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April 12, 2024

Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service finalists for national award

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The Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) nursing team at NHS Golden Jubilee have been named finalists in the prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scottish Nurse of the Year Awards 2024.

Recognised in the Nursing Team of the Year category, the nomination highlights the SACCS team’s exceptional dedication to delivering outstanding patient care, pioneering efforts in innovation and excellence in improving patient outcomes. 

The RCN proudly hosts the annual Scottish Nurse of the Year Awards to honour the dedication and exceptional care provided by nursing staff across various specialties and roles.

These awards celebrate innovation, leadership, and a commitment to learning in the nursing community, highlighting the invaluable contributions of registered nurses, nursing support workers, nursing teams, and students.

Providing a range of services, including surgeries, interventions, and comprehensive assessments for patients with congenital heart disease, the team plays a vital role in the lives of many patients.

The team invest significant time and effort in building lifelong relationships with their patients, recognising the importance of communication and trust in providing excellent patient care.

Introducing initiatives such as face-to-face transition events for paediatric patients and open evenings for individuals with congenital heart conditions, the unit has gone above and beyond to support their patients and their families through challenging times.

Executive Nurse Director at NHS Golden Jubilee, Anne Marie Cavanagh, said: "We are immensely proud of the SACCS nursing team's well-deserved recognition as finalists in the RCN Scottish Nurse of the Year Awards.

“Their commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, fostering innovation, and driving continuous improvement serves as a beacon of inspiration for healthcare colleagues, patients and families.”

The NHS Golden Jubilee SACCS unit delivers services to patients from across Scotland, inspiring the team to implement innovative approaches to engage and communicate with patients and their families.

Through technology and establishing dedicated support lines, the team have successfully ensured that all patients have access to specialist care, regardless of their location.

The nomination highlighted their collaborative skills, with each member bringing unique expertise and dedication to providing safe and patient centred care, including specialist expertise in working with patients with disabilities.

The team have also played a crucial role in collaborating with local and national forums, sharing insights, championing their service, contributing to the effectiveness of treatments and care for patients both now and in the future.

The RCN Scottish Nurse of the Year Awards ceremony will take place on 23 May 2024 at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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