Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer visited NHS Tayside beginning her visit with a meeting with Chief Executive Malcolm Wright and Nurse Director Gillian Costello.
During her visit Ms McQueen, accompanied by the Nurse Director, spent time at Kings Cross Hospital where she heard from nursing, midwifery and allied health staff about a range of ongoing improvement projects. Projects included mental health, child protection, neonatal services, school nursing and the roll out of the Excellence in Care programme. A display of posters captured examples of improvement work, providing a valuable opportunity for Ms McQueen to chat with the key staff involved with each project.
NHS Tayside’s health visitor and family nurse services have become the first in Scotland to be accredited as Unicef UK Gold Baby Friendly services. The prestigious Gold award was launched in 2016 as the next step for services that are currently accredited as Baby Friendly and consistently meeting the Baby Friendly standards
Ms McQueen acknowledged the work that has taken place to achieve both the Silver and Gold Awards, praising staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment.
Baby Friendly accreditation is based on a set of standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. They are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support their health and development.
Whilst at Kings Cross Ms McQueen attended the Professional Governance Leadership Team meeting before returning to Ninewells and ending her visit to NHS Tayside with a meeting with Chief Executive Malcolm Wright and Nurse Director Gillian Costello.