Published: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

End of an era as Chair steps down from the Golden Jubilee Foundation




After five years as Chair of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, Jeane Freeman will officially step down in the middle of March and conducted her final meeting of the Board in February.


Since taking the role in 2010, Jeane has been a key part of driving forward the Golden Jubilee’s commitment to leading quality, research and innovation as it has continued to evolve as the home of regional and national heart and lung services, a major centre for orthopaedics and one of the largest providers of cataract surgery in the UK.


Commenting on her time as Chair, Jeane said: “It has been my absolute honour and privilege to serve as the Chair of the Golden Jubilee for the past six years. It has been incredible to see the developments and changes that have taken place during this time and the positive difference we are able to make to so many people all across Scotland.  All of that has been possible because of the talented and special people who work here and who, every day, do the very best job they can.”


Among the highlights of Jeane’s tenure with the Board is the rapid expansion of the Golden Jubilee Foundation across its services. In 2011, Jeane presided over the opening of the Golden Jubilee Research Institute (previously the Beardmore Centre for Health Science), a state of the art research and clinical skills facility, allowing the Foundation to begin laying the groundwork for much of the cutting-edge research which they have become known for.


Over the course of the last six years, the Orthopaedic service has undergone continued expansion, increasing its capacity on four occasions to treat more patients than ever before. As well as providing 25% of all hip and knee replacements for NHSScotland, the Orthopaedic service continues to lead the way in enhanced recovery and pioneering technologies such as computer assisted surgery.


It was also recently announced that thanks to the success of the “Golden Jubilee Model” there will be further expansion to the hospital’s services as well as the creation of other centres using this approach to help patients across Scotland receive the highest standard of care.


Heart services at the hospital treat more patients than ever before, more than tripling the number of life saving heart transplants carried out in a year and playing a key role in groundbreaking research trials including the UK’s first gene therapy trial for heart failure and the PRAMI trial, which found preventative angioplasty could save thousands of lives each year.


Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee, Jill Young said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Jeane as our Chair. She has been crucial in driving us forward as leaders in safe, effective and person centred care, overseeing our continued growth as a national resource and rebranding as the Golden Jubilee Foundation as we continue to lead innovation for NHSScotland.


“Although we are sorry to see Jeane leave our Board, Jeane’s lasting legacy is her dedication to both our patients and staff, knowing that without them, none of the work we do here would be possible. Our Board will miss Jeane but wish her well as she moves on to the next chapter in her life.”


Since 2010, the Golden Jubilee has become renowned as a person centred organisation:

  • Received accolades including: Healthy Working Lives Gold Award, Investors in People, Investors in Diversity and Investors in Volunteers.
  • Consistently being named the top NHSScotland Health Board in the prestigious Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI), climbing into the top 100 organisations in the UK over the past two years to be named both Most Improved Employer and the top Health and Social Care Provider.
  • Patients have consistently noted a 98.7% positive engagement score, with 94% stating they considered the service “excellent” in the most recent inpatient survey.

In recent years, Jeane has been at the forefront of the Foundation’s work on equality, becoming the first NHS Chair to sign the NoBystanders pledge, alongside the Chief Executive, to wipe out bullying in the workplace.


Jeane added: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do here, and always will be. But getting it right for our patients and guest means getting it right for our staff and valuing their work and commitment.  Without a diverse and values based workforce we can’t hope to offer the highest possible standard of care for everyone that walks through our doors. I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished during my time at the Golden Jubilee, and I am confident that going forward the Foundation will continue to improve their services and continue to be a safe, welcoming place for all of our patients and visitors.” 

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