Stellar response to NHS Tayside STAR Awards

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It has been another record year for STAR Awards nominations with over 900 individuals, services and teams being recognised across NHS Tayside.

Patients, relatives, members of the public and staff have been busy nominating since the end of January, with a total of 903 nominations being made for those who have delivered outstanding care or gone the extra mile in their role.

The nominations period is now closed and a multi-disciplinary panel will shortlist the entries to six finalists in each of the categories. There will then be a gold, silver and bronze winner for each category which will be announced at the STAR Awards ceremony in May.

NHS Tayside Chair Lorna Birse-Stewart said, “We are overwhelmed by the number of nominations that we have received and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone. Last year we received over 750 nominations and we are delighted that we have surpassed that target!

“Now in their fourth year, the STAR Awards celebrate the individuals, teams and services working within NHS Tayside that deliver outstanding patient care or go the extra mile in their job.

“The range of nominations reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff who, every day, deliver high-quality healthcare services to people all over Tayside.

“We know from feedback from those individuals and teams nominated that being recognised in this way is a tremendous boost to morale and very much appreciated. I would like to wish everyone good luck.”

PRI staff are thinking green!

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Staff in ward 3 at PRI have taken up the green challenge and set themselves a goal to be a ‘ward of excellence’ in combating single use plastic and recycling.

Working alongside colleagues in procurement, staff are helping to identify everyday items which can be replaced by products produced from more environmentally friendly materials or products which can be recycled.

Some of their green actions have seen recycling bins being placed in the staff room and at the entrance to the ward and temporary recycling bins have also been placed in the treatment room alongside listings of what can and cannot be recycled.

Senior charge nurse Ailsa Salmon said, “I am delighted that staff are so enthusiastic about improving the way we work, not only for the benefit of the patients but for the benefit of the environment also.”

Procurement planning manager Andy Hay said “Ward 3 staff in PRI really impress me with their drive and enthusiasm to try new ideas and reduce their waste in the ward.

“Sometimes the solution is simply stopping using certain disposal products such as plastic cups and offering reusable solutions that can be safely washed in the ward dishwasher.”

If any other wards or departments are interested in how their areas can become greener or want to shout about the great sustainability work they are doing, please contact


Children’s Memorial Service in Perth


Parents and relatives who have lost a child are invited to attend a special service of thanksgiving and remembrance in Perth on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 7.30pm.

The service, held at The Salvation Army Centre in South Street, will include music, readings and the lighting of candles in memory of those who have died.

The Children’s Memorial Service has been organised by NHS Tayside’s Department of Spiritual Care, with support from the stillbirth and neonatal death charity SANDS.

Healthcare chaplain Geoff Williams said, “The death of a child, whether before or after birth, is an experience which causes a great deal of emotional pain for parents, grandparents, other family members and friends.”

“The children’s memorial service is a valued opportunity for support and encouragement, where parents and others can remember their children in the safe and supportive company of others who have experienced similar losses.”

The event is open to everyone regardless of faith or belief and many parents who have lost a child return each year to remember their loved one at this special service. Refreshments will be served after the service.

New Operational Waste Manager appointed

Joyce Anderson has been Joyce Andersonappointed NHS Tayside’s operational waste manager.

Joyce has many years’ experience working in facilities and waste management in healthcare settings.  She is the first point of contact for teams who need operational waste management advice and she will lead on the implementation of best practice in waste segregation and recycling initiatives.

Joyce said, “I am looking forward to working with colleagues in NHS Tayside and our community healthcare partners to ensure we continue to provide a high-quality, cost-effective waste management service, ensuring compliance with legislation and good practice.

“The transition to the new national clinical waste contract (Vital Signs Issue 1195) will be a priority focus over the coming months. I will be linking with services as NHS Tayside works towards meeting the Scottish Government recycling targets by 2025.”

If you have any queries please contact Joyce at

Nurses published in Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice publication

Two NHS Tayside staff members have co-authored Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practicea chapter in a new textbook on antimicrobial stewardship.

Advanced nurse practitioner antimicrobial stewardship Jo McEwen and advanced antimicrobial pharmacist Heather Kennedy co-authored chapter four of ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice’.

With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, it is now more important than ever that we adopt, implement and embed stewardship principles in daily practice. This textbook is the first to be written on the nursing role in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and offers a clear and concise guide to good nursing practice in this area.

The book explores all elements of AMS and is structured around a competency framework endorsed by scientific and professional societies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and supports the standards of proficiency for registered nurses.  It details where nurses can optimise the use of antibiotics for the best clinical outcome, whilst ensuring minimal toxicity to the patient and minimal impact on subsequent antimicrobial resistance.

Those who are interested in purchasing the book can access the website here and NHS Tayside staff can receive a 20% discount using code CCAB20 at checkout.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has also highlighted the essential role of nurses and midwives in AMS and this is reflected in the recent changes to the Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses and Midwives.

Other Antimicrobial Stewardship Learning Resources:

In November 2019, NHS Education for Scotland published “Raising Awareness of Antimicrobial stewardship for Nurses and Midwives” online resource to support nurses and midwives in applying antimicrobial stewardship to their clinical practice. The resource is available via Turas, LearnPro and directly from the NES website.

The ScRAP programme is an educational toolkit to help support a reduction in unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in primary care. ScRAP can be accessed directly from the NES website.

FutureLearn is an online repository of online courses. There are currently several courses on antimicrobial stewardship, including:

·         Antimicrobial Stewardship in Wound Management

Gain insight into antimicrobial resistance, learn about the threats it poses to wound care, and explore preventative measures.

·         Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance

Understand antibiotic resistance, and how antimicrobial stewardship can slow down or reduce it, with this free online course.

·         Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Find out how effective infection control in health and social care can tackle the global risk of antimicrobial resistance.

·         The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Learn how vaccines work and can be used for infectious disease control with this online course for healthcare professionals.

  • TARGET Antibiotics – Prescribing in Primary Care

Helping primary care professionals to target the use of antibiotics to reduce antimicrobial resistance.


Therapet delights patients at Ninewells

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Patients on wards 5 and 6 at Ninewells were treated to a visit from a very good boy last week.

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Four-year-old Therapet Odi and his human Jim Godfrey from Canine Concern Scotland Trust visited the medicine for the elderly wards as part of the Care About Physical Activity (CAPA) project led by the occupational therapy team.

Senior charge nurse in ward 6 Nicki Hedley said, “It was great to see the patients’ faces light up when they met Odi. It makes such a difference to them to have activities like this and they were speaking about it all day.”

Pets visiting a ward or department can reduce stress and anxiety of patients and interaction with pets provides distraction activities. Pets can also provide a sense of normality in hospital for many patients.

Odi and Jim’s visit was organised by NHS Tayside’s Voluntary Services which has recently signed an agreement with the Therapet service.

The new agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of both organisations, including organisation of visits, risk assessments, volunteer recruitment and checks, and adhering to guidelines.

If you would like to discuss potential visits please contact Voluntary Services on x40136.

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What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.

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Tickets now available for Realistic Medicine Conference

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Booking is now open for NHS Tayside’s second Realistic Medicine Conference in Dundee in May.

Following the success of the first event last year, the second ‘Living Realistically’ Conference aims to inspire new approaches to familiar and challenging issues by encouraging learning and innovation within health, social care and academia.

The event will take place at the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building on Friday 29 May 2020.

Click on the link below to book your free space.

Realistic Medicine Conference

For more information please visit the Realistic Medicine pages on the NHS Tayside website.

Last chance to nominate your STAR

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There’s still time to submit your nominations for the NHS Tayside STAR Awards.

Nominations close on Friday, 28 February 2020 at 5pm, so don’t miss your chance to recognise your STAR. Please visit to complete the nomination form.

We have received more than 750 nominations so far, but we would still like to see more entries.

Now in their fourth year, the STAR Awards celebrate the individuals, teams and services within NHS Tayside that deliver outstanding patient care or go the extra mile in their job.

Anyone who has difficulty accessing the website or who needs assistance to complete the nomination form can call the nomination phone line on 01382 632087. The phone line is open 10am to 4pm.