Appeal for staff to join STAR Group

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NHS Tayside’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Group is looking to recruit more members who can bring enthusiasm, ideas and a desire to support recognition of our fantastic colleagues.

Our Staff Appreciation and Recognition Working Group needs you!

  • Do you feel that staff should be recognised and appreciated for the great work that they do?
  • Do you already have, or wish to develop, a way of doing this within your area of practice?
  • Would you be able to attend a meeting for up to 90 minutes every six to eight weeks, to help support staff recognition and appreciation initiatives across NHS Tayside?

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to all three of these questions then we would love to have you as a group member.

If you are interested, please contact us at:

Ministerial visit for Health & Work Support Pilot


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The Health & Work Support initiative is a two year trial of a new access channel which sees health and work services in Dundee and Fife being aligned together. Health & Work Support encompasses the former services of Working Health Services and Fit for Work and is being delivered by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.

Health & Work Support provides health support for people who are in work and dealing with health issues, are off work sick or are unemployed up to six months. The initiative acts as a single point of contact for individuals who are finding that a health issue or disability is making work difficult for them.

It also aims to provide a more streamlined route through the local networks of health and work support available. This early intervention support service is also available to employers, healthcare professionals and Jobcentre Plus.

Mrs Newton was keen to come and meet with some of the team and hear firsthand how the service is working following its first few weeks in action.

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Mrs Newton was welcomed to Kings Cross Health & Community Care Centre by Dr Drew Walker, NHS Tayside Director of Public Health and Executive Director Lead for Welfare Reform, Senga Cree, Lead Health & Work Support, Scottish Government and Wendy Third, Local Lead Health & Work Support, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.

During her visit, the Minister met the Health & Work Support Team and discussed the challenges they have faced getting the service up and running and also met with partner agency staff from the Department of Work & Pensions Universal Credit.

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Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health, Sarah Newton said, “It’s been great to see the excellent work of the team here firsthand, supporting disabled people to get in, and stay in, fulfilling employment.

“Organisations like Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership are leading the way and play a key part in helping us get one million more disabled people into work by 2027.”

Wendy Third, said, “I am delighted that the Health & Work Support initiative is developing and that the  Minister was able to meet with staff delivering the pilot.

“It is still early days for this pilot but the team is working together in partnership with agencies to ensure its success. Linking in health will provide an important additional benefit for people who will be accessing the Health & Work Support Service.”

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The Minister was presented with NHS Tayside’s Director of Public Health Annual Report 2017/18 – Welfare Reform by Dr Walker which includes a section on Health & Work Support.

The Health & Work Support Pilot was launched in Dundee and Fife on 26 June by the Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, Jamie Hepburn. The pilot is funded by the UK Government Work and Health Unit and the Scottish Government.

Participants Needed!


EPIC Studies is looking for participants to take part in a COPD study.

They study genes and lung inflammation to understand individual susceptibility to tobacco smoke. The current study aim is to find out why different people are more susceptible or less susceptible to the effects of smoking. This study could help understand diseases like COPD.

Are you over 50? A current or former smoker? It does not matter if you have healthy or unhealthy lungs!

If you are interested, please contact the respiratory team to find out if you are suitable and to find out more information:

Telephone: 01382 383867


Participants will receive £30 and travel expenses.

Staff extortion scam alert

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CFS received notification that at least four NHS staff members have received an email from a fraudster attempting to extort money through a ‘sextortion scam’. These emails are being sent to both work and personal email addresses.

The scam email confirms either part of the staff member’s password or an old password, and states that unless payment is made the fraudster will send video clips to the staff member’s relatives and co-workers.

Should any staff member receive an extortion attempt, please report this to the police via the Action Fraud website:

If you have received one of these emails and paid the fine, report it to your local police office.

One Day Conference on ‘Mastery Learning’

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Professor Jeffrey H. Barsuk, MD, MS, SFHM is coming to Dundee on Wednesday, 15 August.

Jeff Barsuk and members of his Chicago based team that are synonymous with Simulation Based Mastery Learning will be holding a one day conference on ‘Mastery Learning’ and will attend Grand Rounds on Thursday, 16 August.

Jeff Barsuk is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago

He currently serves as Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine residency program and the Director of Simulation and Patient Safety

His team has published over 60 articles on simulation based mastery learning that demonstrate how this training approach improves clinical skills, and patient care and outcomes, while lowering healthcare costs. He has been given several national awards and is sought internationally to lecture on how the use of simulation-based medical education improves patient safety

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 – One Day Conference on ‘Mastery Learning’

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Thursday 16th August 2018 at 1.00 pm – Grand Rounds – ‘Continuing Education and How Mastery Learning May be a Solution

The Gannochy Lecture Theatre, Level 7, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School

All Welcome

Workshop 1: Curriculum Design @ 2.00 pm

Workshop 2: Deliberate Practice @ 3.40 pm

DIHS Surgical Skills Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Level 5, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School

To register please contact:

TQuIP – Tayside’s Quality Improvement Programme open for applications

TQuIP logo.jpgApplications for cohorts 2 and 3 are now open until Friday, 14 September 2018

This Executively-led programme is designed to support staff in Tayside to work with their colleagues to coalesce around an improvement challenge being experienced in their Service.

This is a practitioner level programme and all applicants should therefore have foundation level knowledge of improvement prior to commencing the programme such as completion of relevant e-learning modules and / or experience of quality improvement work.

This programme is available free to all participants and will draw on a range of theories and techniques to inform how we support services, teams and individuals through a journey of learning and improvement.

The programme aims to support participants to achieve the following:

  • Develop an understanding of workplace cultures and climates and how these can be positively influenced
  • Understand evaluation processes within the current system and the problems and or opportunities for improvement which exist locally
  • Design changes to deliver desired improvement, clearly identifying the theory of change
  • Facilitate change in practice with a focus on testing
  • Determine whether change led to an improvement and if so what was it about the change that resulted in an improvement and repeat cycles of testing in light of that understanding
  • Embed and sustain successful change
  • Spread the learning beyond the area of initial focus

For more information, click here