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Staff Resources & Support

This page is intended to assist AHPs in finding out more information about their career development and the NES NMAHP Transforming Roles Programme.

The Lead for this workstream for AHPs in NHSGGC is Dr Mhairi Brandon.

If you have any questions on the NHSGGC AHP transforming roles workstream please get in touch with Mhairi directly.

Transforming NMAHP roles | NHS Education for Scotland

Visiting Resources for Staff

The following resources are available:

Person Centred Virtual Visiting – Information For Staff

The following documents provide help and guidance to ensure you are familiar with supporting patients and their relatives and friends to receive ‘virtual visit’ (video calls) and how to do this safely and efficiently at all times.

  1. Standard Operating Procedure for Staff and volunteers, for use of the ‘virtual visiting’ iPads.  Please check this regularly as Covid-19 Guidance is updated and new additions are added.
  2. Guide to using vCreate 
  3. Guide to using Communication Support Tools
  4. Guide to having 3 or more people in a virtual visit

If you need additional support or guidance, please email virtual.visit@ggc.scot.nhs.uk in the first instance.

A report has been developed with information about the setup, maintenance, improvements and evaluation of the Person Centred Virtual Visiting service.

What Matters to You Day

The Scottish MRSA Reference Laboratory (SMRSARL) was established in April 1997. We were created in response to a rapid increase in the number of MRSA infections identified in hospitals across Scotland. We are commissioned by Public Health Scotland (PHS) who are part of the National Services Division for Scotland. Since November 2013, the SMRSARL has been located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The laboratory provides a national MRSA reference service for isolates from diagnostic laboratories throughout Scotland. The services we provide include: confirmation of MRSA status, detection of various toxin genes and epidemiological typing of strains. We also provide advice on infection control issues and have an ongoing research and development program. We collaborate with PHS to provide data on the national trends in MRSA epidemiology in Scotland.

The Scottish Antimicrobial Resistance Service (SAMRS) is located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The SAMRS is commissioned by Public Health Scotland (PHS), which is part of the National Services Division for Scotland.

Currently, the SAMRS investigates carbapenem resistance in Enterobacterales, Pseudomonads, Acinetobacter species and other healthcare associated Gram negative bacteria. The service was formed in 2016 in response to the increasing incidence of carbapenemases across Scotland. Initially, the service only provided molecular detection of four of the ‘Big 5’ carbapenemase genes (KPC, NDM, VIM and OXA-48), with IMP detection being introduced in 2017. In 2018, a further molecular assay was introduced for the detection of OXA-23, OXA-24/40, OXA-51 and OXA-58 in isolates of Acinetobacter species. Finally, broth microdilution was introduced in 2019, which allows staff to further screen for other mechanisms of resistance (including rare carbapenemases).

We investigate colistin resistance (in isolates which do not exhibit intrinsic resistance) and other exceptional phenotypes demonstrated by Enterobacterales, Pseudomonads, Acinetobacter species and other healthcare associated Gram negative bacteria. We also provide cefiderocol sensitivity testing for multidrug resistant organisms (on request).

Since November 2013, the Enteric Bacterial Infections Service (EBIS) (formerly known as the Scottish Salmonella, Shigella and Clostridioides difficile Reference Laboratory (SSSCDRL) has been located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The EBIS are the National Reference Centre for the characterisation of Salmonella, Shigella & C. difficile and we are commissioned by Public Health Scotland (PHS), which is part of the National Services Division for Scotland.

The EBIS provides antimicrobial susceptibility testing and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) of these pathogenic enteric bacteria. The Laboratory actively participates in training, development and relevant externally-funded research and works closely with a number of agencies including PHS and the Gastrointestinal Bacterial Reference unit (GBRU), London.

The laboratory is a participant in the EC-funded programme organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for surveillance of gastrointestinal infections.

The Diagnostic and Reference Parasitology Service (DRPS) (formerly known as the Scottish Parasite Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (SPDRL)) was established in 1982 with the aim of providing an efficient and effective parasite diagnostic and advisory service for Scotland.

We are commissioned by Public Health Scotland (PHS), which is part of the National Services Division for Scotland. Since November 2013, the DRPS has been located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The DPRS provides a service to Medical Microbiology laboratories across Scotland. The services offered include: diagnosis and identification of parasites in clinical material, diagnosis of human parasite diseases by immunological methods, advice regarding investigation of patients and the appropriateness of tests and finally, advice about prophylaxis and treatment.

Striving for excellence in education and training as individuals, teams and as an organisation.

Welcome from Director of Medical Education

Dear Colleague

Welcome to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and for many of you, welcome back.

You are about to embark on a new post as part of your medical career. With any changeover period, this can be a challenging time for both you and your colleagues. Our NHSGGC induction programme aims to mitigate those stresses and strains as much as possible.

Within NHSGGC we strive for excellence in medical education and there will be feedback opportunities at the end of blocks and via the GMC National trainee survey. We are genuinely interested in your constructive feedback about your experience with us.

Teaching and training have changed in many ways over these last few years – much of the innovation has been suggested and implemented by doctors in training. If you would like to introduce a different and innovative way of how we deliver teaching and training – please get in touch, we would be delighted to hear from you.

At any time in your training – if there is something going wrong, or you see something which you think is incorrect or unsafe, please tell someone. You will meet your educational supervisor early on in your rotation and they will often be your first point of contact. Please remember that your peers, colleagues, nursing staff and medical managers are there to support you in your medical post and help you to deliver excellent patient care.

I hope you enjoy your time in post within NHSGGC.

Best wishes

Dr Lindsay Donaldson

Director of Medical Education
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
NHSGGC

The laboratory is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).

There is a limited ‘on-call’ service on weekend mornings to support the cardiac transplant service.

For all non-urgent laboratory enquiries, please email Immunology.Labs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or Neuroimmunology.Labs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Please phone the laboratory to discuss all urgent requests.

  • Immunology enquiries: 0141 347 8872
  • Neuroimmunology enquiries: 0141 354 9010
  • Clinical Immunology secretary: 0141 232 7693 

Postal Address

Department of Immunology & Neuroimmunology
Level 1B, Laboratory Medicine & Facilities Management Building
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow
G51 4TF