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Award-winning staff of the Health and Social Care Partnership.

By the Editor

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), which has been severely criticised for its performance by outside bodies this year,  has celebrated its “caring, compassionate and dedicated” employees at an awards ceremony.

“Nominations were received from across all areas of the HSCP in recognition of the great services delivered by staff to improve and enhance the lives of residents,” a council media release told the sceptical press and public as it handed out the gongs.

That is not to say however that the performance of individuals was due criticism, but the department has had a difficult time since this joint partnership was introduced.

And it is remarkable that it has embraced the idea of publicity for this when, only last year, the Council communications department refused to give details of the unelected chairperson of the HSCP –  Allan MacLeod. 

Unelected Allan MacLeod and Beth Culshaw – proud to be handing out awards.

The media release states:

The Our Patients award went to the Health Visiting Teams who were praised for their innovative approach looking at new and existing opportunities to help families. The team deliver a high standard of care, knowledge and skills to support new mums with infant feeding and achieved the GOLD sustainability award from UNICEF for achieving baby friendly standards.

Kerry Begg received the Our People award for being instrumental in leading employee moves to Hartfield Clinic and the Council Offices in Church Street.  During the relocation, Kerry took charge to ensure it was a smooth transition for all involved.

The Our Leaders award was presented to Jo Winterbottom for developing a Substance Use Prevention Strategy. Jo demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in addressing the complex public health issue of addiction.

The Our Culture award was presented to Dumbarton Day Centre staff who worked together to improve the health and well-Allan MacLeodbeing of services users.  The team used various forms of engagement to improve the health of their clients including introducing a conversation café and interview panel to increase communication and feedback form service users.  This successful approach is now being used across the Learning Disability Service.

The Our Resources award went to Karen Runciman MSK Physio who successfully streamlined the health records for every new patient seen in the MSK service.  The service, which operates across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, receives 80,000 new referrals each year. Previously 7 pages of data were required for each new patient and Karen successfully moved these referrals to an online system, helping to free up clinical time to rehabilitate patients.

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Chair, Allan McLeod, said: “It was a pleasure and very humbling to be in the company of our dedicated employees who have the care and welfare of our residents at the heart of everything they do.  We have so many employees who are all worthy of an award win for going above and beyond to care for our residents.  I would like to congratulate all the winners and I wish them well at the national awards in November.”

HSCP staff awards 2019West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Vice Chair, Councillor Marie McNair, pictured left, added: “Congratulations to all of our winners who thoroughly deserve the recognition for the great work they do in helping our residents live their lives either at home or in one of our care homes.  Every one of the winners has gone that extra mile and it’s fantastic to see their efforts, dedication and commitment being recognised at these awards.”

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Chief Officer Beth Culshaw, added: “It makes me extremely proud when I see and hear of staff within the partnership that regularly go above and beyond what is expected of them. These awards are our way of publicly thanking our staff and highlighting the great work they all do on our behalf.”

All winners will attend the NHSGGC Celebrating Success Event in November where overall winners in each category will go forward for the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Chairman’s Award at the NHS National Awards.

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