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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 - June 2018


The enthusiasm and imagination of staff planning events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS this year has been absolutely terrific.

The celebrations kicked off with an event on Sunday 3rd  June, "Lap the Gart" when hundreds of staff took part in a fun run around the Gartnavel Royal site.

In Gartnavel’s geriatric orthopaedic rehabilitation wards, staff are organising a showcase of cinema clips from the 1940s along with afternoon tea and a sing along – not to mention a chance for patients to get all glammed up and celebrate their own version of the Oscars.

On 5th July 2018 the Royal Hospital for Children will host one of two national events being held to mark the anniversary.  A children’s tea party with clowns and other entertainers will be followed by a special show in the Medicinema attended by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison.

Also on July 5th STV will screen interviews with staff and patients at the RAH as part of their broadcast celebrations of the 70th anniversary.

Later in the year – the evening of November 5th– we will celebrate the 2018 Chairman’s Platinum 70th Anniversary Staff Awards… so get your nominations in for this extra special year of recognition.


Work begins next month to replace sections of cladding from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children and great care and planning has gone into ensuring this work will cause as little inconvenience as possible.

Last week contractors tested the techniques to clip off the old panels and have them replaced to ensure everything will go smoothly. There will be some temporary traffic diversions required but both hospitals will remain fully operational throughout the works programme which is due to be completed within six months of starting.

Our Facilities and Communications teams will ensure staff, patients and visitors are kept well informed about the various stages of the work and the various stages of temporary traffic diversions around the hospitals.


NHSScotland spends £1 billion a year on prescriptions, with £20 million of this going to waste.

This month, a new staff campaign will be launched in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to help tackle this issue.

The aim of the ‘Speak Up!’ campaign is to increase awareness about the contribution we can all make to the more effective use of medicines, encouraging everyone to act on this and support our families and friends to take action too.

It carries several key messages linked to repeat prescriptions, the use of generic medicines (which are around 80% cheaper than branded options) and the cost of prescribing medicines like paracetamol which can be bought over the counter at low cost.

Medicines waste is a substantial and growing problem in the NHS and I hope that you will all engage with the campaign and consider the issues it raises.

If you have any ideas for driving out medicines waste then we want to hear from you.  Please send your suggestions to


I am also pleased to tell you about our aim to be recognised as a “Carer Positive Employer” by offering advice and supporting staff who have caring responsibilities outwith their work. One of our first actions is to establish a better understanding of the responsibilities staff have for caring for a spouse or civil partner, child or parent and how this may cause conflicting pressures between work and home life.

If you have caring responsibilities please take a moment and click here to complete the feedback survey to help us evaluate what improvements may be needed.


Jane Grant, Chief Executive