Last night saw a host of our staff and volunteers being recognised for the exceptional work they undertake day to day at the Scottish Health Awards and the Herald Society Awards.
The Scottish Health Awards took place in Edinburgh and staff from NHSGGC took glory in three awards.
Hilary Alba, one of our community midwives, won the Midwife Award category.
Hilary is a community midwife manager with the Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team and manages women with the most complex social needs.
She provides community midwifery service to women who are asylum seekers, have experienced people trafficking or female genital mutilation.
Stuart Yuile won the Young Achiever award for his enthusiasm and commitment to his role as a catering assistant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Stuart joined the team as part of Project SEARCH which provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to gain access to employment and learning two years ago and has gone from strength to strength in his role.
Finally at the Scottish Health Awards the Glasgow Recovery Communities team won the Healthier Lifestyle Award.
The team, made up of over one hundred volunteers with lived experiences, provide support to people recovering from alcohol and drug misuse in the north west, north east and south of Glasgow.
The Herald Society Awards also took place last night in Glasgow and a project in Renfrewshire scooped the Health and Social Care Partner ship Award.
Community Connectors is a partnership between three Third Sector organisations, Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and primary care services.
A link worker (employed by Recovery Across Mental Health – RAMH) is based in the GP practices, offering 40 minute appointments to patients who are frequent users of primary care services, but whose issues are much wider than the presenting health issues.
The link worker can refer patients into local services including housing, money advice and mental health services. Referrals can also be made into the two other partner organisations, Linstone Housing Association and Active Communities.
Linstone offers support to people with complex housing issues and Active Communities works with people to support them into local groups and activities.
The service, which was initially tested in three GP Practices and has now been rolled out to all 29 in the area, is very popular with GPs, and analysis of case studies shows that we can reduce GP attendances by linking people with more appropriate services.
John Brown, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We are very proud of the work all of our staff do on a daily basis, and particularly so of our staff who have been celebrated at the Scottish Health Awards and the Herald Society Awards.
“The fact they won is a great testament to the work they do day in and day out and I’m delighted their efforts have been recognised.
“On Monday night there will be another special event for staff from across NHSGGC when approximately 400 people will gather together to celebrate ‘all that is great about the NHS’ and we announce this year's Chairman’s Award winners and the Facing The Future Together overall award winners.
“Once again this year we have been overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries across the range of categories and it is extremely encouraging that every year the entries to these awards showcase the true quality of our workforce and their commitment to delivering the very best in patient care.”
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