Inverclyde council and HSCP staff honoured at awards

Inverclyde council and HSCP staff honoured at awards

The award winners

Hard-working Inverclyde Council and health and social care staff have been honoured for their service to the local area.

Trophies and certificates were presented at the Pride of Inverclyde staff awards at the Beacon Arts Centre on Monday 22 May 2023 – the first time they have been held since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event recognised council staff across a range of services, including the health and social care partnership (HSCP), for their work supporting residents, businesses, and communities.

There were awards for the teams involved in: providing a safe haven to asylum seekers and refugees through the various ‘New to Scotland’ programmes supporting families who had to flee war-torn countries such as Ukraine and Afghanistan; tackling period poverty by making sanitary products free and accessible for all; and providing sector-leading health and safety advice and guidance, particularly during the pandemic.

Long Service Awards were also presented to seven members of staff who have each worked with the council for more than 45 years – or in excess of 315 years combined.

The Employee of the Year Award went to Nicola McGhee, who is the clerical lead at the Inverclyde Centre for Independent Living, for carrying out her day-to-day work to the highest standard, delivering positive change within the service, and supporting colleagues and service users – often going ‘over and above’ the call of duty on a regular basis.

Nicola said: “I was absolutely delighted to win Employee of the Year. I love my job at the Centre for Independent Living and I’m very lucky to work with an amazing team. To be nominated was a fabulous surprise, so to win is the icing on the cake.

“I’m so grateful to have been recognised in this way, it makes you feel valued as part of the team.”

There was also a Chief Executive’s Award that went to the revenue and benefits team for processing some 67,000 Covid-related grants worth almost £32 million to residents and businesses between March 2020 and February this year often working under very tight deadlines while adhering to the latest qualifying criteria and guidance.

Louise Long, chief executive of Inverclyde Council, added: “It would be fair to say that the team were running at speed as guidance was often coming in very late in the day with very little notice. They also had to cope with multiple changes to the qualifying criteria throughout.

“The team have also successfully delivered Cost of Living grant funds for the council and the Scottish Government. All of this was delivered over an extended period to complete this additional work while managing to maintain high performance across core duties.

“They are the definition of ‘over and above’ and, like so many services of the council, they stepped up to support the community.

“Being the chief executive of this council is a privilege because of the dedication and hard work of the staff across the organisation who work tirelessly every day to make a difference to people that we serve. We have so much to be proud of here in Inverclyde.”

There was also the Provost’s Award, which was presented to the cleansing team for their efforts keeping Inverclyde’s towns and villages clean and tidy, particularly Princes Street in the centre of Port Glasgow.

Provost Drew McKenzie commented: “I see first-hand the excellent work our dedicated and professional cleansing team does on a daily basis to ensure our town and village centres in particular are looking their best for the people of this area and visitors.

“Princes Street in Port Glasgow, as well as places like the Esplanade and Lunderston Bay, are just some of the many locations they maintain day in, day out and often in challenging conditions for the benefit of each and every one of us.

“It was, of course, such a tough decision selecting just one service for the Provost’s Award because each of them, in their own unique way, makes a significant contribution to Inverclyde every single day so I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our winners, nominees and hard-working staff right across the council for the work they have done and will continue to do for this area.”

A special Covid Recognition Award was accepted by the chief executive on behalf of all council staff for continuing to deliver first-class services throughout the pandemic and was presented by Councillor Elizabeth Robertson, who chairs the Inverclyde Alliance community planning partnership board.

Chief executive, Ms Long, continued: “I know how difficult it was for the judging panel to narrow down a Covid Recognition Award to any teams or individuals as everyone made a contribution during the pandemic.

“That’s why it is entirely fitting to recognise every contribution made by every member of staff and the impact it has had on us.

“Though I accepted the award, it is very clearly on behalf of the entire workforce and it will be shared with every team to mark the incredible work they have done right across Inverclyde.”

The full list of winners can be found here.

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