NHS Tayside staff celebrate Masters graduation

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Carol (left) and Ashleigh at their graduation ceremonies

Two members of staff have recently celebrated their graduations after successfully completing Masters degrees.

eHealth systems support technician Carol McCorkindale undertook a MSc studying Computing and Data Engineering at Dundee University which was part-funded by the NHS Tayside Education & Training Endowment Fund.

Carol, who has worked in NHS Tayside since 2006, completed the one-year course while continuing to work part-time.  She graduated in November with Merit and has since returned to work full-time in eHealth.

Carol said, “I could not have completed the Masters degree without the funding from NHS Tayside, nor the support and encouragement from work colleagues.  It has helped me achieve a lifetime goal and advance in my career.”

Director of eHealth Jenny Bodie congratulated Carol on her achievement.  Jenny said, “Carol has worked so hard balancing work, home and study and put in an enormous amount of effort to gain her qualification.  It has been wonderful to watch her progress through the course and gain in confidence.  All her colleagues in eHealth are very proud of what she has achieved.”

Ashleigh Henderson, who is a project officer with Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership, also graduated recently from a Masters course at Robert Gordon University.

Ashleigh already has a BSc with Honours and recently gained an MSc in Science Health Promotion and Public Health. As part of her Masters level study, Ashleigh focused her research dissertation on why men engage with community and health-related opportunities.

Clinical & professional team manager Lindsey Griffin commended Ashleigh for her enthusiasm and commitment to lifelong learning.  Lindsey said, “Ashleigh has worked incredibly hard to complete her MSc, balancing time intensive study, a challenging work role and a busy home life.  I am delighted to congratulate Ashleigh on her wonderful achievement and look forward to seeing where her passion for learning takes her next.

“Given Ashleigh’s role, her learning contributes to her main aim of enhancing quality of life and personal resilience for individuals and groups within our Perth City communities.”

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