An NHS Forth Valley speech and language therapist currently on secondment to Strathcarron Hospice has won a top award for her efforts to improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients. Sally Boa beat off competition from across Scotland to pick up the ‘Innovation Award’ at the Scottish Health Awards 2013.
Sally’s innovative approach which involved practical research and theory-based intervention placed emphasis on supporting patients to achieve what is important to them in the final period of their life
NHS Forth Valley also had four other finalists at the awards – Dr Dan Beckett, Consultant Acute Physician/Speciality Lead for Acute Medicine, Senior Learning Disability Nurse Caroline Gill and her nursing team, Sister-Midwife Debbie Forbes and Alison Kilgour, founder of charity So Precious.
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.
NHS Forth Valley Chief Executive Jane Grant said: “I am delighted to hear that Sally has won the Innovation Award and would like to offer my congratulations to her and our other finalists. These awards are a superb way of saying thank you to those who are always prepared to go the extra mile to help others. Successes like this not only recognise the care we give our patients but also act as an inspiration to colleagues throughout our organisation.”