A Chance to Say Well Done and Thanks


First of all, congratulations to Geraldine Hutton one of my current Master’s students on the MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies programme and her team of Mental Health Practice development nurses from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde ; who were  successful in obtaining an award at the Mental Health Nursing Forum awards last week.

Following completion of the NES Dementia Specialist Improvement Leaders programme, a leadership and development programme that supports Commitment 11 of Scotland’s dementia strategy, Geraldine and her team set out a strategic approach to carrying out improvement projects within specialist dementia wards. The work was carried out with ward staff supported by the clinical governance effectiveness team, to increase psychological interventions offered to patients, reduce the use of as required medications  and  improve the physical health care planning done with patients.

It was also a great honour for me to be invited along to the Thistle Healthcare Ltd staff awards ceremony at the Macdonald Crutherland Hotel on the 4th. of November. It was really nice to be asked to present some of the awards on the day and great to meet some inspirational staff, residents and carers from the organisation. Most of the winners are in the picture below.


There are also one or two initiatives and individuals from within the company who have been nominated for  Scottish Care, National Care Home Awards who may know by now how they got on. Hope you came home with an armful of prizes! Let me know Margaret Callaghan!


One thought on “A Chance to Say Well Done and Thanks”

  1. I got a reply from Margaret so congratulations to the well deserved finalists and to the winners from Thistle Healthcare Ltd. in this year’s Scottish Care Awards.

    The Winners were:

    Southview Care Home – Innovative Practice

    (Quality Improvement Project Team)

    Southview Care Home – Ancillary & Support Staff Award

    (Stephen McGrath)

    Morningside Care Home – Volunteer Award

    (Tom Miller)


    Southview Care Home – Training and Staff Development Award

    (Linda Matheson, Nisha Sujeewon, Jill Scoular)

    Greencross Care Home – Care Home Resident Achievement

    (Patrick McGonnigal)


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