Forth Valley workers up for top health awards

Forth Valley Royal Hospital where two of the nominated health workers are based
Forth Valley Royal Hospital where two of the nominated health workers are based

Three NHS Forth Valley workers have been shortlisted as finalists for the Scottish Health Awards 2015.

Liz MacMillan of Forth Valley Royal Hospital has been listed for the Nurse Award.

The hospital’s first ever Macmillan nurse, she has been a part of the health board’s Oncology Unit for many years.

She is currently undertaking a national secondment with Macmillan Cancer Support, focusing on care for cancer patients, and has been praised for her “work ethic and enthusiasm”.

Liz has also been described as an inspiration to other oncology nurses across the country.

In addition, Natalie Kerr (33), a biomedical scientist at the hospital, has been shortlisted for the Support Worker Award. She has worked at the hospital for 16 years since leaving school and received her degree in Biomedical Science from Napier University.

Up as a finalist in the Care for Mental Health Award 
category is Isabel Reed.

The 51-year-old is integrated mental health manager at Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre and has been a part of NHS Forth Valley for 24 years. The Mental Health Service recently retained customer service excellence accreditation following an inspection.

The health authority’s Eating Disorder Service has also been named as a finalist in the category.

NHS Forth Valley’s chief executive Jane Grant said: “We are immensely proud to hear that our staff are amongst the finalists.

“These awards are a superb way of saying thank you to those who are always prepared to go the extra mile to help others and are a wonderful opportunity for good work to be recognised.”