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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 - January 2018

In this edition Jane talks about: team work to be applauded; NHS 70th anniversary; and New Year’s Honours.

Team work to be applauded
2018 certainly got off to an extremely challenging start – and with flu rates continuing to rise we can expect the next few weeks to keep all of our services under significant pressure.

The public and media focus is predominantly on hospital emergency departments but the pressures brought about by winter viruses and bugs and weather related accidents impact on all our services across all of our hospitals and community services.

Throughout the festive period – and beyond – I have been hugely impressed by the response from NHS staff and from the team work between health and social care partnerships and acute services.

During such times of pressure it takes a real team effort to meet the needs of patients.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your dedication and application during these times of such pressurised demand.

NHS 70th anniversary

This year sees the 70th anniversary of the NHS and NHSScotland and the Scottish Government are working with a wide range of partners to mark the event.

The actual anniversary is July 5th but events are expected to take place throughout the year – including the launch of a dedicated NHS Scotland website detailing some of the key milestones and developments over the past 70 years.

In Greater Glasgow and Clyde our web team will update the website we created to mark the 60th anniversary and bring it bang up to date with the stories and events of the last decade.

If you plan a local event to mark the anniversary in your ward, hospital, health centre or other place of work then let our communications team know so that it can be photographed or recorded in some way for publication on the website or in our staff magazine “SN”.

To find out a bit more about the 70th anniversary and the plans to celebrate it, visit:

New Year’s Honours
Congratulations to three of our staff and a former chairman of the Board for receiving awards in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary rheumatology consultant Rajan Madhok was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Dr Madhok has raised more than £1m for renal research for the Darlinda Charity for Renal Research – a charity in the name of his late wife.

OBEs were also awarded to Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of Glasgow Dental School and also to Professor Sally-Ann Cooper who is an NHSGGC honorary psychiatrist.

Our former Chairman Andrew Robertson was awarded a CBE. Andrew served for 20 consecutive years in the NHS as a non-executive director and Chairman of both the Greater Glasgow Primary Care Trust and also NHSGGC Health Board before standing down in 2015.



Jane Grant, Chief Executive