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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 - June 2017

In this edition Jane Grant, Chief Executive talks about: Everyone has a part to play; teenage cancer trust is showcased on BBC; and clinical trials is a game changer. 

Everyone has a part to play

Our response to the cyber attack last month was commendable at all levels of the organisation.

And it wasn’t just the eHealth teams who pulled out all the stops and demonstrated very high levels of expertise and professionalism to ensure services were protected.

In our hospitals and in our communities healthcare professionals worked alongside social care colleagues to comply with IT security instructions and tackle the situation with a resolve to minimise patient impact.

The response from individuals and teams was both impressive and appreciated.

Only a few days later we were once again facing a security threat of a different nature. The impact of the Manchester Terror Alert across the whole country was significant and once again resulted in a tremendous co-ordinated team response from every part of our NHS.

Our civil contingencies team were superb in co-ordinating the whole-system response.

The events in London this weekend highlight the need for continued vigilance on the part of us all. I want to thank all staff for their support and response to these alerts and also to the many individuals who fed back with suggestions to improve security.

The collective and individual responsibility shown has been very impressive.

Our story showcased throughout the UK

One of the best ways to showcase the dedication and expertise of our healthcare professionals and the impact on the lives of patients is through the lens of a camera.

For several months our clinical and managerial teams in the Teenage Cancer Unit of the Royal Hospital for Children have been working closely with a BBC documentary unit to follow four young patients through their cancer treatment experience.

The stories focus on Declan, Natasha, Connor and Nairn – capturing their highs and their lows; and their courage and fears. Doctors Ronan Kelly, Nicholas Heaney, and Fernando Pinto provide real clinical insight and compassion that portray so well what so many of our staff come to work to deliver for patients.

There is a lot to be proud of in the services our staff provide every day. Some of it we capture and share with the communities we serve in our digital Health News magazine.

However, this powerful 30 minute documentary will showcase our wonderful Teenage Cancer Unit and the staff who work there to millions of people throughout the UK when it is screened on the BBC 1 UK network at 7.30pm on
June 26th.

I have asked our communications team to secure a promotional clip or two to share with staff through Core Brief before the programme broadcasts - a sort of sneak preview just for us!

Clinical trials and research is a game changer

The research and development culture within NHSGGC has always been strong.

Clinical trials are a real jewel in the crown of our NHS helping us attract the very best and brightest clinical talents to Greater Glasgow and Clyde… and delivering huge benefits to our patients.

We have a track record of success in this area of innovation and research going back many years.

But now we are experiencing a whole new level of development and leading edge activity that was captured in a truly inspiring presentation to our Board members by our Director of Research and Development Professor Julie Brittenden who is also Glasgow University’s professor of vascular surgery.

More than 550 non-commercial trials and a further 250 commercial studies got underway in the past year alone.

Driving this agenda forward are more than 427 principle investigators supported in their ground-breaking work by our outstanding clinical infrastructure facilities.

The advancement of technologies and treatments is the goal but perhaps the most immediately impressive statistic is that more than 10,000 of our patients are benefiting from taking part in these world-leading clinical trials across a whole spectrum of treatments ranging from cancer to biomedical engineering – and everything in-between.

NHS Scotland’s ambition is to be recognised globally as an attractive place for health science. NHSGGC is in the vanguard of that ambition and delivering daily increased benefits for the health outcomes of our patients.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive