AHP support officer and project lead Wendy Meldrum was voted Scottish PA of the Year at a national conference.
Wendy was crowned the winner of the award at the Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs in Scotland (ACES 2020) and was the only health and social care finalist for Scotland.
The award aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of those professionals who continually strive for excellence and go beyond the call of duty within their position. This year there were a record number of nominations from across industries and three finalists were invited to the conference and awards event.
Director of Allied Health Professions Karen Anderson nominated Wendy for the award saying, “Wendy is genuinely an outstanding PA. Organized and efficient, she is a critical and fabulous member of the team. No ask is too small and no challenge too big. As our sole permanent member of staff, she supports five staff on a daily basis, is our lead for the quarterly newsletter, delivers training on poster design, answers IT queries, coordinates our webpage and social media and welcomes the opportunity to give people experience in administration.
“This year though she surpassed (and surprised) herself. She is the first PA to secure an NHS Education Scotland (NES) AHP careers fellowship. Her project was deemed critical and innovative and so she was awarded a year’s funding for training and dedicated time to lead a project on preparing the AHP workforce for transfer to electronic records.
“However, what NES didn’t know was that to participate in training and attend workshops, Wendy was going to have to figure out travelling by train on her own as she is dependent on two walking sticks and had never had to travel by herself. She of course managed this and has grown in confidence and skill over the year showing she’s a great example of dedication and professionalism.”
Wendy said, “Being nominated for this award was amazing as to me I am just doing my job. It is a real pleasure to work in the AHP Directorate, therefore to be recognised and shown appreciation for work that I enjoy doing just makes it all the better. Then to be shortlisted to the final three and win the award, I was completely overwhelmed but absolutely delighted.”