Media Release: Awards say thank you to NHS Lothian staff

Lothian NHS awards, with Arlene Stewart

THE outstanding achievements of individual staff members and teams from a diverse range of NHS Lothian services have received recognition in the organisation’s annual ‘Celebrating Success Awards’.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 25 October which was attended by over 200 staff.

The evening, hosted by radio personality, Arlene Stuart, recognised the inspiring and truly amazing work that takes place across NHS Lothian every day.

This year’s ceremony featured ten categories, including Volunteer of the Year, Staff Member of the Year and Team of the Year.

The Health Hero award took centre stage with the Lothian public having had the chance to recognise a health care worker who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to the communities they serve.

Tim Davison, chief executive, NHS Lothian, said: “The Celebrating Success Awards are an opportunity to recognise the inspiring and truly amazing work our staff deliver every day of every week.

“Each and every member of our staff deserves recognition and special praise for their hard work over the last 12 months. I was delighted to see such a high calibre of entries which reflects the high quality of our staff.

“The Celebrating Success Awards are about recognising the very best of NHS Lothian.

“This is not about being the best for its own sake – it is about delivering the best for the patients in our care and the communities we serve. By involving the public in this event we hope to recognise the staff that our patients tell us are the best.”

The annual awards are supported by the Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation. The awards are open to anyone from across health care services in Lothian.

Lynne MacMurchie and Maxwell Reay picked up the Health Hero award for their work as community mental health chaplains at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Lynne and Maxwell were praised for their commitment and compassion by their nominator, who wants to remain anonymous.

The nominator, said: “I wanted to nominate Maxwell and Lynne because of how much they’ve meant to me and how much their support has meant to other people that I’ve spoken to.

“It doesn’t matter how desperate things are or and how bad you’re feeling, the door is never closed.

“To be able to go somewhere and not have to leave a part of you at the door and for somebody to actually have that sense of who you are is remarkable.

“They’ll be like, we know you don’t have any hope at the moment, but actually can we hold on to some of that hope for you. You really can’t put in to words how much that means in some situations.”

Lynne MacMurchie commented: “The importance of humanity in the care of people is important in every setting and in that sense it’s probably spiritual care that we give, human care if you like and that is an integral part of the care we all give.”

Maxwell Reay, added: “It makes you realise some of the challenges folk have in life and to be able to work and be a part of that is a great thing.”


Innovation in Healthcare
Dr John Steyn, General Practitioner and clinical eHealth adviser

Lean in Lothian
Orthotics Team, Smart Centre

Best Service Redesign
Obstetrics Triage and Assessment Team, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Improving Patient Access
East Lothian Psychological Therapies Team

Partnership in Practice
Gateway to Recovery, Midlothian and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Services

Equality in Lothian
The Willow Service

Volunteer of the Year
Pamela Duffy, Patient Representative, Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit
View winning video clip here:

Staff Member of the Year
Ronald Fraser, Gardening Supervisor, Western General Hospital
View winning video clip here:

Team of the Year
Legionella Outbreak Incident Management Team
View winning video clip here:

Health Hero
Maxwell Reay and Lynne MacMurchie, community mental health chaplains

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