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Team Brief 2017

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 - July 2017

In this edition Jane Grant, Chief Executive talks about: talent and ambition to meet challenges; investment in facilities and reasons to be proud.

We have the talent and ambition to meet our challenges

After three months in post I am encouraged by the pace of progress we are making to meet our key performance challenges.

In that time I have had some very positive discussions with many colleagues across our services and I have seen strong support to achieve true integration of acute and community health and social services.

There is a strong desire to work constructively as a whole system to improve the services we provide to patients and their families and I am committed to supporting this drive forward at a pace.

Over the past few weeks I have met and talked in detail with many colleagues.

This has reinforced my belief that we are an organisation rich with talent… and that by working more closely together in teams we can deliver against the challenges we face and truly integrate our services and more consistently deliver on a range of important issues.

I’m committed to the promotion of a values-based culture in our organisation with increased staff engagement and communication.

Investment in our facilities – better for staff and for patients

We often talk of the financial challenges facing the NHS Scotland and also in our own Board.

There’s no getting away from it: new and more expensive drug treatments and technologies put pressure on finite resources. Population demographics also add extra pressures and demands on health and social care services.

Identifying cash saving schemes is an ongoing requirement for us all… but we shouldn’t lose sight of the programme of on-going investment.

Work starts this month on two new £17m health and social care centres in the Gorbals and Woodside areas of Glasgow and plans are progressing for new centres in Greenock and in Clydebank.

Our mental health facilities are also seeing major investments to improve quality of life for patients and working conditions for staff. At Stobhill a new elderly patient’s ward is being built while the £2m refurbishment of the existing Tate ward is almost complete.

On the Gartnavel campus the Orchard wards are undergoing a major upgrade costing more than £3m and at Glasgow Royal Infirmary more than £650,000 is earmarked for improvements.

A whole raft of other investment schemes will see well over £1m spent at both Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Paisley’s RAH while the Vale of Leven will benefit from more than £500,000 of improvements.

We already have some of the best healthcare professionals and support staff in the country and we’re matching that with some of the best facilities in the country too.

Many reasons to be proud

There are many reasons to celebrate success in an organisation the size and complexity of NHSGGC and it is great that we get a chance to do so at our annual staff awards event.

Nominations are already flowing in for the 2017 Chairman’s Awards and now the national NHS Scotland Awards.

But we shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to recognise success so I want to congratulate a few of our staff here and now for flying the flag for NHSGGC and for NHS Scotland in recent weeks.

Firstly, congratulations to Professor Brenda Gibson who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the work of the Royal Hospital for Children where she is the clinical lead for Haematology and Oncology.

I also congratulate the Stobhill TCAT (transforming care after treatment) project team who won the Quality of Care Person-centred poster abstract award at the NHS Scotland conference event… and also say well done to the 35 others who were shortlisted for their work.

But it’s not just winning awards that reflect well on our reputation as a world class provider of health care with patients at the centre of everything we do. Greenock nurses June Doherty and Suzanne Taylor made me very proud to be part of NHSGGC when I heard of actions while they were off duty and keeping fit at their local boxercise class. A woman had collapsed and stopped breathing during the class and both stepped in swiftly to use their life saving CPR skills while waiting for paramedics to arrive. The woman was rushed to hospital to recover and her family have praised the skills and fast intervention of our nurses.

Well done to all.

If you know of someone who deserves recognition you should nominate them for a Chairman’s Award and enter them for the national NHS Scotland awards.

All details on how to enter the Chairman’s Awards are available on our website:

Details for the national Scottish Health Awards can be found by visiting:


Jane Grant, Chief Executive