Dedication to the health service was the theme at the Celebrating Excellence awards for NHS staff in the Borders.
The awards covered a wide spectrum of the services provided by NHS Borders staff.
The chairman’s award went to the Margaret Kerr Unit at the Borders General Hospital and the Specialised Palliative Care Team.
Chairman of NHS Borders John Raine said the event at Springwood Park in Kelso had been a special night for all involved.
He commented: “All of the finalists and winners were very proud and indeed humbled to have been nominated and recognised for what they consider to be simply doing their job.
“I thank everyone who nominated and contributed to making the evening such a success. This was the second Celebrating Excellence Awards and it is now firmly embedded in NHS Borders annual calendar and I am already looking forward to next year.”
The Rising Star Award
Marie Morrison is an individual who, in the course of her studies or work placement, has shown impressive dedication and commitment to furthering themselves and supporting the work of NHS Borders. Marie, a Student Nurse, East Brigs, is a mental health student with the Open University. She has shown herself to be dedicated and committed to her nursing studies. She goes above and beyond what is expected of a student nurse and as well as working all the hours allocated in her course, she has arranged days in addition to shadow other members of the multidisciplinary team to gain insight into their role and how the different disciplines mesh.
The Behind The Scenes Clinical Award
The Behind The Scenes Clinical award recognises an individual or team who may be out of the limelight but who provide invaluable support to frontline services or colleagues in other teams.
As Director of Medical Education, Dr Roddy Campbell has overseen improvements in the facilities, support and educational provision available to medical students and foundation doctors here in NHS Borders. He has managed the creation of the only dedicated medical education facility in NHS Borders – the Archie Cochrane Medical Education Room in the library. All his efforts have made a significant positive impact on the experience of medical students and doctors in training in NHS Borders.
Improving Health Award
The Improving Health Award recognises an individual or team who have made a real contribution to improving the health of colleagues or members of the wider public, or are helping people take control of their own health.
The Community Food Workers team of four develop and deliver a range of practical food- based initiatives to promote the importance of healthy eating. The sessions delivered, support families by enabling them to make positive choices and make sense of the vast array of food advice and dietary recommendations in a fun and non threatening way. They help promote a healthy lifestyle and support schools to deliver health and wellbeing in a hands-on practical way.
Innovation and Improvement Award
The Innovation and Improvement award recognises an individual or team that implemented changes, through inspired, creative or original thinking, which have improved the experience of patients, families and carers, or colleagues.
The winning Borders Emergency Care Service (BECS) have consistently sought creative solutions to the current challenges of delivering a high quality, safe unscheduled care service and has identified short and long term solutions, redesigning the service to create a sustainable model for the future.
Chairman’s Award 2015: The Margaret Kerr Unit and the Specialist Palliative Care Team.
To recognise their outstanding contribution to the organisation, for upholding the NHS Borders values and for demonstrating true excellence.
The Behind The Scenes
The Behind The Scenes Non-Clinical award recognises an individual or team who may be out of the limelight but who provide invaluable support to frontline services or colleagues in other teams.
Grant Laidlaw, is NHS Borders Commissioning Project Manager who has set up a referral redirection process and in doing so provides invaluable advice, guidance and support to patients, GPs,consultants and other providers. The impact of Grant’s work has been a significant reduction in the number of non-tertiary referrals being sent to other providers, ultimately ensuring that services in the Borders remain sustainable for the Borders population.
Clinical Excellence Award
The Clinical Excellence award recognises an individual or team demonstrating initiative and personal motivation to provide exceptionally high quality and safe care.
The winning team from East Brigs represented the first ward in NHS Borders to undertake innovative small tests of change to improve their work in risk assessment and safety planning as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. The staff team have worked extremely hard to ensure that patients feel safe in the ward and that any risks of harm are reduced whilst involving them in their care and making sure it is person centred.
Leading By Example Award
The Leading by Example award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills by showing genuine concern for others, mentoring or supporting and enabling the development of people and services and inspiring and motivating others.
Linda Gray, a physiotherapist, has worked in NHS Borders for over 22 years. Linda has consistently surpassed expectations in her pursuit of professional excellence, she has modelled exemplary leadership, and she strives to improve the experience of patients, colleagues and students. Linda’s calm and compassionate manner ensure staff feel at ease and valued as she organises the busy Physiotherapy work environment with grace and skill, while also meeting her day-to-day responsibilities.
The Partnership Working Award
The Partnership Working award recognises an individual or team who has exemplified partnership working to ensure service development or improvement.
In 2012 Dr Olive Herlihy collaborated with medical education leads in NHS Lothian and NHS Fife to pilot a standardised induction programme.
In August last year the programme was rolled out across NHS Borders, NHS Lothian & NHS Fife for Foundation Year One doctors in the form of the South East Scotland Virtual Induction Passport. Dr Herlihy is overseeing the roll out of this innovative partnership to all doctors in NHS Borders, including locums, from August 2015, which will result in a consistent, efficient and safe induction that benefits everyone but ultimately the patients.
Supporter Of The Year Award
The Supporter of the year award recognises an individual or team who volunteer or support the organisation, provide an outstanding service and have shown exceptional commitment to supporting the work of NHS Borders.
Winner James Marjoribanks, as chairman of ‘the difference’ has been heavily involved in fundraising for the Dialysis Unit, Children’s Ward, The Lavender Touch and the most recent appeal which raised the £4.1 million for the Margaret Kerr Unit. Everything that James does is in addition to his day job as an accountant in Galashiels. His unselfishness and commitment to ‘the difference’ and the work of NHS Borders is outstanding.
The Person Centred Award
The Person Centred Care award recognises an individual or team who deliver high quality care while being responsive to individual needs and preferences. They are open and honest with service users and treat everyone with care, compassion, dignity and respect.
The Community Children Nursing Team provide care for children at home and in their wider community. They provide a wide range of care options related to each child’s individual needs and provide a service that covers children with life-threatening or terminal conditions, complex healthcare needs, acute illnesses/conditions and chronic conditions.