Published: Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Perfect end and bright beginnings

 

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January saw us hold two very special Ministerial events to help draw our 10th anniversary celebrations to a close.

 

On 18 January, Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, visited us to celebrate with winners of our two Schools Competitions. And on 24 January we were delighted to be joined by the First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, who attended our Burns Supper and delivered the Immortal Memory.

 

Whilst our 10th anniversary celebrations are drawing to a close, our 11th year has already got off to a flying start.

 

For the third year in a row, our Board has been ranked the best Scottish NHS Board in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI). As well as being a measure of how an organisation meets the needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) staff and service users, the WEI is a good indicator for equality generally.

 

Using this national benchmarking tool allows us to measure our own progress against other public and private companies and institutions within the UK. We were delighted to finish ninth of all organisations in Scotlandand to move up seven places in the United Kingdomrankings since last year (from 166th to 159th).

 

And if that’s not enough, the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre recently achieved the VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation.

 

Based solely on customer feedback on 400 venues across the UK, the Beardmore is one of only 26 venues to reach the gold standard and one of only three inScotland.

 

Without our dedicated staff we would not be able to deliver gold standard services to our patients and customers, so, on behalf of the Board, I would like to say a big thank you and well done!

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