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NHS Shetland’s primary care services manager Lisa Watt has been shortlisted for this year’s Scottish Health Awards for her work with GP surgeries and her contribution to the rollout of the Covid vaccination programme.

She has been nominated for the 2021 People’s Choice Award and is one of six finalists from across Scotland.

Lisa Watt.

The Shetland community is being asked to throw their weight behind Watt so she can bring home the accolade, which is now decided by public vote.

The winner will be announced at the Scottish Health Awards ceremony on 4 November.

The People’s Choice Award recognises NHS individuals and teams who have responded to the challenge of caring for people during the pandemic, while at the same time maintaining a range of essential services and continuing to provide essential care.

NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson said Watt and the vaccination and primary care teams sustained services while also rolling out the biggest ever vaccination programme against a backdrop of public fear and uncertainty.

“Lisa worked tirelessly to lead our primary care response at a time when we were all taking strain,” he said.

“I am delighted and very proud that one of our own has been shortlisted for this incredible recognition.

“Now, we need to get our votes in and show Lisa our gratitude and appreciation.”

The person who nominated Watt described her as “logical and practical” but with a “striking sense of humour”.

The nominator said she was “fundamental in ensuring that GP practices were kept informed daily as Scottish Government information was updated and released”.

“Staff from practices were consistently given guidance and advice from Lisa as this information became available,” they added.

To vote for Watt, visit the Scottish Health Awards website.

Alternatively, call 0800 031 9104 and key in her four-digit code, which is 0004. Voting will close on 8 October.