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Team Brief is the monthly communication to all staff from the Chief Executive which is cascaded throughout the organisation to give local managers the opportunity to add to the core corporate messages and localise them. A feedback facility ensures that Team Brief addresses the issues raised by staff.

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Team Brief - November 2016

Together we can rise to the challenges we face

On Monday evening (7 November) I attended our Celebrating Success Staff Awards event and reflected on just how much has been achieved in the past 12 months and indeed over the past few years.

There's no doubt that we all face significant pressures and challenges in delivering and developing patient services and we are all acutely aware of just how significant those challenges are going to be in the immediate years ahead.

In a climate of public sector austerity we need to re-examine everything we do and how we do it to re-align how we best use the resources we have to meet the growing needs and demands of a rapidly changing population demographic.

On watching the Overall FTFT (Facing The Future Together) winners being presented with their well deserved awards last night I realised just how well we are equipped as a workforce to meet all the challenges that are coming our way.

And when we heard the stories behind the winners of the various categories in the annual Chairman's Awards and the inaugural William Cullen Prize winners I was reminded of the compassion and commitment and skill of the people who make up our NHS in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

It is important for us all not to lose sight of the great strides that have been made and the great service that is being delivered.... And the need for more of the same as we continue to Face The Future Together amid quite significant pressures to create new models of safe and sustainable care.

Further communication on specific workstreams will follow.

New digital Health News

As part of an ambitious communications digital strategy the Health News magazine is now being produced online.

It is highly engaging and features video content, high quality graphic design, photography and sharply written content with subtitles alongside spoken dialogue to enhance access to content.

Content includes details of proposed service changes, examples of staff delivering extra special care and stories that will engage and inspire patients, relatives and our staff alike.

Our staff magazine SN will continue be printed monthly as well as delivered online.

Now our public facing Health News has broadened its scope to engage with both the public and our staff and create a new partnership approach to communications with input from some of our closest charity partners including The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and The Beatson Cancer Charity amongst others.

In this time of challenge and change it is vital that we continue to tell the continually unfolding story of our developing NHS through the experiences of our staff and our patients and our other stakeholders.

The digital Health News will be produced at least four times a year and I would encourage staff to have a look and click on the free subscribe link here and to share the link with their friends and family. You can use either your personal email or your NHSGGC email address.

I would also encourage staff to give feedback or suggestions for the development of this important new resource to our in-house communications directorate at:

Comments/feedback to: [email protected]