NHS Lothian is keeping the wheels turning through its Facilities services

NHS Lothian received national recognition at this year’s Health Facilities Scotland Conference Excellence Awards on 2nd and 3rd November.

The annual awards are designed to encourage and acknowledge professional excellence across the wide range of topics covered by facilities staff in NHS Scotland. This range includes; cleaning, maintenance, catering, transport, security, portering and laundry services – to name a few.

Winners of these national awards have lead to improved, lasting and replicable outcomes in healthcare provision for patients, local communities and staff.

NHS Lothian had finalists in all four award categories and beat the competition for sustainable leadership and facilities Innovation awards.

Iain Sneddon HFS award 2017 resize.jpgReceiving this year’s Sustainable Leadership Award was Iain Sneddon (pictured on the right hand side). Through his role as Area Manager for pan Lothian Facilities Services he has complete responsibility for NHS Lothian’s transport and fleet activities. As part of the role Iain demonstrates excellence in sustainable leadership by embedding sustainability within his departmental planning. By treating sustainability as a key ingredient to all business activity he is able to promote, drive sustainable solutions; and motivate and inspire others to introduce innovative solutions in estates and facilities activity.

flow centre at HFS conference resize.jpgThe Facilities Innovation Award was presented to NHS Lothian’s Flow Centre. The Flow Centre is a patient focussed, centralised service developed to support the movement of patients across adult acute sites within NHS Lothian. By working across primary and secondary care, four Lothian wide integrated Joint Boards and partners in the third sector, the Flow Centre creates clear pathways for admission and alternative journeys to ensure that patients are seen in the right place, at the right time, by the right person. Not only do the patients benefit from the clinical and facilities staff working together to produce the best plan for the patients between services and departments but it is seeing financial savings too.

Along with the annual facilities awards, a number of personal development achievements were highlighted through a number of projects across a number of NHS Boards to demonstrate how the education pathways can be used to support skills and career development.  The latest individuals from NHS Lothian to successfully achieve their qualifications are:

  • Daniel Kitson and Daniel Curley for their electrician apprenticeships.
  • Jennifer Semple - BA (Hons) in Facilities Management.
  • SVQ Facilities Management at SCQF level 7 was presented to;  Brenda Gibb, Darren Davey, Geraldine Graham, Joyce Henderson, Linda Smith and Mark Rowley.
  • Catriona Kenny and Muriel Young were recognised for their achievement in their Assess Workplace Competence using Direct & Indirect Methods at SCQF level 8.
Jim Crombie, NHS Lothian Deputy Chief Executive congratulated the winners and finalists by saying: “A huge congratulation to Iain and the Flow Centre team for achieving national recognition at the Health Facilities Scotland Awards, I am delighted their work is being acknowledged as best in the country.
“Our Facilities teams work extremely hard to provide the services and support that wrap around our clinical teams. Without these teams working in collaboration with other services across all our sites and services, we couldn’t provide the high quality of care our patients received on a daily basis.”