Last chance to nominate your NHS Tayside STAR

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There’s still time to nominate your NHS Tayside STAR! We’ve already beat last year’s total with over 430 nominations so far, but there’s still a few days to go until nominations close so if you haven’t managed to nominate your STAR yet, please visit

You can nominate your NHS Tayside STARs in six categories and we’d love to see more nominations in the three categories that are only open to nominations from NHS Tayside staff – Innovation in Practice, Quality/Service Improvement and Inspiring Educator.

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 or 01382 740063. The phone line is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.  Nominations close on Monday, 5 February at 5pm.

Chairman Professor John Connell said, “Our staff are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare to the people of Tayside and the STAR Awards are a great opportunity for members of the public and colleagues to show their appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

“Last year’s inaugural awards were a fantastic success with the number of nominations far exceeding our expectations.  There were lots of very worthy winners and runners up and I’m sure that this year will be no different.

“We know that often it’s the little things that make the biggest difference to patients, their families and colleagues, so if someone has gone that extra mile for you, why not say thank you by nominating them for a STAR Award?

“No matter what their job is, any member of staff can be nominated, including medical and nursing staff, therapists, community staff, support staff and those who work in the more ‘hidden’ departments who may not deal with patients on a day-to-day basis.”

The award categories are:

  • Outstanding Individual (clinical) e.g. a doctor, nurse, healthcare assistant, consultant, surgeon, physiotherapist, occupational therapist etc

Someone who goes the extra mile for their patient or colleagues/NHS Tayside

  • Outstanding Individual (non-clinical) e.g. domestic assistant, porter, receptionist, catering staff etc

Someone who goes the extra mile within their job role helping colleagues/NHS Tayside or patients and visitors

  • Outstanding Team e.g. a service, ward team or a team that works in the community etc

A team who works together going the extra mile for patients or colleagues/NHS Tayside

  • Innovation in Practice

An individual or team who, through their research or innovation and commitment to do things in a new way, has positively changed the way services or support is provided or improved patient experience

  • Quality/Service Improvement

An individual or team who has demonstrated a commitment to continuously improving services and adding value

  • Inspiring Educator

An individual who mentors, supervises or trains people on the job. Someone who not only shares good practice and new skills, but is a role model for their values and attitudes. This will be an educator who has gone the extra mile to support, help and inspire learners in their work.

All finalists will be invited to the STAR Awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel in April, where the winners will be announced.


NHS Scotland Charity Golf Classic Qualifier

The Scottish qualifying event for the NHS 4 Nations golf tournament will take place at the Championship East Course at Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Kirknewton, Edinburgh on Tuesday, 15 May.

The top 10 scores overall will qualify to represent the Scottish team at the NHS 4 Nations Finals being hosted in Ireland in August.

Click here for more information

Sharps Safety – Your Safety – Everyone’s Safety

This week Sharps Safety focuses on incidents and injuries which require to reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) through their Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurence Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) arrangements.

NHS Tayside has a legal requirement to report certain types of incidents to the HSE. In the context of the sharps injuries the following could be recorded for reporting:

  • an employee injured by a sharp known to be contaminated with a blood-borne virus (BBV) e.g. hepatitis B or C or HIV. This is reportable as a Dangerous Occurence
  • an employee receives a sharps injury and a BBV acquired by this route seroconverts. This is reportable as an Occupational Disease **
  • an injury so severe that it must be reported e.g. sharp injury into eye where an impact on sight is likely

In addition to the requirement to RIDDOR report an incident recognised as a Dangerous Occurrence or Occupational Disease it is also important to recognise that the following must trigger a RIDDOR report:

  • an absence of a period of seven or more days
  • inability to carry out normal duties for a period of seven or more days e.g. alteration to duties/taken off clinical work

**Please note that in cases where a period of around 24 weeks needs to be allowed in relation to taking blood samples the incident will be held on DATIX as ‘Not Yet Known’ with regard to RIDDOR to allow correct reporting should a disease develop. If after 24 weeks the bloods indicate no infection then the DATIX can be closed off as not RIDDOR reportable.

Non reportable sharps injuries would be those involving untraceable sharps or clean sharps.

RIDDOR reports must be managed efficiently and effectively to ensure that NHS Tayside’s calculations, in relation to loss events, are based on accurate numbers of RIDDOR reports. An increase in loss events (DATIX RIDDOR incidents) will directly correlate to an increase in insurance instalments and therefore an unnecessary cost to NHS Tayside. The more RIDDORs wrongly reported in the DATIX system the higher the premiums.

Therefore those incidents which have been reported and recorded on the DATIX system as RIDDOR reportable will be reviewed by the Health & Safety Team. Staff may be asked to update their DATIX forms through an email request from

Please ensure that this is actioned as soon as possible.

Community Innovation Fund information sessions in Angus

A series of information and advice sessions is being held across Angus for interested applicants to learn more about NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund (CIF).

The CIF aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Sessions will run from noon until 2pm at the following venues:

  • Monday, 29 January, Links Park Community Trust, Wellington St, Montrose, DD10 8QD
  • Wednesday, 31 January, Forfar Open Garden Space, 36 Lochside Rd, DD8 3JD
  • Wednesday, 7 February, Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

Community capacity building officer Richard McIntosh, who is first point of contact for enquiries about the CIF, said, “We are holding these drop in sessions so that anyone with an idea that would help their local community can come along and have a chat with us and find out more about how we can help – often people just need a little support and funding to get started.

“The CIF can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference, supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities.

“We hope to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.”

Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should come along to the information sessions or visit the website

Sexual and reproductive health service awarded LGBT Gold Charter Mark

MAIN Sexual and Reproductive Health Service awarded LGBT Gold Charter Mark
Angela Houghton (front, centre in blue cardigan) handed over the award to the NHS Tayside sexual and reproductive health service team

The NHS Tayside sexual and reproductive health service, including the Men Only Tayside (MOT) and HIV services, has been awarded the Gold LGBT Youth Scotland Charter Mark.

The award was presented to the services by Angela Houghton, partnership manager for LGBT Youth Scotland.

Dr Ciara Cunningham, consultant in Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) and lead for the MOT service, said, “We are delighted to be the first services in NHS Tayside to win the prestigious Gold LGBT charter mark award and hope that this inspires other services to achieve the same recognition.

“The LGBT Charter demonstrates our commitment to all local LGBT people and sends a positive message to LGBT people that they are included, valued, supported and will be treated fairly when they engage with our services.

“It makes it clear to other organisations, service users and the public that equality and diversity is at the heart of our services and reassures people that our workplace is safe and supportive.

“The Charter process raised awareness of the needs and rights of LGBT people and our services are continually working to ensure these are met so everyone has confidence in them.”

Chairman Professor John Connell said, “NHS Tayside takes the values of the Charter very seriously. I’d like to thank the services for their hard work and congratulate them on this award.”

The Charter process involved staff training, reviewing service policies, guides and patient information to ensure it was in line with legislation and respectful to individuals of all sexualities and genders and patient surveys to identify whether attendees felt the service was LGBT friendly.