FIVE awards for the best internal improvement initiatives within NHS Shetland were presented to local health teams during a virtual ceremony last Friday.
The five Excellence in Care winners were:
- Practice education: Student nurse Lois Gaffney for her work to support the wellbeing of other nursing students through the pandemic and how she is influencing the nursing workforce wellness agenda at a national level;
- Innovation in practice: Cardiac physiologist Sean Thuis and the wider cardiac team for the work undertaken to increase the number of complex cardiac tests that can be offered in Shetland;
- Person-centred care: Consultant learning disabilities nurse Gary Docherty and advanced clinical pharmacist Tony McDavitt for providing better prescribing support and review of medications for people with learning disabilities;
- Prevention: Primary care lead Lisa Watt for the work undertaken to improve access to GP practices using the AskMyGP online consultation system which was first implemented in Lerwick and has since been rolled out to Scalloway and Levenwick;
- Partnership working: Laboratory manager Sam Willis for developing and enhancing the local Covid testing service.
Director of nursing and acute services Kathleen Carolan said the main focus of the awards was how different parts of the health service have been navigating the challenges of the pandemic, including many strands of work that are not in the public eye.
Chair of the judging panel Irene Barkby said: “The panel wanted to convey to everybody that what was presented was outstanding.
“What shone through was real evidence of working in partnership and how that has supported quality improvements across a range of services.”
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