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Highland Healthcare Manager Wins Scottish Health Award

Issued: 9 Nov 2007

An Unscheduled Care Programme Manager from Raigmore Hospital in Inverness picked up a high profile honour at the Scottish Health Awards 2007 last night, Thursday 8 November, in recognition of her achievement in reducing hospital waiting times for patients across the Highlands.

Maimie Thompson collected the Top Manager after being nominated by a colleague for her work in reducing waiting times for patients in emergency departments across the Highlands. Her role has allowed clinical colleagues to focus on providing expert patient care while she developed best practice and improved the patient experience through turning the ideas and views of healthcare professionals into positive changes. Maimie's natural talent, professional approach and dedication have delivered great results and patient waiting times have improved from only 87 per cent of patients being seen within four hours to 98 per cent.

Christine McFarlane-Slack, who nominated Maimie commented: "The approach that Maimie has taken has assisted in the development of a superb team within NHS Highland and has set the scene for ongoing improvement through her commitment and dedication."

Chief Executive Dr. Roger Gibbins said:

"I must congratulate Maimie on her success at year's Scottish Health Awards. It is always great to see the hard work and dedication of NHS Highland's staff being recognised."

Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"People working in the NHS make a difference every day, and they don't always get the recognition they deserve. The Daily Record Scottish Health Awards is a chance for the whole of the NHS and patients to celebrate the hard work and dedication of some special members of staff.

"A range of awards are given - to people who volunteer their time, to those who help keep hospitals clean, to the specialist clinical staff. All of these roles are equally important in delivering high quality health care for patients in Scotland."

People in the Highlands are thanked for pledging their support for local NHS workers who have shown commitment and dedication to patients and the community. The winners of the Scottish Health Awards 2007 were announced in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th November, at a gala dinner award ceremony.

The Scottish Health Awards, now in their fifth year, are designed to acknowledge the dedication, professionalism and hard work of all who work in and with our National Health Service in Scotland to deliver quality healthcare and patient treatment.

The aim of the Scottish Health Awards is to recognise and reward Scotland's most committed and caring NHS workers who are prepared to go the extra mile. People who might be in jobs that normally don't have a high profile and who generally should be recognised for their commitment to the NHS and their loyalty and devotion to their patients.

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