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Team Brief 2017

Team Brief is the monthly communication to all staff from the Chief Executive which is cascaded throughout the organisation to give local managers the opportunity to add to the core corporate messages and localise them. A feedback facility ensures that Team Brief addresses the issues raised by staff.

A full archive of Team Brief is available on StaffNet (you must be on the NHS network to access).

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Team Brief - May 2019


More recognition for NHSGGC staff and services

This past few weeks have seen a number of staff gaining recognition and plaudits for the excellent work they do.

Well done to our catering team who have won the prestigious Catering Service of the Year at this year’s Hospital Caterers Association awards. The team was honoured for its work in devising nutritious meals, working with dieticians and patients and meeting the varying dietary requirements of our patients. I was delighted to see that their achievement has also been recognised in a motion at the Scottish Parliament.

Helping people to stop smoking is a key health improvement goal. It was therefore fantastic to see our smoking cessation services recognised for their work supporting Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation. In a Board area where smoking rates are still higher than average, the award recognises our team’s outstanding work towards reducing the harm caused by tobacco across our communities.

This month’s honours were topped off by the tremendous news that Glasgow Royal Infirmary has been named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the world. The GRI is the only Scottish Hospital to make the list, which was based on recommendations from medical professionals, patient survey results and clinical performance indicators. All staff who work in the hospital can be rightly proud of this recognition.

Realistic Medicine

The latest annual report of the Chief Medical Officer has been published and focuses on providing a personalised approach to care.

Based on listening to and valuing the views of the people who work in the NHS and the people we look after, the report contains a number of important messages for us all.

It includes recommendations from a Citizens’ Jury on Shared Decision Making, which was developed to support people and their families to engage at every level in health and social care.

The report also outlines the need to reduce harm, waste and unwarranted variation in care across Health Boards as well as championing innovation and improvement.

In NHSGGC there are already many good examples of realistic medicine. It forms an important element of our Quality Strategy and our Moving Forward Together Strategy.

Alastair Ireland has been appointed as Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine to work with colleagues to take forward this important agenda.

If you want further information about Realistic Medicine, you can read more at or contact NHSGGC’s Clinical Lead for Realistic Medicine Alastair Ireland at [email protected]

Working together to achieve financial balance

Over the past 12 months, we have asked everyone to make a contribution to our financial improvement programme and to suggest better and more efficient ways of working through our Small Change Matters scheme.

I am therefore pleased to report that we have been able to deliver financial balance for 2018/19 (subject to the annual audit process).

Significantly, a greater proportion of efficiency savings for 2018/19 were on a recurring basis than a non-recurring basis which puts us on a better footing for 2019/20. I want to thank everyone for playing their part in this achievement.

Work is well underway to consider how we can continue to address the costs of pay and non-pay inflation, prescribing costs and service developments within the resources available to us in 2019/20.

Comments/feedback: [email protected]

Jane Grant, Chief Executive