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A Fife nurse has received national recognition for her work in improving the care of older people in the Kingdom.

Christine Malkison, a support nurse with the Over 65 Community Psychiatric Nursing Service based at Whyteman's Brae Hospital in Kirkcaldy, beat off stiff competition to win the Support Worker Award at the Scottish Health Awards, held in Edinburgh last night (03/11).

Christine received the prestigious award for the positive impact she has on her elderly patients; her natural ability to establish a rapport with those that she comes into contact with; along with her warm, cheerful manner and the reassurance she offers to her colleagues, patients and their families.

NHS Fife Chief Executive, Paul Hawkins, said of the award:

“I am delighted to see Christine’s considerable contribution to patient care in Fife recognised in this manner.

“Christine is a very deserving recipient of this award having shown a real drive to develop and enhance the care offered to older people in Fife.

“Our staff regularly go above and beyond to provide the best possible care and Christine is an excellent example of this.”

Every year, the Scottish Health Awards recognise and reward the dedicated NHS staff, support workers, volunteers and specialist teams who go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care. 

There are 16 award categories in total, including the Nurse Award, the Volunteers Award, and the Doctor Award, with the awards ceremony having taken place last night at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

Christine Malkison was one of three Fife nominees in the running for this year’s awards, all of whom fought off stiff competition from across the country to secure their place at this year’s glittering award ceremony. NHS Fife’s Be Active Eat Healthy Stay Together (BEST) Team, which is based at Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline, narrowly missed out on the Healthier Lifestyle Award for their work alongside Fife Sport and Leisure Trust’s Health and Physical Activity Teamin preventing and tackling childhood obesity.

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Photo Caption (Lto R):

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison MSP; Over 65 Community Psychiatric Support Nurse, Christine Malkison; and UNISON Head of Health, Christina McAnea.