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2015 winners

On November 16 2015, 350 invited staff gathered to celebrate the best of the best in NHSGGC at a glittering awards ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow where we announced the 2015 Chairman’s Award winners and the Facing The Future Together overall award winners.  
For only the second time in the six year history of the Chairman’s Awards we presented a Judges Award of Excellence. The judging panel were so impressed by this nomination they agreed that it should be recognised by this special award.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “Firstly I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated by either a patient or fellow member of staff.  To be regarded so highly by others that they nominate you is an honour in itself.

 Both myself and fellow judges were blown away by the very high standard of entries this year.

These awards present an opportunity to celebrate and applaud the achievements of colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding levels of skill, dedication, professionalism and patient care.

This has been a tremendous year of achievement and challenge for the whole organisation as we redesigned significant parts of our acute services and entered into new, bold and significant arrangements to align health and social care in our communities.

Despite the immense challenges the core values of patient care have never been more at the heart of NHSGGC and the staff who are at the centre of everything we achieve and strive toward.”


To read more about the winners of the Chairman's Awards, click on the links below.

Clinical Practice

This award recognises the importance of staff innovation which helps and improves everyday practices in the workplace and/or approaches to patient care.

GOLD WINNER – Stroke-vision


The team developed and tested an “app” called Stroke-vision, which assesses patients for common stroke related visual problems and also serves as an information resource for stroke survivors, carers and healthcare professionals.

Improving Health

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

GOLD WINNER – West Dunbartonshire: Care at Home Pharmacy


International Service

This award recognises staff who have travelled overseas to provide healthcare to people in a in a war torn or third world country.

GOLD WINNER – Gerry O’Hare


Gerry travelled to Palestine to educated nurses who have severely limited access to educational materials about the latest advances in cancer care.


This award recognises nurse(s) who demonstrate the best qualities of patient care and the ethos of nursing. 

GOLD WINNER – Irene Gallagher


Irene was nominated by her peers for her unique thoughtfulness, kindness and care towards her patients and fellow colleagues. She strives to make people feel happy, safe and cared for (a wee cuddle is
always there if needed).

Patient Centred Care

For staff from different departments, directorates or services, who are working together in new and co-operative ways to improve the way we deliver services to our patients. 

GOLD WINNER – Palliative Care Team, Glasgow Royal Infirmary


This unrivalled team go the extra mile taking time with families and patients at a difficult time to explain the sometimes bewildering events that may be overtaking them, with humanity and empathy.

Using Resources Better

Specifically for staff who have increased efficiencies in the way they work or deliver services more effectively.

GOLD WINNER – Recovery Housing


An innovative partnership approach providing high quality recovery orientated housing opportunities designed to sustain personal recovery and community reintegration.

Volunteer/Patient Ambassador

Recognising members of the public/staff who provide outstanding help and support through volunteering. People who go that extra mile, contributing tirelessly for the benefit of others.

GOLD WINNER – Margaret Millmaker


Margaret’s unwavering commitment to patient and service user involvement and her belief in partnership working has earned her the greatest respect amongst senior managers, staff and other volunteers.

Special Judges Award of Excellence

This year the judges panel unanimously agreed to make a special judges award. This is only the second time in the six year history of our Chairman’s Awards that the judges have felt the need for such special recognition.

The nomination came in from a colleague who was struck by the compassion, care and thoughtfulness of this particular young nurse.
The entry told a story of how this nurse went the extra mile to help support a most vulnerable young mum who had just suffered a heartbreaking bereavement.

The judges felt this entry summed up all that is worth celebrating within the NHS culture of caring.

The nurse in question worked in the Schiehallion Unit of the Royal Hospital for Children at the time. She has since gone to work in Robin House, a children’s hospice on the banks of Loch Lomond but we are delighted to welcome back Louise McPhail and recognise her outstanding nursing qualities.

WINNER – Louise McPhail


Last Updated: 05 November 2019