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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 2019

Staff achievements
Following on from our own annual Celebrating Success awards, the Scottish Health Awards offer an opportunity at a national level to recognise the tremendous work that NHSGGC staff do.  

This year, NHSGGC was particularly well represented amongst the winners with four of the awards being presented to our staff. Many congratulations go to Helen Scott for the Therapist Award, Dr Erica Peters who won the Leader of the Year Award, John Bain who took the Dentist Award and our Royal Hospital for Children Theatre Reception Team who won the Top Team Award. Congratulations must also go to East Renfrewshire volunteer, Anne Marie Kennedy, who won the Volunteer Award.

It’s not only our front line teams who have been gaining recognition for their work.  Well done to Paul Reid, our Corporate Transport Manager, who recently won the Scottish Fleet Manager of the Year title at the annual Transport News Scottish Awards.

Managing winter demand
Winter has arrived and we have already seen activity at our Emergency Departments and Assessment Units increase. I know that the past few weeks have been challenging for staff and I want to thank everyone involved for responding to this demand and continuing to see patients as quickly as possible.

This year, we have worked closely with HSCP colleagues on our winter plans to identify where extra capacity in both community and acute services can be created to meet the winter demand.  

We have received extra funding from the Scottish Government to further invest in our winter planning which will enable us to open extra beds.  We also plan to expand front door capacity at the Queen Elizabeth with the introduction of a modular Minor Injuries Unit which was delivered on site on Saturday 30 November and will reduce pressure on the hospital’s Emergency Department. We hope these measures, and the others in our winter plan, will help ensure we are well placed to cope with winter.

Royal Hospital for Children
As you will be aware from media reports, there continues to be significant scrutiny of the QEUH/RHC.

Seeing such negative reports in the media can be demoralising for staff. In such circumstances, I would like to thank all staff for continuing to provide a safe, effective and high quality service, day in and day out, which is prized and valued by our patients.   

As some of you are aware, an unannounced HEI inspection took place recently at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus.  This initial feedback from this visit has been positive and inspection team were very appreciative of the support from staff whilst they were on site. The full report will be published on 13 February 2020 and we will share the findings when they become available.

As you may know we reopened ward 6A to new patient admissions last week. This was following an internal investigation and an external review by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) which found no links between individual infections and no source of infections in the ward. A link to the HPS Report and our statement in response is attached for information.

Once again, sincere thanks from myself and the Board for your continued dedication and hard work.



Jane Grant, Chief Executive