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Thomas Harrison

Tommy Harrison, leads by example as proved by the projects he has led over the years to improve the lives of patients in forensic services.

As a health improving hospitals lead at Rowanbank Clinic, Tommy became a role model for patients and colleagues by carrying out a “personal overhaul” through losing weight by adopting a healthy eating lifestyle and running marathons for charity.

He introduced a number of initiatives, above and beyond his core job, including producing a major report reviewing inequalities services for forensics and developing a referral scheme with the Forestry Commission provided therapeutic activity and work skills which was recognised for a humanitarian award by the UK public health association.

Tommy also organised a study of stigma involving staff and patients which became an academic paper.

On top of this he organised arts and film projects for the national mental health festival and helped to produce a film with the Scottish Government for carers.

He said: “What motivates me is to make the clinic a better place to be in for both patients and staff.

“I also like to do things which will push and really sell the service and try to be at the cutting edge of what we can do.

“For example we were the only in-patient service to take part in the Forestry Commission project ‘Branching Out’ and being out in the open positively changed the dynamics between patients and staff.”

One of his two nominators described Tommy as “an inspirational and highly respected nurse who goes above and beyond the call of duty for his patients and work colleagues.”

He went on: “Tommy is always approachable and enthusiastic and exactly the type of person that you would want to care for you if you were experiencing mental illness and emotional distress.”