NHSGGC staff scoop top awards

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff have been recognised for their efforts in using technology to improve the health of their patients at a recent awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

The Holyrood Digital Health and Care Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the growing digital health and care sector in Scotland and staff from NHSGGC were shortlisted in six categories this year.

First up for a gong was the Board’s ‘Beating the Blues Team’ (BBT) who reach out to people who suffer from mild to moderate mental health issues, helping them to access specialised care. The team was recognised for their dedication to their patients in the Accessing Mental Health Care Award category.

The team’s innovate approach has allowed many people who suffer from mild to moderate mental health conditions to access specialised care and treatment from a place of their choice, at a time of their choice without having to attend for an assessment appointment. This is particularly helpful for the significant amount of individuals who continue to work despite their conditions, have child-care commitments or feel stigmatised by their difficulties.

Another winner on the night was Director of eHealth William Edwards, who won the Digital Leader Award category.

William led in the development of the ambitious NHSGGC Digital Strategy 2018 – 2022 which sets out a long term plan for digitally-enabled transformation of healthcare. This means that digital is now embedded as never before in the Board’s work and vision. He has made significant contributions to regional and national digital health developments, such as the patient portal ‘proof of concept’.

Jane Grant, chief executive said: “I am so proud of all of our staff who were shortlisted for last night’s award. The strength of their nominations shows how far NHSGGC has come in using technology to improve outcomes for our patients every day.

“Despite being in post for just 18 months, William has created a flourishing ‘can-do’ culture that promotes effective, long-term digital transformation and importantly has brought clinicians and staff with him.

“I am also delighted that our ‘Beating the Blues Team’ have received the recognition they deserve. This small team has shown initiative and created a service which reaches out to a people who have never accessed specialised psychology services before.

“In the short time they have been up and running they have had a very great impact on the patients they care for - an achievement which is all the more remarkable by the exceptionally small size of the team involved.