Time to applaud the 2018 Platinum Award winners
This year has been very special for everyone associated with the NHS - celebrating the 70th anniversary of this wonderful institution has seen some very special events take place nationally and in and around Glasgow and Clyde’s hospitals and community services.
But for me tonight is the highlight of those celebrations and that’s why I’m proud of the creation of the 2018 Chairman’s Platinum Awards to be presented tonight in our true celebratory style!
As always the hundreds of nominations across all the various categories were terrifically inspiring to read. The judges always have a really tough task short-listing only three or four in each category and this year was even more challenging than normal.
Tonight will also see us make a little bit of NHS history. As Chair of the recently formed NHSScotland Global Citizenship Programme Board I am proud to announce that tonight will see the presentation of the first formal Global Citizen Award.
Many, many healthcare professionals give their time and expertise to volunteering across the world. NHS staff are quick to respond to humanitarian disasters such as earthquakes, famine and flood. They travel the globe to tackle disease and improve health where hope is often all that exists.
That spirit of internationalism is in abundance in Scotland’s NHS and the Global Citizenship Programme is tasked with recognising and celebrating the immense scale and breadth of these activities and also to support more to be able to make a difference by using their skills to tackle poverty, injustice and gross inequality.
Other Global Citizenship awards will be announced by Scottish Health Boards in the months and years ahead … but tonight I’m delighted that Greater Glasgow and Clyde will lead the way for others to follow!
John Brown CBE