Exhibition captures NHS heroes who worked during the pandemic

Published: 11-Apr-2022

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde opens photographic show recognising the work of staff

A new photographic exhibition celebrating the diverse teams who work for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has opened at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Picturing our Workforce: One NHS Family has been inspired by a desire to acknowledge and see the diversity of health board’s workforce family and celebrate their contribution, two years on from the first national COVID lockdown.

Opening in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary link corridor, the exhibition can be seen by staff, patients, and visitors before it goes on tour to other sites across the region.

An online exhibition will also shortly be available to provide access to the wider public.

Clinical photographer, Lisa Miller, led the work capturing the portraits of NHS colleagues, with the support of the staff within Medical Illustration Services.

And she was recently nominated for the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still Award and was published in the recent Rankin’s Hold Still 2020 book which shows photographs of the national NHS family at work during the pandemic.

Miller said she was ‘over the moon’ with the results, adding: “I want those being portrayed to get a sense of pride and achievement when they look at their portrait and feel like they are a truly valued member of our NHS team.

“It’s been a brilliant project. I would never have been able to meet these people and hear their stories unless we had done this work and it’s great to see the results.”

Kate Ocker, a research nurse who looks after patients on clinical trials and is chairman of the Staff Disability Forum, is featured in the exhibition. She said: “Everybody in the NHS needs to know how important they are and the exhibition, with so many different people shown, I hope helps people to realise just how important they are.

“It also recognises all of the important things they have achieved over the last few years.

“The portraits are absolutely beautiful and done with so much care, helping to make staff feel as though they matter.”

And Jackie Sands, arts and health co-ordinator at the health board, adds: “The exhibition shows the people who make up the NHS, across all of the jobs involved, and the diversity of the people who work in what we call our One NHS Family.”

The exhibition will remain at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for the next four weeks, before moving on to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/Royal Hospital for Children on 4 May.

It will then rotate at four-week intervals across following the sites: Royal Alexandra Hospital, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Vale of Leven, Gartnavel Campus, New Victoria Hospital, and Stobhill Hospital.

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