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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 - December 2018

Ready for winter

Our winter plans are in place to ensure we are as prepared as we can be for the inevitable increase in demand across all of our acute and community services.

I want to thank everyone involved in helping to put these extra resilience plans in place.

The success of our Winter Plan is reliant on a number of key elements including additional bed capacity if needed, patients accessing healthcare appropriately and ultimately the dedication and support of all staff.

Whilst we can do something about the risks of flu it is unfortunate we can’t stop bad weather – so here’s hoping the experience of last winter’s “Beast from the East” doesn’t come back to bite Scotland again this time around!

Many thousands of us are already vaccinated against the worst effects of flu but for those of you who are not yet protected please contact your local peer immuniser and get the jab.

Staff response was impressive

I want to thank facilities and clinical staff for the way they responded and coped with the challenges we faced when our Cowlairs decontamination unit had to temporarily suspend sterilisation processes.

A great many staff really applied themselves to resolving this complex issue with a determination that enabled disruption to be kept to a minimum and the unit to be brought back into operation as swiftly as possible.

A significant number of our patients had their planned procedures postponed during this period and this will have caused great inconvenience to them. I clearly regret this but now our attention is to fully focus on getting those patients re-appointed as quickly as possible.

Ending 2018 with success

We’ve celebrated many staff achievements during the year – culminating in last month’s Chairman’s Awards and notable success in the Scottish Health Awards.

So it is with great pleasure that I learn of yet more success in December to top and tail 2018 with another flurry of achievements.

Congratulations to Dr Ioanna Nixon, Head and Neck and Sarcoma Oncologist at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, who has been honoured with a prestigious UK Fellowship for her work in raising the standard of patient care.

Well done to Marina Di Marco, Principal Neuromuscular Physiotherapist at the Royal Hospital for Children, who has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Muscular Dystrophy UK.

And, finally, my congratulations go to Madeline Wilson and Brenda Kirk on receiving a Queen’s Nurse Award. Both Madeline (Clinical Team Lead for district nursing) and Brenda (Clinical Nurse Specialist and Team Leader supporting children with additional needs) are based in Renfrewshire and have been recognised for their passion and commitment in their respective roles.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive