NHS Lothian achieves Investors in People

NHS Lothian has today (29 April) been officially recognised as the largest organisation in Scotland to achieve the prestigious Investors in People Award.

The Investors in People Standard marks the most successful framework for business improvement through people and represents a true commitment to employees.

Tim Davison, Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, said: “Achieving Investors in People status is a major milestone for NHS Lothian and demonstrates a solid foundation for good practice in the way that we manage and develop staff throughout the organisation.

“The Investors in People accreditation confirms that our Staff Governance arrangements are effective and that staff and managers are committed to these.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all staff and this award reiterates that we are working closely with staff to improve their working environment and to ensure that systems and processes are in place to address any concerns that staff have.”

Alan Boyter, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, NHS Lothian said: “In order to achieve the Investors in People standard each of our 24 service areas had to meet the standard set by IIP Scotland.

“This is a remarkable achievement for an organisation of this size and complexity.

“I know how hard many thousands of our staff had to work to achieve this level of recognition. Work has already started to build on this magnificent achievement to ensure patients receive quality, safe and person-centred care.

“This assessment process also highlighted areas of improvement which we are currently taking forward in order to maintain our Investors in People accreditation.”

Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for NHS Lothian. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement.”

“Investors in People offers a flexible, practical and easy to use business improvement tool designed to help organisations and their people achieve their objectives. I hope that more organisations in the area and across the NHS will be encouraged to sharpen their edge by choosing to work with us.”

NHS Lothian provides healthcare for the 800,000 residents of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian and employs more than 24,000 staff.



Notes to Editors


  • NHS Lothian staff are employed in a wide variety of roles including treatment and care, scientific and technical, trades, skilled and support, management and administrative and information and IT. The Investors in People status is recognised at all sites where NHS Lothian employees work. 
  • The process involved more than 1,300 employees meeting with external Investors in People specialists to share their experiences. The result is that NHS Lothian is the largest organisation in Scotland to achieve this award.
  • Investors in People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use tool for improving business performance and competitiveness through good practice in people strategy. http://www.iipscotland.co.uk/
  • An organisation that has achieved Investors in People has been successful in adopting and maintaining its three fundamental principles: Plan - developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation, from business goals to leadership strategies; Do - implementing those strategies, taking action to improve the performance of the organisation; Review - evaluating and adjusting those strategies, measuring their impact on the performance of the organisation.




Issued: 29.04.13

David Ridd

Communications Manager

NHS Lothian

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