Lanarkshire NHS staff look set to be recognised for "exemplary care" after they were nominated for prestigious national awards. 

A number of staff have been shortlisted for the Scottish Health Awards from hundreds of nominees. 

Among them are three nominees for the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (SLHSCP), making the final cut in recognition of their expertise, benefiting people across communities.

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Janice McClymont, head of profession in occupational therapy services, has been nominated for the People's Choice Award and Leader of the Year after creating a supportive culture for all those she works with and has been described as ‘an inspiration to all’.

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Jacqueline McKechnie, a retired nurse who worked at University Hospital Hairmyres, has also been shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award.

Over the course of a 40-year career, Jackie made innumerable kind gestures for patients such as knitting teddy bears with NHS badges and offering them in exchange for donations.

Despite suffering from two heart attacks, she completed a charity walk and donated money for supplies for patients, including tights, sanitary items, and toiletries.

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Physiotherapist Paulina Ranizsewska is a finalist in the Allied Health Professional category and has been described as a 'one-woman powerhouse as her contribution to the field of Long Covid for SLHSCP has been scaled up nationally.

Professor Jann Gardner, Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire, and Professor Soumen Sengupta, Director of Health and Social Care for South Lanarkshire, praised the outstanding commitment that has once again put Lanarkshire in the national spotlight.

“The resilience and professionalism of our colleagues across our health and care services continues to shine – and shine brightly,” said Professor Gardner.

"Doing the best we can for local people and communities relies on our staff collaborating, innovating, and having immense drive. We see that very commitment each day, and the fact that several of our colleagues are contenders for such accolades comes as no great surprise. Very well done, Team Lanarkshire. ”

Glasgow Times: South Lanarkshire HSCP Community Nurses (End of Life Care)South Lanarkshire HSCP Community Nurses (End of Life Care) (Image: Supplied)

SLHSCP Community Nurses (End of Life Care) are also finalists in the Integration Award. Known for their knowledge and recognition when someone is approaching the end of their life by making them at ease by talking to them and their families, they have been rewarded for helping families at a time of need.

Professor Sengupta added: “Our finalists continue the exceptionally strong Lanarkshire representation that’s been present at these awards in recent years. Each and every one personifies the outstanding dedication which spans our diverse services.

“We wish all of our finalists every success for the night.”