The Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Andrew Robertson, today congratulated staff who scooped four prizes in this year’s Scottish Health Awards.
Mr Robertson said: “We are incredibly proud of all the staff within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and particularly so of those who have been successful in the Scottish Health Awards.
“It’s a great testament to the work they do day in and day out, saving and enhancing lives.
“Congratulations to them all!”
After fighting off stiff competition from across the country, the winners were praised at a dazzling ceremony at Edinburgh Corn Exchange last night, Thursday 11 November 2010.
The full list of winners from Greater Glasgow and Clyde includes:
• Therapists Award- Scott Smart, Phoenix House Rehabilitation Centre
• Equality in Healthcare- Attiq Asghar, Equality and Diversity Officer
• Mental Health Team Award- Renfrewshire Intensive Home Treatment Team
• Cancer Care Team Award- Janice Watt, McMillan Cancer, Easterhouse
Worthy winner Scott Smart, picked up the Therapists Award for creating the innovative football programme, Tackling Recovery, in association with Queens Park and the Scottish Football Association (SFA).
The new project aims to reduce stigma, increase physical activity, and encourage confidence and self esteem in mental health carers and patients.
After taking inspiration from the World Cup in South Africa, Scott worked tirelessly to unite people suffering from severe and enduring mental health problems.
Another grateful winner at last night’s ceremony was Janice Watt and her team at MacMillan Cancer Care Information Centre in Easterhouse.
The caring team of professionals scooped the Cancer Care Team award after a thankful husband nominated them for their advice and support during a difficult time.
Speaking in his nomination form the man details how his life was turned upside down when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009. He said, “Janice has been such a wonderful person to us, she has led us through this sometimes frightening and confusing journey to emerge as stronger and happier people.”
Janice and her team have managed to help more than a thousand people affected by cancer. All of the team are highly trained to provide information and support to cancer sufferers. This valuable service provides details on all aspects of cancer from treatment options and pain relief to managing money worries.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The winners of this year’s Scottish Health Awards have been recognised for making a special contribution to healthcare.”
“With over 280 nominations received across 17 award categories, many of these from patients and the public, these awards give us the opportunity to recognise and thank those individuals and teams who are already making an outstanding contribution to the health service in Scotland.”
“All nominations showcased excellent examples how individuals, teams and local NHS systems are working together with patients, families and carers. I would like to congratulate the winners and the runners up for their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the quality of care delivered by our NHS which I believe is amongst the best in the world.”
The Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the commitment and hard work of those who work in, and with, NHS Scotland to provide an outstanding level of care to the public.
To view the full list of finalists, or for more information, please visit www.scottishhealthawards.com
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