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Out and about with the chairman

I started September with a visit to the William Quarrier Conference Centre in Govan, where the Board held our bi-monthly meeting.

As this meeting included a discussion on our approach to public engagement on service changes, it was particularly well attended by the public and the media. I’m pleased to say that the public interest in the Board’s proposed changes to the services we deliver at the RAH Paediatric Unit, the IRH and VoL Community Maternity Units, the Centre for Integrative Care, and Lightburn Hospital has continued and we expect to have a wide range of input to the discussions on these proposals at our next meeting of the Board.

I’ve also spent a considerable amount of time in Edinburgh meeting with fellow NHS Board chairs, chief executives and senior civil servants to discuss NHS Scotland’s Transformational Change Programme. This is the wide range of strategies, projects and initiatives that are being developed to deliver the Scottish Government’s vision for health and social care in Scotland from 2020 onwards. I’m pleased to see opportunities being created for NHS staff to be included in this work on how the Government’s policies will be implemented and I expect you will hear more of this over the coming months.

I visited the Chemotherapy and Haemato-Oncology Day Unit at the New Victoria Hospital and was impressed by the quality of the care the staff there provide. This unit is also a good example of where the move to a new building has given staff facilities that better meet their requirements and the needs of patients.

I also made a return visit to the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit to attend the official opening of Horatio’s Garden. This is a great addition to the facilities available for the treatment of patients and I’d recommend a visit to any staff based on the QEUH campus.

I next attended the Teaching & Learning Centre at the QEUH to present the Annual SVQ Awards. This marked the completion of development programmes for more than 114 staff with the achievement of SVQ, ECDL and ILM awards. Everyone I spoke to was enthusiastic about this approach to training and development and I’d encourage all staff to consider if this might be an opportunity you should pursue.

I welcome suggestions for other groups of staff or locations for me to visit; email: [email protected]