Rhona and her team shortlisted for care for long-term illness award

Sandy Watson, NHS Tayside.
Sandy Watson, NHS Tayside.

Rhona Guild and the Primary Care Team of the Angus Community Health Partnership based in St Margaret’s House in Forfar are among four healthcare professionals and teams from Tayside announced as finalists at the Scottish Health Awards 2014.

Rhona and the team have been shortlisted as finalists for the Care for Long-Term Illness Award.

Angus Community Health Partnership has a small team of four staff who are all engaged with many local and national Self Management initiatives throughout Angus. The team is led by Rhona who is the Primary Care Manager and the designated Long Term Conditions Lead.

The aim of the CHP is to establish and develop high quality local services that meet the needs of people in Angus. They work to help people in the region take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

On top of the regular work they do, Rhona and her team also organise peer support groups ‘out of hours’ for people with arthritis, severe pain and diabetes.

Services for long term conditions and disease specific work is progressed by the Primary Care Team (PCT), such as the joint peer support/education diabetes forums they manage across three major Angus towns.

Angus PCT has developed a range of new services to meet the needs of people living with long term conditions. They collaborate at every step of the planning process with those affected.

Rhona also chairs the Angus Self Management Network, a strategic group which includes representatives from all local peer support groups in Angus, as well as other third sector and statutory agencies.

The nominees fought off stiff competition from across the country to secure their place at this year’s glittering award ceremony in November.

Sandy Watson, Chairman of NHS Tayside, said: “I am delighted to congratulate our finalists on reaching the final stage of the Scottish Health Awards. Their hard work and dedication to enhancing patient services is an example of all our staff’s commitment to provide the best possible care for our patients.

“I wish them the best of luck at the final award ceremony.”

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care.

The award winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on November 6 at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. To view the full list of finalists visit www.scottishhealthawards.com