The winners for each award category are shown below.
Independent dancer Christina Liddell has picked up the Children’s Choice Award as someone special who has made a significant difference to a child or young person whilst they were undergoing treatment and whose care really stood out.
Sunndach and Calareidh are both 24-hour nurse-led respite centres within NHS Lothian. The teams care for children with complex care needs within a community-based environment; some on a residential basis, some who are shared-care and others who come in for respite. Their work makes a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Tara Irvin has worked in nursing for over three decades. The experience, knowledge and skills she’s gained throughout the years in community roles – in School Nursing and then in Health Improvement – have proved invaluable in her current job as Young People’s Health Development Worker at NHS Fife. Tara is a passionate champion of Children’s Rights and this award acknowledges the extraordinary steps she has taken to advance the healthcare rights of children and young people.
They say laughter is the best medicine and Hearts and Minds’ Clowndoctors and Elderflowers are dispensing it generously. These professional creative artists are helping bring joy and laughter to children in hospital, hospice care and Special Educational Need Schools – and to adults living with dementia in residential care across Scotland. They are worthy winners of a Scottish Children’s Health Award, winning the Health-Related play category.
AWARD 5 | IMPROVING LIFE EXPERIENCES AWARD
WINNER | Children and Young People Continence Service Fife
This award recognises the commitment and expertise of a team who has made a significant difference to improving life experiences of a child or young person undergoing treatment. Today we are delighted to unveil the Children and Young People Continence Service Fife as the winner of the Improving Life Experiences Award.
This award acknowledges a child who has kept going, when it might have been so much easier to give up and shown great determination. We are delighted to announce Jack Tait as a joint winner of this award. According to Ann McMurray, his asthma nurse specialist at NHS Lothian, “Jack rarely complains about taking medications, having physiotherapy or having invasive tests. He has found ways of coping with his health conditions and writes stories to convey how he’s feeling. He always puts on a brave face and is a worthy winner of this award.”
Just before Isabella Rennie turned two she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and then a spinal tumour. After undergoing brain surgery she spent many months in the neurology ward at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. This award acknowledges a child who has kept going, when it might have been so much easier to give up and shown great determination. We are delighted to announce Isabella Rennie as a joint winner of this award.