Lothian healthcare heroes shortlisted at Scottish Health Awards

Four individuals and three healthcare teams from Lothian have been selected as finalists at the Scottish Health Awards 2016.
Orla Duncan, psychosocial nurse practitioner at Royal Hospital for Sick Children has been shortlisted for the both the Nurse Award and Unsung Hero Award thanks to her unwavering dedication to improving the lives of her patients and their families.
Helen Barker, GP at Cromwell Harbour Medical Practice in Dunbar has been named as a finalist for the Doctor Award, while Joyce Ryan, ward clerkess within Forensic Mental Health at Orchard Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital has been shortlisted for the Support Worker Award. Louise Noone, specialist physiotherapist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children is a finalist in the Therapist Award category.
The SANDS Team at St John's Hospital has been shortlisted for the Top Team Award and the Patient Experience and Anticipatory Care Plan Team at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh has reached the finals of the Innovation Award category.
In addition, a team from NHS Lothian was involved in the The Safer Prescribing Through Better Use of Data team group which has reached the finals of the Innovation Award.
All nominees fought off stiff competition from across the country to secure their place at this year’s glittering award ceremony in November.
Professor Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy for NHS Lothian, said: "We would like to congratulate our deserving staff who have been chosen as finalists in the prestigious Scottish Health Awards.  This is a significant achievement and it is rewarding to see their work and commitment being recognised.  We are delighted that they are finalists and wish them good luck in the next stage of the process.”
Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care. 
There are 16 award categories in total, including the Nurse Award, the Volunteers Award, and the Doctor Award, and the winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 3 November at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. 
To view the full list of finalists, or for more information, please visit www.scottishhealthawards.com
Further information on all finalists is available on request. 
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A specially selected panel of judges have selected the finalists in each category. 
The Scottish Health Awards 2016 is managed by the Scottish Government and the Daily Record.