The emergency department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been named “team of the year” at a national event.
The group was praised during the Scottish Medical Education Conference (SMEC) earlier this month for its hard work improving the department following a challenging period in 2013.
Judges cited its “inclusive, team-based and non-hierarchical culture, where there is a sense that trainees work with consultants, rather than for them”.
As a result of the award, the ED team will now be used as a case study by the General Medical Council (GMC) highlighting the significant changes made.
The SMEC took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre at the start of this month and was attended by staff from NHS boards across the country, as well as students, trainees and teachers.
It comes as the latest statistics reveal, between April 2015 and March 2016, NHS Grampian recorded almost 100,000 Accident and Emergency attendances, more than half of which were out of hours.
Around 10% of these were for babies and toddlers between the ages of 0-4 years old, followed by more then 8,500 emergency department attendances by the 20-24 age group and more than 7,000 in the 15-19 age group.
The latest statistics also reveal the region goes against the Scotland-wide trend of people from the most deprived backgrounds coming to A&E most often – with almost a quarter of all attendances in NHS Grampian 2015/16 made by those from the least deprived backgrounds, the highest of any group in the area.
In March 2012 the health board marked a record number of A&E attendances, with 10,014 cases of people seeking urgent emergency care. The number of people attending the department has dropped overall since October 2013 and hit a five-year low in 2015/16.
In March last year NHS Grampian was one of only six health boards to meet a waiting time target for accident and emergency treatment, with the Scottish Government’s 95% target to treat within four hours met across NHS Grampian’s sites.