Feedback wanted on active travel to Ninewells

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NHS Tayside is encouraging people to give their views about opportunities for active travel on their journey to Ninewells Hospital.

The active travel study is being carried out in partnership with Dundee City Council to review the existing active travel infrastructure at the site to identify possible improvements.

The aim of the study is to deliver a range of actions to encourage and enable more patients, visitors and staff to travel to the site using healthy, low cost travel options such as walking, cycling or taking public transport.

Members of the public, patients, staff and visitors or anyone who travels to Ninewells regularly is being encouraged to give their views on what can be done to make it better to walk or cycle and use scooters, wheelchairs and buggies in and around the hospital site.

There are a number of ways that you can do this:

  • Visit Placecheck map to record your comments at locations where you would like to see improvements (please note that a quick registration process is required)
  • Email your comments to
  • Come along to share your views with the team on the main concourse on Tuesday, 26 February from 10am-6pm, and at the staff canteen on level 5 from noon-2pm


Have you nominated your NHS Tayside STAR?

We’ve received 398 nominations so far for this year’s STAR Awards.  Have you nominated your shining STAR?

Members of staff and the public can recognise their STARs by nominating at

Last year Margaret McMillan who is a ward assistant at ward 6 in Ninewells Hospital won Outstanding Individual (non-clinical) Silver Award. Here is what she has to say about her experience.

Now in their third year, the STAR Awards celebrate the individuals, teams and services working within NHS Tayside that deliver outstanding patient care or go the extra mile in their job.

You can nominate your NHS Tayside STARs in six categories – Outstanding Individual (clinical), Outstanding Individual (non-clinical), Outstanding Team, Innovation in Practice, Quality/Service Improvement and Inspiring Educator.

The different award categories mean that staff working in all job roles across the organisation can be nominated, including frontline medical staff, those working in the community, our support service staff and those who work behind the scenes in our research labs, medical records or other ‘hidden’ departments who may not deal with patients on a day-to-day basis.

If you believe you know an unsung hero or team of heroes who have really gone that extra mile, it is quick and easy to nominate your own STAR at

Anyone who has difficulty accessing the website or who needs assistance to complete the nomination form can call 01382 632021.

Closing date for nominations is Friday, 1 March at 5pm.

Members of the public can also nominate their NHS Tayside STARs in the Outstanding Individual (clinical), Outstanding Individual (non-clinical) and Outstanding Team categories.

What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.

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BMJ Open Quality subscription

NHS Tayside is providing staff with access to a one-year subscription of BMJ Open Quality.

BMJ Open Quality is a journal dedicated to publishing high quality, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. Articles covering original research, local, national and international QI projects, value based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work are all considered.

BMJ logoThere is a one-year subscription to the BMJ Open Quality available courtesy of NHS Tayside ACT funding. The subscription includes free access to many BMJ online modules in Quality and Safety but also the opportunity to submit your improvement work for publication.

Click here to access the online modules or submit your work for publication

For more information please email

RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 – deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entering the prestigious RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 has been extended until February 15th.

The awards, the profession’s top accolades, offer nurses, students and healthcare assistants a chance to share their innovations and expertise while celebrating their contribution to making patient care better and improving outcomes.

Managers can show how much they appreciate individual nurses and teams by nominating them.

WebEntries are open to individuals and teams in 20 categories covering the diversity of nursing.

The Patient’s Choice category, which gives patients an opportunity to nominate a nurse or healthcare assistant who has made a difference to their lives, will be decided by a public vote.

Yvonne Coghill CBE, NHS England’s director of workforce race equality standard will chair the judging panel and said, “We know nurses are incredibly busy and we wanted to give them more time to share their excellent practice with us, and in turn the rest of the profession. We look forward to reading about the difference nurses are making to patients all over the UK.”

Visit for more information or to enter.

About the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019

  • RCNi Nurse Awards Ceremony 2019 will be taking place on Wednesday 3 July 2019 at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza, London
  • The RCNi Nurse Awards are in their 32nd year and are the most prestigious such accolades in nursing.
  • The 20 categories for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 are:

Team of the Year
Innovations in your Specialty
Infection Prevention and Control
Excellence in Diabetes Care
Promoting Continence
Skin and Wound Care
Respiratory Nursing
Student Nurse
Healthcare Assistant
Commitment to Carers
Mental Health Practice
Learning Disability Practice
Excellence in Cancer Research
Cancer Nursing
Nursing Older People
Community Nursing
Child Health
Emergency Nursing
Patient’s Choice

An overall winner from the above categories will be named Nurse of The Year

Tayside Palliative & End of Life Care MCN celebrates its first year


The Tayside Palliative & End of Life Care Managed Care Network (TayPEOLC MCN) Steering Group met recently to review the progress made since its launch in October 2017 which is reflected in the first Annual Report.

This captures the breadth of activity, engagement and collaborative/partnership working during that time.

The finishing touches were also made to the MCN Workplan 2019-2021 which builds on this progress and outlines the areas it will be focusing on to improve the quality of palliative and end of life care for the people of Tayside.

Read the latest newsletter from the group here – it includes dates of meetings and workshops to be held during the year.

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Specialist bath seats donated to Glenlaw House

The Glenlaw Parents Group presented two specialist bath seats to Glenlaw House at Kings Cross to help children feel more comfortable to enjoy their bath time.

Glenlaw House provides respite and short breaks for children and young people aged up to 18 with severe profound learning disabilities and complex healthcare needs. The facility provides care to 34 children and young people from across Tayside and north east Fife.

The two specialist bath seats costing £730 were bought with money raised from the Glenlaw Parents Group’s Open House and a coffee morning at the Glenlaw House open day held by Dundee East MSP Shona Robison.

Allan Petrie, Chair of the Glenlaw Parents Group, said, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to buy these specialist bath seats for Glenlaw House to enhance our children’s respite stay.

“We couldn’t have bought these without the generosity from the general public. We thank them all for their support and look forward to their continued support in the future.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of Glenlaw House, senior charge nurse Christine Dempster said, “The new bath seats are greatly appreciated and will allow the children and young people accessing Glenlaw House to enjoy a sensory bath much more comfortably.”

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Donation to Intensive Care Unit in memory of Lizzie

A cheque for £3,150 was presented to the Intensive Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital in memory of a past patient.

Money was raised by friends and family of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kindness who sadly passed away in October 2018.  Lizzie’s friends organised a celebration of her life, her workmates held a raffle and her employer, Multi Packaging Solutions in Arbroath matched the total raised.

Sheenagh Howard said, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to donate this cheque to the ICU.  The care that Lizzie received was wonderful.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Intensive Care Unit, senior charge nurse Catherine Watson said, “This very generous donation will be used to fund the painting of two murals in the ICU side rooms so that patients have pleasant and relaxing scenes surrounding them.”

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