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Published 14 September 2018

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) 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.

The Our Patients award went to Crosslet Day Care Services for transforming support for older adults.  The new approach moved away from the traditional day services offering visitors physical activities and promoting a healthy lifestyle by encouraging individuals to improve their mobility as well as their physical, mental and general health and wellbeing. Activities included walking football, bench walking and funky boxing. The result has been a marked improvement in mobility with visitor’s zimmers being replaced with walking sticks and more people using the stairs. This recognises work of staff in modernising our services for the benefit of service users.


Alison Baird received the Our People award for the successful roll out and development of the electronic e-health scheme within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Services. Alison successfully led and supported the Physiotherapy staff across the service with the introduction and on-going development of an IT system.  Alison transferred the whole service from a paper based diary system onto an electronic booking system. This new system has had a very positive effect on the service quality in both efficiency and effectiveness with benefits to both staff and patients.


The Our Leaders
award was presented to the Work Connect Specialist Employment Service team for their resilience following a fire which destroyed their building and its entire contents.   Along with the employability service for vulnerable groups, the building was used by Addiction and Mental Health Services and also a base for two permanent members of staff. Within 10 days the service was reinstated following the swift actions of staff to secure equipment and an alternative base.


The Our Culture
award was presented to the Sickness Absence Project, Mental Health Services for their commitment in reducing sickness absence within Mental Health Services after it reached a peak of 21% in teams and 33% in wards. The service agreed to implement a local long term absence management clinic in a bid to support employees back in to work. Following the introduction of the clinic, sickness absence reduced from 21% to 6% and 33% to 5%. The clinic ensures employees receive a dedicated, focused, supported and inclusive approach to their absence management which focuses on the employees overall wellbeing


The Our Resources
award went to Dina Gilfillan for the successful implementation of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) training within a Care Home. More than 70 care workers responsible for monitoring the health and wellbeing of residents were chosen to receive the training and to reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed for UTIs. This is the first time this bespoke training package has been delivered in a Care Home within West Dunbartonshire.  The training demonstrates the ongoing commitment to integration and partnership working within the HSCP.

During this year’s awards ceremony, there was also special recognition for the dedicated staff who continued to deliver services in the face of the first ever Red Weather Warning to be issued in Scotland. HSCP staff worked tirelessly through the snow to deliver vital services to vulnerable residents.

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Chair, Allan McLeod, said: “It was a pleasure to be in the company of so many 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 recipients of an award winners and it was a real challenge to whittle it down to just one winner in each category. I would like to congratulate all the winners and I wish them well at the national awards in November.”

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Vice Chair, Councillor Marie McNair, added: “Congratulations to everyone who nominated and our overall winners who thoroughly deserve the recognition and thanks for the great work they do.  It was great to see the special award go to staff who continued to provide essential services during the severe weather earlier this year.  Every one of the winners has gone that extra mile and it’s fantastic to see their efforts, dedication and commitment have been recognised today.”

West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Chief Officer Beth Culshaw, said: “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 publically 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 will go forward for the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Chairman’s Award at the NHS National Awards.