The Young Scotland Programme exists to develop the communication skills and broaden the horizons of people in the early stages of their working lives. The programme does so by an annual series of residential courses in which delegates are encouraged to think and talk freely about the big issues facing us as a society. Through discussion and dialogue, as well as the delegates' own presentations on questions of 'current interest or controversy', the programme helps to build confidence, stimulate debate, and increase awareness of the world around us. Louise attended on behalf of NHS Fife, and on the final evening of the programme was named Scotland Young Thinker of the Year for her feisty paper on feminism, delivered with great presence at the lectern. She said:
“I am delighted to have been named Scotland’s Young Thinker of the Year. The training offered by the programme has been fantastic. It was a really good week, and a good experience to be part of. I would encourage others to take this opportunity if available to them in future years.”
Ben Hannan, Deputy Director of Pharmacy and Medicines, said:
“I am so proud of Louise’s achievement in the Young Scotland Programme. This is a fantastic achievement for Louise and testament to her hard work, passion and tenacity. We are lucky to have pharmacists of her talent in the team in Fife.”
NHS Fife’s talent was further showcased at the Young Scotland Programme 2021 with Ashley Skachill, Officer 365 Facilitator, winning with her team in the group challenge.
Congratulations Louise and Ashley!