NHS management trainees from across Scotland have faced the ultimate challenge when they were asked to refurbish a run-down flat in East Renfrewshire ‘Changing Rooms’ style.
The mammoth task was part of the management trainees’ community challenge, which aims to give the trainees the opportunity to experience key aspects of management and team working, and to solve practical problems by working together.
The challenge involved refurbishing a flat in the Barrhead area which was badly in need of a makeover, and the team from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Ambulance Service were on hand to do just that.
Rhona Galt, Trainee Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The challenge was to decorate and furnish a housing association flat for a person with learning disabilities in Barrhead.
“There was no furniture and no resources to decorate or furnish the flat. Part of the challenge was sourcing materials and furniture from local businesses and charitable organisations.
“The team wanted to bring a genuine improvement to the client’s quality of life and we worked with the client and the client’s Community Learning Disability Nurse involving them both in the refurbishment plans as much as possible.”
The project allowed the team to develop their management skills in project planning and management, problem solving, decision-making and team work. They were also given an understanding of working directly with users and carers, and the important role of volunteer groups and volunteers.
Rhona added: “This was a difficult, but rewarding challenge and the team had a lot of fun doing it. However, we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of local businesses.
“In particular, we would like to thank Voluntary Action for all their support and assistance, Grahams Plumbing Supplies - Glasgow, who supplied the new toilet, Brownside plumbers, who installed the toilet and Carpetronics - Paisley, who supplied and fitted floor coverings in the bathroom, hall and TV room. These companies all provided their services free of charge.”
The team would also like to thank:
Marks & Spencers - Paisley
Tesco - Barrhead
Dobbies Garden Centre- Dykebar
Instore - Barrhead
Hardware Store - Barrhead
Marks & Spencers Simply Food - Glasgow
IKEA - Glasgow
Asda - Paisley
Voluntary Action UnderCOVER - Barrhead
The Bed Shed - Paisley
FADS - Paisley
Focus DIY - Paisley
Showcase Cinema - Paisley
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Press Office on 0141 201 4429.