Published: Friday, December 23rd, 2016
Chair Blog: a Christmas thank you
What a year 2016 has been: a year of expansion, evolution and engagement. We have treated more patients, supported more families, and welcomed more guests than ever before; but this has only been possible thanks to the incredible dedication of our teams across the Foundation. In this edition of the Chair Blog, I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for all their work over the last 12 months.
We began the year by celebrating our 500,000th procedure, welcoming Robert Gibson, a 73-year-old triple bypass patient, to a special ceremony to mark the occasion where he was greeted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Health Secretary Shona Robison.
Our dedication to creating a diverse, valued, workforce continued to shine through on a national scale as we achieved our highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI), climbing 41 places to number 29 in the UK, being named Top Health and Social Care Provider in the UK and being named Best Employer at the 2016 Icon Awards.
Our teams continued to excel across our services, not only marking 10 years of our Orthopaedic Service, pioneering new treatments for Thoracic patients and performing more cataract surgery than ever before, but exceeding our targets across every service to have our busiest and most successful year to date.
The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel continued to drive forward the 2020 Vision to establish themselves as a world renowned Venue of Excellence, completing their rebrand in January 2016. What followed was a year of ongoing development, completing phase one of the new bedrooms project and installation of the Inspiration Space, and accomplishment, picking up multiple awards for excellence and sustainability throughout the year.
Our Research Institute continued to help pioneer new and innovative treatments for patients all across Scotland, with 82 research projects currently running across our clinical services. This past year we have approved 30 projects, consistently achieving an approval time of 5.9 days against a target of 30 days. This included the MultiPoint Pacing trial for Cardiac patients, the TRANSFORM Study helping develop minimally invasive valves for emphysema patients and a new remote control knee device which allows clinicians to monitor patient recoveries after discharge.
We want to thank all of our staff for their exceptional hard work over the last year, especially those who are working over the holiday season. This is hugely appreciated and is never taken for granted.
We know that Christmas is a difficult time for anyone to be in hospital, and we want to ensure all of you that our staff are doing everything they can to make sure that all of our patients are as comfortable and happy as possible during their time with us.
If you, or one of your family, friends or loved ones are staying with us at the Golden Jubilee this Christmas, we will make sure that you are able to spend time with them, and our team are here to help if you have any questions or concerns.
2017 is set to be our biggest year to date as we mark our 15th anniversary and continue to expand our services for the benefit of NHSScotland and treat more people from all across the country than ever before.
On behalf of everyone here at the Golden Jubilee Foundation, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.