Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Ideas, improvements and innovations from Scotland's national hospital



Following a strong track record in innovating patient care, the Golden Jubilee National Hospital today launched its Innovation Café providing staff with an outlet for new ideas and concepts.


The health service must constantly develop to ensure it provides the highest quality of care. Becoming creative thinkers, becoming innovative in the way the NHS works, and implementing effective new ideas, are integral parts of building a culture of improvement.


To further develop this culture, the Golden Jubilee is currently working on different ways to create the right environment for their staff to flourish, not just in their every day role, but to allow them to develop ‘side projects’, whether that is in ground-breaking medical research, developing new ways to treat patients faster, or even a new way of fulfilling their role better.


Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, said: “Our Innovation Café is just one of the ways we are encouraging our staff to be active participants in improvement and innovation. Creativity comes from encouraging and supporting our staff to seek innovation in their work


“The most important aspect is that the end product will be better patient care. Every new piece of research, every new project, or every new strategy we undertake, we do it to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our patients. “


Track record

The Golden Jubilee has a great track record in innovation. Some recent examples include:


  • The enhanced recovery programme – a  multidisciplinary team approach which mobilises the patient on the day of surgery and reduces the length of stay, which was originally introduced for our orthopaedic patients. The benefits to patients are well documented and it is being rolled out across all orthopaedic services in NHSScotland and to our other specialties at the Golden Jubilee.


  • The Golden Jubilee was the first hospital in Scotland to perform a Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement, a procedure which allows this specific valve to be replaced via a vein in the leg, avoiding the need for open heart surgery for patients who have specific congenital heart problems.


  • Devising and launching 3D training, which allows orthopaedic medical students, trainee doctors and clinicians to practice surgical and regional anaesthesia techniques on 3D models and animations. In the future, it could also be used to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, through seeing a visual representation of what their treatment will involve.


  • Many of the Golden Jubilee’s medical staff are involved in a number of national and international research trials in cardiology, orthopaedics, anaesthesia and cardiothoracic surgery.



The launch of the Innovation Café continues the hospital’s vision of leading quality, research and innovation for NHSScotland.


Attendees at the event included Glasgow Science Centre, the Scottish Government, the Beardmore Centre for Health Science, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL).


A welcome was provided by Dr Heather Reid OBE.


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