HEALTH MATTERS: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde group wins Scottish Children’s Health Award

By Lucy Ashton

The Hospital Paediatrics and Neonatal Rights of the Child Group at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been recognised by the Scottish Children’s Health Awards.

The group has won the prestigious Healthcare Rights Award, which recognises exceptional work and steps taken to advance the healthcare rights of children and young people, with judges hugely impressed by the steps taken by the group to embed the best possible health care in line with the United Nations Convention.

The Royal Hospital for Children-based group is made up of professionals from multiple disciplines, with the aim of providing the best possible care to children, young people and their families. The group also ensures the rights of the child are implemented and up to date, across everything from providing appropriate facilities to guaranteeing that a parent, carer or guardian can be with a child or young person throughout their treatment.

Chair of the Hospital Paediatrics and Neonatal Rights of the Child Group Patricia Friel was delighted and surprised to discover the group had won the Healthcare Rights Award. She said: “It is amazing, I was so surprised as I didn’t even know we had been nominated, so to win just highlights the incredible work of everyone in the group, we’re all very proud.

“I have only been chair of the group since 2020, so this award is for everyone who has played a part in this work. Coral Brady, who is a member of the group, actually put us forward for the award. Coral is so passionate about the quality of health care we deliver.

“We are very humbled to receive this award, I think it shows not only the good work of our group but the importance of having dedicated groups to ensure the rights of children and young people are at the forefront of care.”

The Scottish Children’s Health Awards were created to celebrate courageous children and those who make a difference to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland and the Award judging panel were particularly impressed with the work of the Hospital Paediatrics and Neonatal Rights of the Child Group’s work.

Jamie Redfern, Director of Director of Women and Children Services at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Congratulations to the entire Hospital Paediatrics and Neonatal Rights of the Child Group on winning this award. We’re very proud of the ideas, commitment and steps the group have made to improve patient care.

“This not only recognises all of their hard work but shows the importance of having patient care and the rights of children and young people at the heart of every decision made.”

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