Saturday, 29 August 2009
NHS Ayrshire & Arran appoint Mark Adderley as new HR director
NHS Ayrshire & Arran has appointed Mark Adderley (pictured below) as the new director for people and organisational development.
Cambridge-educated, Mark has worked in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Mark is a former chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland, where he modernised and improved services.
As human resources and business services director for Scottish Water, Mark was part of the executive team tasked with merging the three water authorities into one. Mark looked after human resources, organisational development, health and safety and the transformation and integration programme.
Mark is married and has four daughters. He enjoys outdoor activities and travel.
Mark commented: “I am delighted to join NHS Ayrshire & Arran and look forward to working with my new colleagues. I realise that my new role will be both demanding and fulfilling, and I am enthusiastic about the challenges that may lie ahead.”
NHS Ayrshire & Arran chief executive Dr Wai-yin Hatton said: “Mark is an outstanding candidate and brings with him a wealth of experience in many different industries. I look forward to working with Mark for years to come.”
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Friday, 28 August 2009
Nicola Sturgeon opens Brooksby
Medical and Resource Centre in Largs
THE new Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre in Largs played host to Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and Deputy First Minister, for the formal opening of the ground-breaking centre in Ayrshire.
[Nicola Sturgeon MSP is shown round some of the clinical areas in Brooksby.]
The centre is an innovative partnership between North Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, bringing together a full range of health and council services for the people of Largs and the surrounding area.
Before performing the official opening in Brooksby House’s stunning ceremonies room, Ms Sturgeon toured the centre and met staff in the reception area, therapies suite (offering podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy) and registration services.
[The Cabinet Secretary speaks with North Ayrshire Council staff.]
She also met pupils from Largs Academy, whose artwork decorates the centre’s main reception area.
Council and health services work alongside each other in the centre, providing everything from GP medical care to housing services.
[Unveiling of the plaque by The Cabinet Secretary with NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council staff.]
Ayrshire and Arran NHS chairman Professor Bill Stevely CBE commented: “Brooksby is a true example of partnership working, not only bringing together health and council services in one centre, but also breathing new life into one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in Largs.”
North Ayrshire Council leader David O’Neill said: “This is a wonderful facility for the people of Largs, and is a model of joined up working we would hope to see extended elsewhere.”
[NHS Ayrshire & Arran staff and local GPs with the Cabinet Secretary.]
Nicola Sturgeon added: “With the opening of Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre, the people of Largs have a one-stop-shop they can truly be proud of, and which I am sure will serve them well for years to come.
“At Brooksby, people can access a wide range of health services – from podiatry and physiotherapy to community midwifery and health visitors. In addition, thanks to the partnership between NHS Ayrshire & Arran and North Ayrshire Council, people can also access a wide range of council services.
“This is a great example of the benefits of joint working - making it easier for people to get the services they need.”
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Monday, 24 August 2009
Kent Police invest in Visimetrics Custody CCTV solution
Kent Police have transformed their ageing, isolated Custody CCTV systems into a force-wide network based Custody CCTV solution utilising FASTAR and VADER Digital Evidence Recorders® from Ayr-based company Visimetrics (UK) Ltd.
Visimetrics Custody CCTV solution provides Kent Police with real-time video and audio recordings within key areas such as the charge bar’s, intox and fingerprint rooms while maintaining a video only profile in all surrounding custody suite areas.
The network based CCTV solution from Ayr-based Visimetrics provides a distributed recording platform of local storage servers within each Custody Suite. All authorised users now have force-wide access to any of the 230 cameras from any location on the network using Visimetrics “CONTROL” CCTV management software. Providing a single point of access to all cameras in all Custody Suites to departments such as Professional Standards and TSU has generated significant savings to the force in operational time and costs.
A substantial gain for the force from the implementation of Visimetrics Custody CCTV solution has been the ability to create “movie” DVD’s of real-time video with lip-synchronised audio directly from within the “CONTROL” application. This process has greatly reduced the onus on the imaging department to transfer data DVD’s into the generic format of playable DVD necessary for the distribution of evidence within the Criminal Justice System.
After taking the project from product evaluation through to final implementation Force CCTV Liaison Officer, Mick White, is satisfied the force made the right choice in adopting his recommendation to implement Visimetrics solution. “I’ve been delighted with Visimetrics recording solution. We now have a secure, standardised, force-wide CCTV system, accessed easily and seamlessly by all appropriate individuals. The quality of evidence we are now recording is exceptional as is the on-going commitment and support from Visimetrics”
Visimetrics specialise in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance digital video recording, storage and management systems for dedicated CCTV applications. Visimetrics solutions are deployed within critical CCTV applications such as casinos, prisons, ports, banks, education, transportation, city centre, government and military sites. Visimetrics work in partnership with consultants, integrators and technical partners to deliver CCTV solutions without compromise.
Visimetrics (UK) Ltd
Prestwick KA9 2TA
Contact: Barry Rooney
Tel: 01292 673770
Fax: 01292 677990
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