Safe management of linen video

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NHS Education for Scotland, in collaboration with Health Protection Scotland, has developed a video outlining the safe management of linen in the healthcare environment which aligns with the NHS Scotland National Infection Prevention Manual.

Linen used in healthcare premises can harbour potential pathogens and extraneous items found in linen at NHS laundries could cause risk to staff who have handled, transported and/or sorted the linen.  Extraneous items in the laundry bags can also damage the washer disinfectors, tumbler dryers and pressing machines, increasing the cost to NHS boards and delaying the throughput of linen.

The aim of this video is ensure safe and consistent practice within NHS Scotland in the handling, segregation and processing of hospital laundry in line with national guidance.

Click here to view the video and for further information

Sexual health module at Edinburgh Napier University

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Edinburgh Napier University has a new sexual health module beginning in May – Sexuality and Diversity: A Contemporary Health & Social Care Perspective.

This is a standalone module delivered through an online learning environment. It can also be taken as part of the Graduate Certificate Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Who can take this module?

The module is intended for professionals who have an interest in sexual health and diversity in practice. It has relevance for individuals working within primary care; children and young peoples’ services; substance misuse services and allied third sector agencies.

What does the module cover?

The module explores sexual health from a socio-cultural perspective, with a particular focus on implications for service provision. Topics include pornography and pornification, sexuality in later life, gender-based violence, and the influence of technology on sexual behaviours (sexting and dating apps). Sexual and gender identities, and the emotional and psychological facets of sexual wellbeing are also explored. The module encourages students to examine their own values and attitudes in relation to the material presented.

What assessment is required?

The assessment is a 1500 word essay on a chosen key concept of the module.

Click here for more information

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Marie’s Angels raise money for ward 32

The Fenton family from Carnoustie raised £22,000 for ward 32 at Ninewells Hospital.

Marie Fenton, who sadly died last year aged 50, started fundraising for a cool cap machine. When she passed away her family continued her fundraising efforts and raised a whopping £22,000.

Marie’s daughter Suszi said, “Our mum wanted to raise money for ward 32. She organised a raffle and BBQ but unfortunately she passed away two weeks later and we wanted to continue her fundraising. We had no idea we would raise so much money.  There was a collection at my mum’s funeral and many people kindly made a donation.

“Lots of people from the local community and businesses kindly donated prizes. My mum was a teacher and a lot of schools in Angus and Dundee held fundraisers and donated half of the money they raised to us. Staff at the local health centre decided not to send Christmas cards and instead donated it to us.

“We also had a sponsored walk. We walked approximately 13 miles from Caledonia Health and Fitness gym in Carnoustie to Ninewells Hospital.

“Lots of people wanted to help and we are very grateful to everyone. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who shared our social media posts and to everyone across Tayside and Fife who donated to the just giving page and donated prizes for the raffle.”

Marie’s son Mickey said, “Our mum was full of life. Throughout her illness she was so positive and kept everyone’s spirits up. The week before she passed away she was decorating the house and fixing the roof!

“She didn’t let the cancer control her, she controlled the cancer. She was not a cancer sufferer she was a fighter. If she was ever upset or in pain, she didn’t showed it. She is an inspiration to everyone.”

Accepting the donation, ward 32 senior charge nurse Alison Inglis said, “Thank you to the family for this very generous donation and for all their fundraising efforts. Many patients experience great concern over the possibility of hair loss during what is already a distressing time. Scalp cooling provides the only real alternative to hair loss with the use of many chemotherapy drugs. Being able to retain their hair means their body image is preserved and they can retain some sense of normality.

“Scalp cooling lowers the temperature of the head and scalp immediately before, during and after administering chemotherapy. This reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles preventing or minimising damage. We currently have two cool cap machines in the department, however due to increasing capacity there is a greater demand for its use.”

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Mickey and Suszi Fenton (seated centre and left) with family members and staff from ward 32


Generous donation to Strathmore Diabetes Centre

Monifieth man Frank McGlone donated £600 to the Strathmore Diabetes Centre at Ninewells Hospital in memory of his wife Betty who sadly passed away in February.

Frank donated the money following a collection from friends and family at Betty’s funeral.

Frank said, “I wanted to do something to say thank you to everyone who looked after Betty. She was diagnosed with diabetes in the mid 1970s. The treatment she received for her diabetes was second to none. She was very well looked after by everyone.”

Accepting the donation, consultant Graham Leese said, “Thank you to Mr McGlone and his friends and family for their kind donation.

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l-r Frank McGlone with consultant Graham Leese


STAR Awards 2019 finalists


Star Awards 2019.jpgHere are the finalists in the NHS Tayside Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards. We received an amazing 752 nominations!

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

The awards offered staff and the public a chance to nominate an individual, service or team in one of six categories for delivering outstanding patient care or going the extra mile in their job.

A multidisciplinary shortlisting panel had the difficult task of choosing just six finalists in each of the six categories. The standard of nominations was again and after much deliberation by the panel we have our 36 finalists.

All finalists will be invited to the Star Awards Ceremony in May where gold silver and bronze awards for each category will be announced.

Well done everyone and here are our STAR Awards 2019 finalists…

Outstanding Individual (Clinical)

  • Alexis Brain – Senior Charge Nurse, Ward 1 PRI
  • Michael Carlin – Speech and Language Clinical Support Worker, Centre for Child Health
  • Nicola McKee – Senior Charge Nurse, Ward 22, Renal Services, Ninewells
  • Vera Stewart – Health Care Assistant, Ward 9, Ninewells
  • Lynn Sutherland – Occupational therapist/Complementary Therapy Coordinator, Roxburghe House, RVH
  • Rhona Weir – Health Care Assistant, Ward 38, Ninewells

Outstanding Individual (Non-Clinical)

  • Wayne Brown – Site Manager, Ninewells
  • Lesley Fairfield – Domestic Assistant, Ward 7, RVH
  • Maureen Forsyth – Ward Assistant, Ward 3, PRI
  • Fiona McGrath – Health Services Link Worker, The Corner
  • Maggie McMillan – Ward Assistant, Ward 6, Ninewells
  • Iona Philp – Macmillan Palliative & End of Life MCN Manager, Ninewells

Outstanding Team

  • Acute Stroke Unit – Ward 33, Ninewells
  • Glenlaw House – Kings Cross
  • Gynaecology Team –  PRI
  • Neonatal Unit – Ninewells
  • Renal Dialysis Unit – PRI
  • Ward 10 – Ninewells

Inspiring Educator

  • Michael Carlin – Speech and Language Clinical Support Worker, Centre for Child Health
  • Laura McEwan – Charge Nurse, Ward 23a, Ninewells
  • Angela McGregor – Staff Nurse, Ward 1, Perth Royal Infirmary
  • Fiona Reid – Physiotherapist, Cornhill Macmillan Centre, PRI
  • Nicola Richardson – Allied Health Professions Practice Education and Teaching Lead, Kings Cross
  • Louise Roberts – Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Ward 7, Ninewells

Quality/Service Improvement

  • Dr Louise Beveridge – Consultant Medicine for the Elderly, PRI
  • Endoscopy Department – Ninewells
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis Clinic – Clinical Investigations Unit, Ninewells
  • Amanda Kean – Senior Charge Midwife, Ward 38, Ninewells
  • Dr Scott Jamieson – GP Prescribing Lead, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Unite Team – NICU/Ward38/Labour Suite, Ninewells

Innovation in Practice

  • AIM Anxiety in Motion – CAHMS MacX/Dundee Education Department, Centre for Child Health
  • Dr Elizabeth Connor – Consultant Dental & Maxillofacial Radiologist, Dundee Dental Hospital
  • Emergency Department Redesign Team – Ninewells
  • Intelligent Liver Function Testing Team – Ninewells
  • NHS Tayside Clinical Photography Department – Dundee Dental Hospital, Ninewells and PRI
  • Medical Device Carrier Unit for internal trauma patient transport – Medical Physics Dept, Ninewells


SIPCEP Update – Quick Reference Guide

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NES has produced a quick reference guide to the Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP).

The guide document can be accessed via the Infection Prevention and Control Staffnet page – Training and Education > SIPCEP or direct from the NES webpage

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Update

NES logo.jpgThe NES HAI Resources Leaflet for 2019/20 is now available.  The leaflet is structured around the SIPCEP layers for the HAI resources and also now includes health protection resources towards the back of the leaflet. 

You will also find on the NES website a matrix document which matches the resources to the target audience groups based on job roles, which may be of assistance when planning local training sessions for staff or identifying training needs for Personal Development Plans.

You can download the leaflet and matrix from the Infection Prevention and Control Staffnet site, follow the link for Training and Education or direct from the NES website:

Healthcare Improvement Scotland webinar: QI Connect with Frank Federico


This month’s speaker at the HIS Quality Improvement webinar series is Frank Federico, R.Ph. Vice President and Senior Safety Expert, Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The webinar takes place Thursday 25 April 2019, 4pm–5pm, UK time.

Frank’s primary areas of focus include patient safety and application of reliability principles in health care. He is also faculty for the Patient Safety Executive Development Program and has authored a number of articles focusing on patient safety.  Frank coaches teams and lectures extensively nationally and internationally.

He is Chair of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP), Vice-Chair of Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Group and an Executive Producer of First, Do No Harm Part Two: Taking The Lead.  He served as Director of Pharmacy at Children’s Hospital Boston and is co-author of the IHI white paper Respectful and Effective Crisis Management and contributing author to Achieving Safe and Reliable Healthcare, Strategies and Solutions.

This talk is a part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland line up of monthly WebEx sessions presented by global faculty. It offers the opportunity to link in from your own desk to learn from national and international leaders in Quality Improvement. To receive WebEx log-in details for this session, click here.

A certificate of attendance will be provided following the session. The QI Connect series now features as an approved resource within ISQua’s Fellowship Programme and The Health Foundation’s ‘Q Initiative’.