Delivering excellence for children and young people in Perth and Kinross

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Outstanding staff and leadership, delivering high quality services, and innovative practice for children and young people in Perth and Kinross have been recognised by the Care Inspectorate in a report published this week.

The report on services for children and young people delivered by community planning partners in Perth and Kinross, found that staff and leaders are committed to driving improvement and delivering positive outcomes to support the health, safety and wellbeing of children and young people at all stages of their lives, from prenatal care right through to adulthood.

For the nine quality indicators considered by the inspectors Perth and Kinross was awarded two ‘excellent’ ratings – for planning and improving services, and for leadership of improvement and change. The remaining indicators included 6 ‘very good’ ratings, and 1 ‘good’.

Since 2008, strategic inspections have consistently highlighted exceptional leadership and an extremely strong and ambitious vision for child protection and children’s services in Perth and Kinross. To maintain excellence over this period is an outstanding achievement and a tribute to the highly committed, caring and compassionate staff delivering services to children, young people and families across our communities.

Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said, “The health, wellbeing and safety of our children and young people is one of the most important areas of responsibility for any public sector organisation. This inspection report confirms that this is a high performing area delivering real outcomes for our communities. The strength of leadership recognised by the inspectors, as demonstrating a “compelling vision” and “culture of highly aspirational partnership working” can be seen in the many outstanding areas of practice and major strengths highlighted within this report. That is something which everyone in Perth and Kinross can be rightly proud of.”

The inspection report highlights that the impact of strong leadership from the top can be found at staff at all levels, with the Council’s approach to staff learning being particularly recognised as supporting an “authorising culture and environment whereby staff were empowered to be innovative and creative, to make decisions and take action”.

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone said, “The joint inspection report highlights very effective partnership working, and shows positive improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people delivered by excellent professional and strategic leaders, and passionate, committed and innovative staff. Importantly, the inspection team identified the strength of our culture and the quality of relationships as key in enabling staff to perform at their very best for children and families.”

The Child Protection Committee for Perth and Kinross was one of the areas highlighted as sector-leading practice. The inspectors noted it as a model of its type, demonstrating effective partnership working and leadership to deliver high levels of sustained performance in working towards improvement and ensuring that children, young people and families are involved in how their work is shaped and delivered.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright said, “I welcome the findings of this report, which recognise the impact of effective partnership working to drive improvement and support the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Perth and Kinross.

“The positive report demonstrates the dedication and commitment of staff delivering services to children, young people and families across the communities in Perth and Kinross.”

NHS Tayside Chairman John Brown said, “It is essential that children, young people and families can access the right support, for the right services, at the right time.

“This inspection report highlights the importance of collaborative working with community planning partners in Perth and Kinross to support services that continue to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people.”

The inspectors highlighted a number of particular strengths, making a positive difference for children and young people in Perth and Kinross:

– sophisticated and intelligent use of data to inform and support decision making, service planning and delivery and management of performance.
– Services that effectively support parents and carers to become increasingly resilient, confident and able to provide nurturing and secure care.
– An extensive range of services enabling children, young people and families to access the right support, from the right service, at the right time.
– consistent and sustained commitment to self-evaluation and continuous improvement.

You can read the report at

Transforming Tayside – developing the blueprint event

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An interactive event was held in Ninewells this week with clinical leads and managers from across Tayside and the Health and Social Care Partnerships to progress plans to develop an integrated clinical strategy for Tayside.

Chairman John Brown and Chief Executive Malcolm Wright attended and heard presentations from Professor Peter Stonebridge and Professor Colin Fleming describing the frameworks for developing the blueprint for an integrated clinical strategy and building criteria to guide decision-making.

A further event will be held in June to move the plans forward.

If you would like any more information about the event or to get involved in the development of the integrated clinical strategy, please email



Steps to Health Dundee

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A health walk project funded by NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund, Paths for All, the Forestry Commission and Leisure & Culture Dundee is providing short health walks from hospital and community venues for adults with long term health conditions, and their family, friends and carers.

The aims of the Steps to Health project are:

  • To increase the number of adults participating in walking, particularly those with a long term health condition
  • To increase the number of walks available
  • To increase the number of volunteer walk leaders
  • To increase public awareness about the health benefits of walking

Steps to Health walks are short and can be anything from as little as 10 minutes, up to an hour at a pace that suits the participant.

Each walk includes time for refreshments and for participants to chat and get to know each other. Participants are welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer along if they prefer.

You can promote the Steps to Health walking project by:

  • Discussing the benefits of walking and the effects it can have on improving health with out patients
  • If appropriate ‘prescribe’ walking as part of their planned treatment and discuss how often and for how long you think would be suitable for the individual. This gives them a better idea of how much they should be trying to do, and gives us a better idea of matching them up with a walk that is most suitable for them
  • Provide out patients with participant information and a walk reminder card with details of the days and times of Steps to Health walks and encourage them to join a walk

If you think more walking could benefit your out patients and would like to more information or promotional materials, please contact the Steps to Health Co-ordinator at

New Chief Executive visits Stracathro

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Chief Executive Malcolm Wright visited Stracathro last week and was given a tour of facilities by Head of Nursing Vicky Hampson.

Mr Wright met with staff from the day care unit, surgery and radiology.

Following the visit, Mr Wright said, “It was a great visit and I was very impressed by the facilities at Stracathro and by the improvement work that staff are doing.”

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PRI café receives healthyliving award

Stephen Craig collects the healthyliving award plus from Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean on behalf of the Royal Voluntary Service teams at cafés including Perth Royal Infirmary

The Royal Voluntary Service Café at Perth Royal Infirmary has been recognised at the national healthyliving awards (HLA) event for its efforts to support healthy eating.

The café received the higher level award, the HLA plus, for demonstrating a greater commitment to healthier eating including having held the standard healthyliving award for the last two years.

The healthyliving award is free and open to most food-serving outlets in Scotland – but specifically places where people go to buy food regularly, such as hospital canteens, cafés, sandwich shops, workplace restaurants, further education refectories, and restaurants.

The healthyliving award is supported by NHS Tayside, the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland and is a key driver for a healthier Scotland by helping people to make small changes to their diet. It forms an integral part of the route map to prevent overweight and obesity, and is part of a drive to reduce inequalities.