Fife health care hero Gail scoops award

Gail Hogg, who works as an occupational therapist in Whyteman's Brae, Kirkcaldy, won an award
Gail Hogg, who works as an occupational therapist in Whyteman's Brae, Kirkcaldy, won an award
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An occupational therapist who works in a Kirkcaldy hospital has scooped a prestigious healthcare award.

Gail Hogg, who is based at Whyteman’s Brae, won a top accolade at last week’s Scottish Health Awards 2013 in recognition of her invaluable contribution to Scottish healthcare.

Gail (47), who is employed as an occupational therapist in the Older Adult Mental Health Occupational Therapy service, was awarded the Therapist Award.

She has been instrumental in providing a high quality, responsive service and has worked tirelessly to ensure her patients are given the best care.

Her outstanding work providing cognitive stimulation therapy and offering support to the carers of these patients has helped to reduce their worry and stress, enabling them to build relationships with people in similar situations.

She told the Press: “I was overwhelmed to win the award. There were so many people in the room at the awards doing amazing things as well, so even to be chosen as a finalist and get there in the first place is an achievement in itself. I’m not one for taking a lot of praise, I just love my job. But to have your work recognised is an honour, I am very humbled.”

Gail works with patients over the age of 65 who have mental health problems such as dementia, alzheimers and depression, as well as working closely with carers.

She added: “I love working with the patients they really are a great bunch of people.”

Dr Brian Montgomery, interim chief executive at NHS Fife, said he was pleased 
that Mrs Hogg’s work has 
been honoured with an accolade.

He said: “I am delighted to congratulate Gail on winning a Scottish Health Award.

“It is wonderful that her dedication and commitment to enhancing our services has been recognised in this way, she is an example of the good work carried out every day by all NHS staff.”

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards - which are managed by the Scottish Government and The Daily Record - recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care.

A panel of judges selected the winner of each category from three finalists at the awards ceremony which took place in Edinburgh .