Two radiography awards for NHS Tayside team

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NHS Tayside staff have scooped two awards at the Radiography Team of the Year awards, run by the Society of Radiographers.

The Paediatric Imaging Tayside Study sessions (PITSS) team at NHS Tayside has been unveiled as the UK Radiography Team of the Year for 2013.

They received the prestigious award in recognition of their commitment to excellence in developing services and to placing patients at the centre of all activities.

The Radiography Team of the Year awards, organised by the Society of Radiographers, celebrate the hard work and dedication of radiography teams across the country.

The PITSS team was recognised for bringing an initiative to Tayside that aims to raise the standards of paediatric imaging in non-paediatric radiology departments.

The team held study events, which attracted staff from NHS Tayside, Grampian, Highland and Fife, to demonstrate the specialised techniques required for the best paediatric radiography.

A number of medical professionals, including radiologists, physiotherapists and nurses, also attended the study sessions.

The members of the PITSS team, who are John Temple, Amy Low, Roderick Bruce, Rachel Cairns and Chris Buchanan, will be presented with their award at a special ceremony in the House of Commons next month.

The team also scooped the Scottish Radiography Team of the Year award for 2013.

John Temple, Specialist Radiographer at NHS Tayside, said “The PITSS team is tremendously honoured to receive such a prestigious award and is proud to have represented firstly NHS Tayside and later Scotland in this competition.

“We understand that we are the first Scottish team to win the UK award. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts by attending our events. Special thanks go to Jane Williams-Butt and Doctor Sanjay Pillai for their help and support.

“It is our hope that we can build on this success and continue to raise awareness of the need for higher standards of paediatric imaging.

“Our paediatric patients deserve the best care we can give and they are the ultimate winners.”