New art exhibition at Whitehills gallery

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Staff at Whitehills admiring the artwork

Patients, staff and visitors at Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre in Forfar can enjoy a new exhibition of art called ‘Country Life’.

Running throughout February and March, the exhibition features the work of Brechin artist, Lorna McCall.

Speaking about her work, Lorna said, “I was brought up on a farm and have lived in the countryside for most of my life and I just love country life. I am also inspired by the beautiful rural surroundings of the outskirts of Brechin where I live.

“I have attended local art classes over the years and I use a variety of techniques and mediums in my artwork. I hope people coming to Whitehills enjoy the display of my work.”

The gallery is situated in the main corridor of the building and is open to the public daily from 9am until 7pm. All works are for sale with 20% commission on sales being donated to Whitehills.

Situated in the main corridor, the gallery has provided space for many local artists to show their work and the public are invited to pop in and view this new exhibition. Exhibitions at Whitehills are changed every eight weeks.


NHS Tayside & North East Fife Major Trauma Centre

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The Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to create a new Scottish Trauma Network are progressing and Ninewells Hospital will have a vital role in delivering this new service.

The new Scottish Trauma Network will consist of four centres across Scotland – in Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The centres at Ninewells Hospital, Edinburgh Royal, Aberdeen Royal and Southern General in Glasgow will create a trauma network where the most seriously injured patients will receive the best specialist treatment and rehabilitation.

Since the announcement that Ninewells will be part of the network, plans have been developed and work is progressing which will see the new service at Ninewells being operational by the end of October 2018.

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The network is based around four major trauma centres in Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh – with a view to benefiting around 6000 of Scotland’s seriously injured patients each year.

The centres will host dedicated trauma services, including rehabilitation support, to help patients with significant injuries recover more quickly. The Scottish Ambulance Service and existing trauma services across Scotland will also have a vital role in delivering enhanced trauma care. All these services will, together, create the Scottish Trauma Network.

The Scottish Government announced that additional funding has been allocated over the next five years to provide a dedicated Major Trauma service, inpatient unit and qualified staff to provide specialist care.

How are we involved?

Ninewells Hospital is home to one of the major trauma centres which will be a critical part of the network. There is already extensive experience in dealing with major trauma at Ninewells and Tayside clinicians have pioneered patient pathways to improve outcomes for trauma patients.

All trauma patients from across Tayside come directly to Ninewells Hospital and have done so for the past 20 years or so and the hospital team is one of the most experienced in the country.

The Tayside Trauma Team, includes a consultant and specialist nurse and delivers pre-hospital critical care from Ninewells Emergency Department.

They attend road traffic collisions and industrial or agricultural incidents so treatment is provided as close to the time of injury as possible. This existing arrangement compliments the expert care delivered by the Scottish Ambulance Service improving outcomes for trauma patients.

What difference will it make to be part of the Scottish Major Trauma Network?

For Eastern Region staff, it will mean a new major trauma service ensuring many different specialities work together to ensure the best outcomes for the patient.

This new, multi-disciplinary approach will mean the patient journey is coordinated from the point of admission to discharge, ensuring the patient is taken to the right place as quickly as possible. Each trauma patient will be under the care of a dedicated major trauma consultant who will work jointly with the Trauma Nurse Coordinator throughout the entire patient journey.

It is estimated that this approach could improve care and outcomes for 2000 potential major trauma patients and 4000 severely injured patients each year.

Rehabilitation will be an integral part of the trauma pathway and the new network will see rehabilitation feature much earlier in the patient’s journey with an ongoing focus on functional outcomes and getting the patient back to as normal a life as quickly possible.

What about staff?

The new Trauma Service will be operational by the end of October 2018. Staff will have the opportunity to work as part of the new network, including opportunities to develop additional skills and the advanced training available to become a member of the Eastern Region Major Trauma Team.

Staff briefing sessions are being arranged, in April 2018, to share the plans for the future and opportunities to work within this exciting new service. Further details will be issued shortly.

A Trauma Network Newsletter is planned which will share updates and developments within the service.

If you would like further information please contact the Project Manager Jill Beattie by emailing

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Excellence in Care launched at Stracathro

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The latest launch event for the Excellence in Care (EIC) programme took place at Stracathro Hospital last week.

The event was well attended by staff who dropped in to see the poster display and various story boards during the afternoon. Associate Nurse Director Charles Sinclair opened the event, giving an overview of the EIC programme in Tayside, and project lead Audrey Fleming was also available to chat to staff and answer any questions about the programme.

The next launch event will be held on Friday, 9 March in the Parent Education Room in the Community Maternity Unit at PRI.  It will follow the same format as previous launches with Nurse Director Gillian Costello opening the event at 1.30pm.

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Charles Sinclair (right) with staff at the event

EIC is a national programme to equip NHS Boards, nurse leaders and service users with a mechanism for measuring and improving the impact of nursing and midwifery care.

In Tayside, EIC offers an opportunity for nurses and midwives to increase their understanding of the quality of the care they provide, celebrate good practice and highlight areas for improvement within their own sphere of influence.

The programme pulls together what nurses and midwives consider ‘business as usual’ and aspects of care that are important to them and patients, providing assurance to staff that the care they provide is safe, effective and person centred.

EIC also allows nurses and midwives to showcase and celebrate the excellent care they provide and demonstrate their unique role and impact within healthcare provision.

The programme will be implemented in Tayside following the launch events with work continuing up until at least March 2019.

MAIN Excellence in Care launched at Stracathro (3)In Tayside the programme lead is senior nurse practice development Audrey Fleming and programme support is provided by quality lead/practice development midwife Rebecca Karl.

Audrey explained, “Locally, a Programme Board meets monthly in order to shape how we will implement EIC in Tayside. Nurses and midwives from across all Directorates and HSCPs are represented. There is further representation from our nurses and midwives on a number of national groups that are developing the measures for EIC.

“Our focus at this time relates to effectively communicating information about EIC and engaging nurses and midwives with the programme. As measures are being developed, we will be seeking out willing nursing/midwifery teams to test those that are being proposed.

“Once measures are established, teams will use their results to focus on areas of practice that they would like to celebrate and those that they would like to improve on.

“A national team, comprising representation from the Chief Nursing Officer’s (CNO) office, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and National Services Scotland (NSS), co-ordinate the programme reporting progress through an organised structure with input from Scottish Executive Nurse Directors (SEND).

“NSS are developing and testing a dashboard to display results from agreed measures and some are ready to be populated now from existing systems, e.g. number of falls, number of pressure ulcers, NEWS compliance and workforce information. This will continue to grow as new measures are agreed and be refined in response to feedback from users.”

EIC will evidence the contribution of nurses and midwifes in achieving safe, effective, person centred care and will be a means for driving continuous quality improvement in NHS Scotland.

This will be achieved through the implementation of a framework and suite of measures for generic and specialty, professional and clinical, nursing and midwifery practice and through a commitment to investing in the development of quality improvement skills and knowledge across the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Many of the measures for EIC are already collected. The intention is to collect data once and use it for multiple purposes, using existing systems such as Datix, SSTS, to ensure that nurses and midwives have as little data collection responsibilities as possible.


Brexit event for EU citizens

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Dundee City Council is holding an event for EU citizens to discuss concerns about Brexit.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to the Leader of Dundee City Council, the Minister for International Development and Europe and other officials about their concerns around Brexit and their right to live, work, study or retire in Scotland.

The event is aimed at EU citizens and their families living in the Dundee area, however it is also open to anyone who feels affected by these issues.

Attendance is free but people are advised to book by 5 March as places are limited.

For more information and to book a place please click here

Volunteers wanted in P&K!

Volunteers wanted in P&K!

Perth & Kinross Health & Social Care Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with patient transport and hearing aid support.

Volunteer drivers help transport patients to various appointments and services.  Drivers can volunteer from one to five days per week or simply on an on-call basis.  Help is most required from 9-10am and 3-4pm. Mileage rates are paid and you will receive appropriate training.

Blairgowrie Community Hospital is also appealing for volunteers for a new hearing aid support service. The service is looking for people who are friendly and understanding, patient and sensitive to the needs of others. Training will be provided.

Voluntary services manager Jane Laahs said, “Volunteering with your local health services offers a sense of purpose and is a chance to give something back. It is good for your own health and can provide new social contacts. We can all benefit if more people volunteer and get involved in their local community.”

If you have some spare time and you’re interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Jane Laahs on or 01738 562323.

Shared Learning Event for BSL

SIDE Shared Learning Event for BSL

NHS Health Scotland is hosting a half day event to share learning and developments around British Sign Language.

The Shared Learning Event for British Sign Language (BSL) takes place on Friday 2 March from 10am-1pm at COSLA Edinburgh.

It aims to share learning and showcase recent practice developments within NHSScotland and health and social care to improve access and outcomes for BSL users.

Key aims:

  • Provide the legal framework on BSL in Scotland, and implications for professional practice
  • Highlight existing practice for improving access to and experience of health and care information and services for BSL users
  • Share progress and learning from recent and current innovative improvement programmes

Who will benefit from attending?

  • Health and social care staff who have an influence in making decisions around access to health services for those requiring BSL
  • Anyone with a vested interest in, or responsibility for, providing a health service/information to those requiring BSL
  • Attendees may include equality & diversity leads, translations and interpretation service leads, complaints team leads, IT and systems staff, administrators
  • Those interested in sharing and listening to innovative practices that they and other health boards and local authorities can learn from

How do I register?

You can register for the event through Eventbrite.

For further information about the event, please contact Arma Sayed-Rafiq at or telephone 0141 414 2717.