A LOCAL woman has taken top prize at the NHS awards for her commitment over the past 15 years.

Kay Cardiff from Skelmorlie scooped the shining star prize at the NHS spotlight awards, for her outstanding efforts in managing the delivery of NHS 24's services for the whole of Scotland.

As the clinical manager Kay has a played pivotal role in the creation of the seasonal initiative which was launched in response to the swine flu outbreak.

Assisting in helping to deal with seasonal outbreaks and higher risk patients, including children under 18 months old, Kay’s can-do attitude has helped to motivate her staff.

Respected for both her professional and personal qualities, her colleagues described her as 'always approachable and someone who goes quietly about her job, but whose contribution has been exceptional and outstanding.'

Kay’s line manager said: "The professional and personal qualities Kay possesses continue to contribute to the ongoing development of this very successful approach to ensuring safe, effective and person-centred care to some of NHS 24's most high-risk patients.

"No matter what pressures Kay has faced or what she has been asked to do, she does so with a 'can do' attitude.

"I am delighted that she has been awarded for the contribution she makes to NHS 24."

To mark the 70th Anniversary of the NHS, a special Platinum Award was presented to staff members who have shown an outstanding contribution to healthcare.

NHS 24’s Chief Executive, Angiolina Foster, presented Kay with her award at Hampden Park.

Angiolina said: "It was fantastic to see so many colleagues who had travelled from across the country to take part in what was a great night of celebration.

"The fact that we had more than 200 nominations from staff for their peers shows just how much people recognise and value one another.

“It was very heartening to see how all of those who attended the event were so positive.

“I am inspired and motivated by all of our staff within NHS 24 who work together to provide safe, effective and person-centred care to the people of Scotland."