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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.

A full archive of Team Brief is available on StaffNet (you must be on the NHS network to access).

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Team Brief - November 2017

In this edition Jane talks about Celebrating Success and the flu vaccination

Celebrating Success

November arrived with a flurry of well-deserved recognition for exceptional success across all areas of our health board.

It should come as a real morale boost to all of us to be part of an organisation that is excelling on so many levels of performance, innovation and patient care.

At our Celebrating Success Staff Awards night on November 6th the feeling of pride was palpable,

Individuals and teams were announced as Gold or Silver winners in the Chairman’s Awards, the overall local partnership and directorate award winners were revealed and the winners of the William Cullen Prize for medical innovation and for education were announced… All to rousing applause from the assembled gathering of 400 staff.

The event was a tremendous occasion and although only a fraction of those who were involved in all the terrific work that merited recognition were present, it is important that we all feel able to share in the success that only comes from team work and dedication and commitment to delivering the best we can for the patients and communities we serve.

Details of all the winners along with photographs from the event are available on StaffNet and have been issued directly through the Core Brief.

External recognition

November has also already brought external recognition for excellence to many of our colleagues.

  • At the Scottish Health Awards 2017 Violet Grant, healthcare support worker at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, won the Unsung Hero Award.  
  • In the Healthier Lifestyle Award category at the national awards the multi-disciplinary team at the Centre for Integrative Care team took the top prize.  
  • The SEARCH project (Support and Education for Alcohol Related Challenges in the Home) won prestigious recognition in the Herald Society Awards for their work in bringing together Carers of West Dunbartonshire and the local HSCP’s Addiction Services to deliver a unique service in the UK.  
  • Our facilities staff have picked up three outstanding awards in the Health Facilities Scotland Awards. They won the Engineering and Energy Excellence Award, the Design Excellence Award and the Paul Taylor Rosebowl for overall excellence.
  • There was also further glory for Eastwood Health and Care Centre winning the Best Primary Care Facility Award at the Building Better Healthcare Awards at a prestigious ceremony in London.

This is all fantastic news. My personal congratulations to everyone involved.

The NHS in Scotland and across the UK is facing significant challenges as we continue to modernise and evolve our health and social care services. Transformational change is required and it will take the commitment and energy of every member of staff to deliver what is required to deliver it.

With the talent we have within our directorates and partnerships and with the support of our volunteers we can go on this journey with confidence.

Flu is a killer: get vaccinated

The threat of a challenging flu season this winter is very real.

The continent of Australasia, experiencing their winter during our summer, acts as a very good advance indicator of what we can expect - and they have experienced the worst flu levels in a decade putting huge extra pressures on health services.

We already know that healthcare workers are far more likely to be exposed to the flu virus – especially during any serious outbreak.

And we also know that the best way to protect ourselves and our patients is the flu vaccination.

I cannot stress enough the importance I place on you getting vaccinated against flu this year.

We owe it to our patients to be protected and fit to care for them in the most pressurised time of the year.

We must all think seriously about our responsibility in preventing our chance of spreading the virus to our patients.

It’s a stark fact that people with a compromised immune system are over 50 times more likely than a healthy person to die of flu, and people with liver problems are 80 times more likely to die.

As I write this Team Brief less than 30 per cent of our staff have protected themselves… I urge those who have yet  to be vaccinated to use the drop-in flu vaccine clinics, take advantage of the peer vaccination programme or make an appointment with Occupational Health to receive the jab.

Full information on all the ways to get vaccinated is readily available through StaffNet, Core Brief and on posters throughout our hospitals and community hubs.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive