Blood Sciences – Changes to Advice and Add Ons Service

The following changes to Blood Sciences Advice and Add Ons Service will apply from Monday 30 April 2018.

Add Ons

  • Service unchanged for Primary Care and Outpatients
  • Inpatients – limited to A&Es, ITUs, HDUs, CCUs, AMU, ASRU, PRI4 and paediatric patients
  • By email in the first instance
    Haematology and Biochemistry to, staffed 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to noon weekends and public holidays
    Immunology to, staffed 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Urgent add ons
    Haematology bleep 4036 (Ninewells)
    Biochemistry bleep 4027 (Ninewells)
    Bleep 5122 for Perth samples

Biochemistry Advice (NOT for add ons)

Mentoring frequent non attenders with hepatitis

A new project is underway in Dundee for people with hepatitis thanks to funding from iHub.

Led by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, the project will be delivered in partnership with the Integrated Substance Misuse Service and Blood Borne Virus Managed Care Network.

The project aims to provide person-centred mentorship to improve the health of people with hepatitis who are not engaging with secondary care services.  Effective mentoring has the opportunity to improve people’s life skills, their lifestyle, encourage them to attend appointments and physically accompany the patient to appointments if necessary.

Funding has been provided by iHub’s Improvement Fund, which was set up to support projects at a local level that improve the quality of health and social care services in Scotland.

Click here for more information


NHS Tayside STARs celebrated

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Picture courtesy of D.C. Thomson

The winners of NHS Tayside Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards were announced at a celebration event held at the Apex Hotel in Dundee.

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.

The finalists in each category were invited to the ceremony where the gold, silver and bronze winners in each category were presented with awards and certificates. The ceremony was hosted by Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality and Strategy Directorate with the Scottish Government.

NHS Tayside Chairman John Brown said, “It has been fantastic to see the hard work and dedication of NHS Tayside staff recognised at this event.  It is a great honour to be nominated by colleagues and members of the public and I would like to congratulate everyone who won an award, all of our finalists and nominees.”

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright said, “The people of Tayside have really embraced these awards by nominating individuals, teams and services in their hundreds and this reflects the high regard our committed staff are held in by local communities.  We know that being recognised in these awards is very much appreciated by staff and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate.”

The STAR Awards were delivered in partnership with Tayside Health Fund, the Academic Health Science Partnership (AHSP) in Tayside and the Apex Hotel.

The winners were:

Outstanding Individual (Clinical)

Outstanding Individual (Non Clinical)

Outstanding Team

Innovation in Practice

Inspiring Educator

Quality/Service Improvement

Free eBook on antimicrobial stewardship

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A new eBook has been launched called Antimicrobial Stewardship: From Principles to Practice, which has been endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.

Created and edited by Professor Dilip Nathwani, NHS Tayside consultant physician and Co-Director of the Academic Health Sciences Partnership (AHSP) in Tayside, the book is a global, practical and interactive primer on the wise use of antibiotics, relevant to a wide range of professions, populations, and clinical/care settings.

The eBook was produced by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), with the support of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and 37 experts from five continents.

Available as a PDF or an EPUB file, the book is easy to access and easy to update, and provides:

  • An extensive overview of the day-to-day challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance
  • Tools for setting up stewardship programmes
  • Guidance on how to make the most of existing stewardship programmes
  • Resources to apply the principles of stewardship to a wide range of professions, populations, and clinical/care settings
  • Support for colleagues working in low and middle-income countries
  • Advice on informing and influencing policymakers and journalists
  • An interactive, multimedia, platform with links to many videos, podcasts, and PDFs

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood said, “The importance of reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics has been a key priority for the Scottish Government for many years,‎ and our efforts have been recognised across the world.

“We are working with partners across the UK to refresh and update plans for tackling antimicrobial resistance so I therefore welcome this innovative new eBook ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship: from Principles to Practice’ from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). It represents the work of dozens of experts from around the globe, including several NHS Scotland clinicians, who came together to provide a wide range of highly practical strategies – and in a format that is easy to use and easy to update.

“This eBook can play a critical role in providing education for clinicians across the global community to understand the principles of stewardship, the potential impact of antimicrobial resistance on healthcare as well as the important role that everyone can play in helping to save our antibiotics for future generations.”

The eBook also provides a perfect companion to BSAC’s free Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship, which is available in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian. Visit for details.

For more information, please email Michael Corley, BSAC’s Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at

NHS Health and Social Care Innovation Network

SIDE Meeting of the NHS Health and Social Care Innovation Network

The next meeting of the NHS Health and Social Care Innovation Network will be hosted by Professor Dilip Nathawni and the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside on Thursday, 17 May.

UK research and innovation, NHS, social care, industry and academic leaders will share updates on funding opportunities, bids and projects underway.

There will be an opportunity to hear more about Tayside’s City Deal and local work as well as time for sharing local and global experiences in relation to innovation work. The meeting is essentially a networking opportunity to share ideas and build partnerships to solve real clinical, care and business challenges.

The free event will take place on Thursday 17 May from 10am – 4pm at the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building.

Click here to register via Eventbrite

Applications open for Scottish Improvement Leader Programme

SIDE Applications open for Scottish Improvement Leader Programme

Applications for the next three cohorts of the Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) programme are now open.

ScIL is a quality improvement programme to develop individuals who can design, develop and lead improvement projects, generate support for change, and provide expert improvement support and advice.

It is aimed at people working in the Scottish public sector in a role with a significant focus on quality improvement and dedicated time allocated to lead large-scale improvement projects.

Please click here for more information

Clinical psychology course

SIDE Child and family work course for clinical psychologists

Lancaster University’s Clinical Psychology Education Team is trialling its ‘Child and Family Work for Aspiring Clinical Psychologists’ course in Glasgow this summer.

This course would suit any health worker with an interest in finding out more about working with children, young people and families, and looking to develop their confidence and skills in engaging this client group.

The course aims to:

  • Develop your skills for working with children, young people and their families
  • Learn about specific issues in working with this population
  • Gain an overview of the NHS Child and Adolescent services
  • Increase your confidence ready for the next part of your career in Clinical Psychology
  • Discuss, reflect and apply psychological ideas and skills

The course will take place on 15 June at The Event Space, Sense Scotland in Glasgow.

To book your place visit