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Respiratory physiotherapist Pamela Vaughn is a finalist in the 2021 Scottish Health Awards

The 'incredible resolve and flexibility' of staff since the onset of the pandemic has won praise


Glasgow-based physiotherapist Pamela Vaughn has been named as one of the finalists vying to win the allied health professional (AHP) category in the 2021 Scottish Health Awards.

Pamela, an advanced respiratory physiotherapist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, was named as one of three finalists in a Daily Record article published earlier this week (16 October).

The newspaper is running the prestigious awards with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. The AHP category is one of 16 featured in the Scottish Health Awards, the final of which is scheduled to take place at the O2 Academy in Edinburgh on 4 November.

Collaboration is 'key'

On hearing the news, Pamela told PhysioUpdate: 'I am honoured and so grateful to have been nominated for this award. I feel very lucky to have had the support and opportunities to work in an incredible profession that allows me to feel a valued part of a wider team. Healthcare is a real team effort with the success of patient care rarely being down to solo efforts, but the combined and collaborative efforts of many.' 

Pamela added: 'This has never been so important as during the pandemic and the last 18 months have seen us pull together like never before. I have never felt prouder of the work we do for our patients.'

Pamela and her colleague Lorraine Wishart helped to develop a pioneering digital resource for patients that features in an item appearing on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s website

She said: ‘Bronchiectasis is a condition which can be difficult for patients to understand and manage. These videos make it much easier for patients to visualise it, and more importantly, to manage it.

‘We find utilising videos to engage with patients is a valuable tool to empower people to manage their condition from the comfort of their homes and within their communities.

Pamela added: 'Delivering person-centred care is at the heart of every decision we take and the new resource plays well into to this approach. Feedback from patients so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ll certainly be exploring other ways to develop videos for other conditions which help us continue to deliver safe and effective care to patients.’

For more information, visit: https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-services/respiratory-services/respiratory-resources-bronchiectasis

The other two finalists in the AHP category are occupational therapist Gemma O’Neil, from NHS Ayrshire & Arran, and Jane Allison, a podiatrist with NHS Borders.

A statement on the awards’ website praises the ‘incredible resolve and flexibility’ that health and social care staff have displayed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

It adds: ‘The NHS was put on an emergency footing – maintaining urgent care, flexing capacity from paused services to meet demand and developing innovative ways of working.’

The 16 categories are as follows

• Allied Health Professional Award

• Support Worker Award

• Innovation Award

• Volunteers Award

• Midwife Award

• Young Achiever Award

• Unsung Hero Award

• Care for Mental Health Award

• Integrated Care Award

• Tackling Health Inequalities Award

• Leader of the Year Award

• Nurse Award

• Doctor Award

• Top Team Award

• Global Citizenship Award

• People’s Choice Award 

For more information, visit: https://www.scottishhealthawards.com

This article was updated on 20 October to include a response from Pamela for PhysioUpdate.

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