frontline and at management level.

One of the effects will be to release senior manager levels of nurses, the lead nurses and midwives for two days a week from their office-based functions to provide additional leaderships support, work directly with the nursing teams, and spend more time with patients and families.

Women urged to attend their cervical screening appointments

Women across the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area are being urged to protect themselves against cancer by having regular cervical screening.

Following on from 2014’s successful ‘Smear’ campaign, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) is reminding women of the importance of regular testing.

All women aged between 20 and 60 years of age are invited to attend potentially life-saving cervical screening every three years.

To further reinforce the campaign’s message, an advert outlining the importance of cervical screening will be previewed to an invited audience at the Vue Glasgow Fort tonight (Tuesday, 20 January).

The advert, which will be shown before all screenings at the cinema for a month, will be followed by a talk from Councillor Maureen Burke and a prize-giving for people who took part in the ‘Don’t Get Scared, Get Screened’ breast cancer screening initiative.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Emilia Crighton at NHSGGC said: “On the back of last year’s campaign it’s reassuring that the majority of women invited for a smear test do attend.

“However, it’s extremely worrying that in some areas approximately one in three women is not having their regular cervical screening.

“Research shows the main barriers stopping women from attending cervical screening is fear, embarrassment and pain.

“We’re working on developing different ways of encouraging women to attend their appointment. Regular cervical screening is the best way for women to protect themselves against cervical cancer and the test takes less than five minutes.

“I would strongly urge everyone who receives their invitation to take up the offer. It may save your life.”

Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and regular screening prevents eight out of 10 cancers developing. All women in Scotland aged 20 to 60 are offered cervical screening tests every three years and screening saves around 5,000 lives each year.

The screening itself tests for any early changes in the cells caused by a strain of virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is an extremely common virus – more than 100 strains have been identified so far – and they can affect different parts of the body.

However, the high-risk HPV types can, in some cases, cause the development of cervical cancer. The HPV infection can cause changes to the cells of the cervix creating abnormalities that can over the years develop into cancer.

Regular screening is so important as any changes in the cervix can be spotted quickly and any potential problems dealt with.

It is estimated that around 80 per cent of people of reproductive age will be infected with a HPV virus at some point in their lives. These are transmitted through skin to skin contact. It means that it’s possible for anyone to contract HPV through contact with someone who already has the virus.

Stunning New Art Collection brings Flowers Back into Hospitals

As part of the launch of the new South Glasgow University Hospitals (SGUH) and Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is hosting a special art exhibition tonight which will celebrate the remarkable art work which will be on display throughout the hospital when it opens later this month.

Responding to the fact that real flowers are no longer allowed in hospitals, this collection comprises 100 artworks celebrating the beauty, meaning and histories of flowers and in hospital, and the links between environment, health and wellbeing.

Art plays a major role in the new hospital with the 100 flowers project part of the Working Well: People and Places Strategy within the new Southern General Hospitals development.

The exhibition located in the main atrium of in the adult hospital will be lined with pictures and photographs of flowers from the new art collection. There are pink hyacinths, lilies and tulips in a vase. Foxgloves stems bend, festooned with bell-shaped blooms, a Venus flytrap waits with open jaws.

The captivating pictures within the collection are located in waiting areas, family rooms and corridors and are part of the Working Well Strategy which ensured that a focus on the design and healthy environment within the hospital has been maintained throughout the building process.

Other art projects include the way finding project which has distinctive art works located in key areas of the hospital which will help guide patients and visitors to their destination. Distinctive photography will enable each adult ward level to be defined moving from sea level to the Scottish mountains on the 11thfloor. Within the children’s hospital large murals stimulate the imagination of young and old alike with native animals, humorous characters and roads and railway journeys adorning the corridor walls. Another key project involving pictures is in the child and adolescent psychiatry ward where pictures of a cat will be introduced to children to help them identify their emotions.

Jackie Sands, strategic arts and health co-ordinator for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, explains: “Flowers are no longer allowed in most ward areas due to infection control measures, the strategy, which is responsible for all the artwork in the two new hospitals, wanted to “to bring flowers back into hospital” and so the 100 flowers arts initiative began.

“An international call for artists was issued to create a collection of 100 flowers for the walls. We also asked local community groups, our staff and patients to produce images we could use throughout the hospitals to give patients and visitors a sense of wellbeing and connection with the outside world within the hospital.

“We were delighted with the response and the 100 flowers collection includes a range of work from artists, both amateurs and professionals, as well local people and community groups who took the time and effort to produce both images and photos.”

Tonight’s event is an opportunity for those who have contributed to see the range of images available throughout the hospital and a chance for Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to thank everyone involved.

Andrew said: ““I am delighted to be hosting this special event to thank everyone involved in the art projects for the two new hospitals.

“I have been amazed by the images that have been produced and how it has been incorporated throughout the hospital. “Not only does the wonderful artwork on display help people find their way around the hospital but art have been provide to provide patients with a sense of health and wellbeing.”

A range of professional and amateur artists, as well several community organisations across the city, were involved in creating the selected art works, making the collection uniquely democratic and engaging.

Graham Fagen – who represents Scotland at international visual arts event, the Venice Biennale in May – was one of the selected professional artists asked to submit ten works; along with Alec Finlay and Hannah Tuulikki - fresh from her Culture 2014 commission for the Commonwealth Games cultural programme , inspired by the relationship between nature and Gaelic song; and Glasgow based artist James Winnett who responded to the pattern and design of lace manufacturing specific to central Scotland.

Ten works were purchased from Glasgow and Edinburgh Print Studios including previous Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland and renowned artist Elizabeth Blackadder; whilst an open international call to artists resulted in thirty more selected works.

Then, three community based organisations – Art in Hospital, Plantation Productions and Gorbals Youth Café worked with patients, the Govan community local to the hospital and a group of young people respectively, ensuring the project reflected a diversity of ages and experiences across the city.

All of the artists responded to different themes - wild flowers growing around the hospital; herbs referencing early medical research and the ongoing uses of flowering plants in medicine; non-native, stowaway species carried to Scotland in ship’s ballast, subsequently taking root along the banks of the Clyde; and emblematic flowers embodying and exploring cultural identity.

The 100 Flowers exhibition launch is part of the Lateral Thinking conference taking place at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, on April 9th, exploring the sustainability and impact of arts and creative programmes in healthcare settings.

For more information on the 100 Flowers Collection or the Lateral Thinking conference please contact: Jackie Sands Strategic Arts and Health Coordinator NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde [email protected] or Clare Phillips Curatorial Project Manager 100 Flowers – Gingko Projects [email protected] or Lorraine Wilson - Senior Arts Officer Glasgow Life, [email protected]

NHSGGC and Glasgow City Council Help More People Leave Hospital When Ready

A campaign urging Glaswegians to put a Power of Attorney (PoA) in place has seen a 34% rise in 2014.

Run by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and Glasgow City Council (GCC), the message has been so successful that other Boards across Scotland are joining the campaign and boosting awareness in their own areas.

The campaign, which has been running since the end of 2013, aims to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about establishing a PoA. This allows a designated person to step in and make the right decisions in the event of friends or family falling ill and being unable to make their own decisions.

Nearly a year and a half on from its inception, the campaign has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people across the city putting a PoA in place. During 2014 there was been a 34% rise in the number of people across Glasgow and Clyde registering a PoA with the Office of the Public Guardian and an 18% rise across Scotland.

Unfortunately, there are still large numbers of people entering hospital unable to make decisions for themselves who haven’t appointed someone to act as their Attorney. This can lead to a delay in people being able to leave hospital when their medical treatment is complete.

Councillor Archie Graham, Joint chair of the shadow Glasgow Health and Social Partnership, said: "The ‘Start the Conversation’ campaign has had a tremendous impact and has undoubtedly encouraged more people to appoint an attorney for their affairs.

“I have no doubt that many people would have remained in hospital for much longer than necessary without the effort to highlight this very important issue.

“Appointing an attorney can protect you and your family should an accident or ill health affect your ability to make decisions for yourself.

“Going to hospital can be a very difficult experience but it can become distressing if someone is unable to go home because they no longer have the ability to make decisions for themselves.

“At such stressful times the last thing anyone needs is to be faced with a mountain of red tape, but that can be the reality of the situation if power of attorney is not in place.

“Arranging for an attorney can help people avoid a delayed discharge and that is something we all want to see.

“The ‘Start the Conversation’ campaign has already been a big success and that shows the benefits of Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde working together.

“I will be very pleased to see this campaign spread as widely as possible as it will help people when they are at their most vulnerable.”

Jill Carson, Adult Services Manager, NHSGGC, added: "We’re delighted with the success of the campaign. Almost 20,000 people have now viewed the PoA website. The figures show that people are often seeking out further information on the website after watching one of our TV adverts.

“However, we know that there are many more people still to take this important step.

“Having a PoA in place can make a real difference by ensuring that loved ones' wishes are carried out quickly without prolonged legal negotiations.

“Without a PoA people can be in hospital for longer than they need to be and this can contribute to a loss of independence.

“Many people still don’t realise that their next of kin can’t act for them if they become unable to make their own decisions due to accident or illnesses such as stroke or dementia.

“We want people to appoint an Attorney - someone they trust - so that they don’t need to worry about their future should they be unable to manage their own affairs.

“When you are the Attorney for someone you love, it means you can make decisions about their welfare and their medical treatment as well as manage their financial affairs. We want everyone in Glasgow to make plans for their future by choosing someone to be their Attorney."

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