The end of an era as the Services Manager, Gillian Robb retires from Orchard View. She arrived to temporarily help for 2 weeks and remained in service for 15 years. Time enough to be involved the many plans to move to a new facility over 10 years; fittingly she remained until the 42 Patients moved out of the Dunrod Unit at Ravenscraig Hospital, into Orchard View; and to retire a few days after the double Award win at the Scottish Health & Social Care Facilities Conference 2017.
A Tea Party was held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 to say farewell and thanks to Gillian. Many friends and colleagues were present, including here immediate predecessor, John Mitchell who retired before Orchard View went on site.
We heard from her colleagues and the Head of Service (Mental Health Addictions and Homelessness) Deborah Gillespie, how Gillian had introduced many firsts to the Local Mental Health Service, to better improve the patient experience; and how problems were turned on their head, not to condemn but ask, how can we help a member of staff do their job better? A positive lesson for us all!
Gillian’s selfless approach along with her same-minded Team and colleagues, clearly contributed to the success of the Orchard View Project, in the provision of a ‘home’ and not an ‘institution’; for those with a mental health condition, including dementia. A far cry from Gillian’s entry into the NHS in 1980.
Many thanks to Gillian for her many years of service to Patients and the community. Best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement!