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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 - September 2017

In this edition Jane Grant, Chief Executive talks about: Excellence shining through, new induction film, views & ideas wanted and the annual review.

Excellence is shining through

The standard of entries to the 2017 Chairman’s Awards has been absolutely fantastic this year and reflects the enthusiasm and dedication of so many staff right across all our services.

The judges met a few days ago to scrutinise the 300 + entries.

Their job was not an easy one and I want to take this opportunity to thank those staff and patients who took the time to nominate individuals and teams for their outstanding care and professionalism.

They’ve now whittled it down to a short-list in each category and over the next few weeks the final listings of Silver and Gold contenders will be announced through Core Brief as the final arrangements are put into place for the prestige Celebrating Success Awards Ceremony evening on November 6th. The event will also see the announcement of the overall FTFT winners for each of the participating directorates, divisions and partnerships participating and the prestigious Cullen Prize.

And only a few days ago it emerged that Irritable Bowel Disorder research nurse Lisa Gervais had been shortlisted in the UK National Nursing Times awards in the Nurse of The Year category. We will find out if Lisa, who is based at the Royal Hospital for Children, clinches the top award in November.

I’m further encouraged to learn that NHSGGC has also topped the nominations list with almost 50 entries to the Scottish Health Awards 2017 – that’s a record number of nominations from peers and public and patients.

Good luck to everyone in contention for the upcoming awards.

Induction film captures our culture

A new staff induction film has been created highlighting the values and ambitions of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the ethos of patient centred care.

It’s key that we’re all committed to the core NHS values of: Care and Compassion – Dignity and Respect – Openness, Honesty, Responsibility, Quality and Teamwork – and we use these values to guide us in all that we do.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is a great organisation with a huge pool of terrific talent. We are committed to equality and diversity – to a zero tolerance toward racism, sexism and homophobia.

We have access to some of the finest facilities and resources in the country but it is the values and attitudes we demonstrate as individuals that make the biggest difference to patients and their families.

These key messages are important for new staff joining our organisation – but I also believe it is important that we all remind ourselves of the opportunities we have to impact very positively on the lives of thousands of patients and their families no matter what job we do as part of NHSGGC.

That’s why I have asked that the new induction film be made available on our HRConnect section of our website and on StaffNet. A Core Brief providing a link to the short film will be issued over the next few days.

Your views and ideas are wanted

Excellent staff communications are vital to the success of any organisation.

This ensures that we all understand our role, helps develop an optimistic and confident workforce and ensures that we all appreciate each other and the diversity that exists in the team.

iMatter - the annual confidential NHS staff questionnaire – is a very good opportunity to provide feedback about you, your team, your line manager and the organisation.

I also, however, believe it is important that staff can feel able to contact me and my senior leadership team at any time with ideas to help us deliver better patient care and to share ideas about how we can become more efficient.

There will be many opportunities and ideas that you might have to save money and ensure that every NHS pound is spent effectively. Taxi usage, energy efficiencies, replacing travel with conference calling … many small changes can contribute to large economies.

If we were all able to reduce spending by £18 per week we would save £50m and put our finances on a strong and sustainable footing.

I am opening up a new direct “ideas” to the CEO and the senior team which will go live in September. I really do want to hear your views about improvement and efficiencies. Information about the new direct email ideas line will be cascaded widely to all staff over the next few days

Annual Review date

Our Annual Review with the Cabinet Secretary for Health Shona Robison takes place on October 2nd in the Teaching and Learning Centre on the Queen Elizabeth University campus. Many patients and public representatives traditionally attend the open session which is also open to any staff who are free to attend.

The public session starts at 2pm and runs through until 3.30pm. If you wish to attend you can register at:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 0800 027 7246 between 9am and 5pm

However if you can’t make it along on the day our communications team will make available the presentations, an at-a-glance performance leaflet and a short film capturing some key activities shortly.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive