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Improving Health

Improving Health

Commending staff who have a Healthy Working Lives idea or have implemented an initiative to improve healthy eating, smoking cessation or improving mental health.

Dr Smith is a consultant forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist who provides care to improve the mental health of...

Dr Smith is a consultant forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist who provides care to improve the mental health of young people in secure care.

Since Dr Smith took up her post she has been extraordinary in meeting the needs of this very vulnerable group of young people. She has been working with the young people directly, increasing their access to mental health services for diagnosis and treatment.

Dr Smith’s commitment to this group of young people permeates many levels, supporting staff, leading on research, advocating for the young person, liaising with families and social workers. At every stage ensuring the child is centre.

There is a significant move away from criminalising the young person’s behaviours to understanding it in a wider context i.e. the impact of the traumatic life events they have experienced. Whilst their behaviours can be very challenging, Dr Smith has worked with staff to increase their understanding and develop the teams supporting the young people with the most complex mental health conditions

Her dedication, expert knowledge and passion is apparent in all her interactions with young people, parents and staff, in the unit.

Above all, it’s her genuine interest in the young people, which is reflected in 100 per cent attendance at her three-weekly clinic.

 

Carol Sellar, nursing support sister, is passionate about staff receiving their flu vaccination and also very passion...

Carol Sellar, nursing support sister, is passionate about staff receiving their flu vaccination and also very passionate about making it as easy as possible to get vaccinated.

That’s why she became a peer immuniser.

Carol used posters to advertise that she would go to staff to vaccinate rather than them taking time out to come to her. She also purposefully went round wards checking if staff wished to be vaccinated and explained rationale for vaccination encouraging uptake.

She attended huddles and single-handedly managed to vaccinate 510 staff in Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI), including nursing and medical staff and all of the senior management team

Carol has made herself known these past couple of years as a peer immuniser she is now recognised in all corners of GRI, with staff stopping her and asking for the flu jab.

She also arranges ‘mini clinics’ in wards and different areas of the hospital if there are a handful of people looking to be immunised.

Carol’s approach was exceptional and led to her achieving the highest number of peer vaccinations of staff across all of NHSGGC.

Yvonne is the rota coordinator at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and is the key link between junior doctors and the con...

Yvonne is the rota coordinator at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and is the key link between junior doctors and the consultants and was acutely aware of the additional pressure short notice rota gaps causes on the service.

The results of a survey of the junior doctors and return to work interviews, indicated that with the hectic nature of the specialty, time to reflect and discuss on an independent basis could be improved upon.

Yvonne set to work initiating a conversation with one of the consultants and developed a 'buddy' system which has been implemented on induction of the new junior doctors. So far this has been extremely well received. The 'buddy' will be someone more senior who can guide and support the doctor, however not in a supervisory manner.

Yvonne has turned her hand to many new skills with the aim of improving the experiences of the junior doctors. They have found her support invaluable and in turn this has allowed for Yvonne to be a member of the team they rely on and trust.

She uses her initiative at all times and guides this group of staff which allows for all rotas within her remit to remain staffed and safe.