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Dr Ros Scott celebrates her Lifetime Achievement Award

28 October 2013
  • Dr Ros Scott pictured holding her award with Lord Howard of Lympne and George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme

Dr Ros Scott says she is “overwhelmed” after scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Help the Hospices Awards ceremony, supported by The National Gardens Scheme.

The awards recognise stand-out projects that demonstrate innovation in hospices, as well as honouring dedicated individual hospice volunteers and staff.

Speaking to ehospice after the event, she said: “If I'm being honest I still think it has not quite sunk in yet - almost as if it has happened to someone else!”

As the former Director of Organisational Development at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Ros Scott has been a leading voice on volunteering across the UK in both adult and children’s services.

Ros, who has just completed a Doctorate researching the link between volunteering and hospice sustainability, has been at CHAS since 1996 and only recently retired from her post in August.

She has implemented a programme of recruitment, training and motivation, which has taken CHAS from 80 volunteers in 1992 to over 800 in 2013.

The high standard of volunteer support and management led to CHAS being the first voluntary organisation in Scotland to achieve the Investing in Volunteers Award and subsequently being re-accredited three times since.

More recently CHAS received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, in recognition of the organisation's commitment to volunteering.

A team effort

And Ros was keen to ensure the whole team were recognised for their achievement: “It is a great honour to receive this award - it is really quite overwhelming. I’m delighted that it recognises not just my work but the achievements of everyone involved in volunteering within the hospice movement.

"Throughout my career I have been inspired and motivated by the amazing work of volunteers who give their time, skills, commitment and enthusiasm so freely and from whom I have learned much. I have also been privileged to work with colleagues who were open to being creative in trying new ideas and approaches - not to mention tolerant of my endless conversations about volunteering! 

"Volunteers are vital to the work of hospices in so many ways, not least in the difference that they make to the care and support of patients and the ongoing sustainability of the organisation. Volunteers have been hugely important throughout the history and development of hospices and will have a significant role to play in the development of hospice care in the future."

'Inspirational leadership'

Ros will continue her work as co-Chair of the European Association on Palliative Care Task Force on Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care in Europe.

Maria McGill, CHAS chief executive describes Ros as “inspirational”: “The contribution of Ros Scott has made a real and lasting impact at CHAS and in the wider voluntary sector. I’m delighted that she has been recognised for this prestigious award which is genuinely well deserved.

“During her time at CHAS Ros brought inspirational leadership to volunteering and it’s thanks to her passion that volunteering continues to grow from strength to strength.”

ehospice will be hearing from all of the award winners throughout the week. 

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