Caring Fifers finalists in health awards

Prof Jim McGoldrick
Prof Jim McGoldrick

Caring health professionals and volunteers from across Fife have been unveiled as finalists for prestigious national accolades at the Scottish Health Awards 2012.

Individuals and teams from across NHS Fife are in the running to potentially collect up to nine awards at the glittering award ceremony in Edinburgh next month.

Elizabeth Davidovic, a healthcare support worker at Whytemans Brae Hospital in Kirkcaldy, is one of three Fife contenders to collect the Support Workers Award. She will be joined by Carol Prattis and Janet Love, occupational therapy support workers at Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline.

A local volunteer driver for Fife Palliative Care Team at Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy has also been nominated for a top accolade at the Scottish Health Awards.

David Hamilton has been selected as a finalist for the Unsung Hero Award to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to supporting local patients and their families. He has been volunteering for Victoria Hospice for over 15 years to ensure that patients have access to transport directly from their home.

During this time he has driven all over Fife to take patients to assessments or for treatment and has also supported family members by taking them to visit their loved ones at the hospice.

Every task is approached by David with good humour and compassion.

Other local finalists include: Denise James, relaxation therapist with Fife Palliative Care Team who has been nominated for the Therapist Award; Alison Long and the team of occupational therapists and support workers, who are based at the older adults mental health occupational therapy service at Whytemans Brae Hospital - they have been shortlisted for the Care for Mental Health Award and Gwen Smith, midwife at Victoria Hospital, who has been nominated for the Healthier Lifestyle Award.

Prof James McGoldrick, chairman of NHS Fife Board, said: “I would like to congratulate our staff whose hard work and commitment to provide such a high standard of care has led to their nominations at such a prestigious awards ceremony.

“I am always impressed by the enthusiasm we have in NHS Fife and I am pleased that some of these individuals will have the opportunity to be recognised at this national event. I wish them all well at the finals.”

The Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the commitment and hard work of those who work in and with NHS Scotland to provide an outstanding level of care to the public.

The winners of the Scottish Health Awards 2012 will be announced at the prestig-ious award ceremony in Edinburgh’s Corn Ex-change on Thursday, November 8.