TWO East Renfrewshire women who work for NHS 24 have been honoured at this year’s Spotlight Awards for the west of Scotland.

The annual event aims to highlight the hard work and dedication of those who strive to achieve excellence in their field.

Janice Houston, who is interim director of service delivery and estates, received the Platinum Award after working in several frontline roles since the beginning of NHS 24 two decades ago.

The Giffnock woman is due to retire next year and colleagues have said her departure will be a huge loss for the service.

Janice said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to receive the Platinum Award, as I work with such an amazing network of colleagues throughout every department in NHS 24.

“I am so grateful to all my colleagues for their support and friendship throughout my time with the organisation.”

Alison Skoglund, from Clarkston, was awarded the Shining Star (corporate) Award in recognition of her work to ensure all of NHS 24’s business processes are current and contemporary.

Colleagues of the business process analyst describe her as patient and methodical, with an exemplary work ethic.

Alison said: “I am always proud to say I work for NHS 24 and I have been really lucky to work with such amazing and supportive colleagues over the last 20 years through my various roles.

“I was both surprised and delighted to win the Shining Star Award and I’m really grateful to everyone who nominated or voted for me.”

The awards ceremony took place at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel.

Jim Miller, NHS 24 chief executive, said: “We had a record number of nominations for the event this year, with over 400 staff and teams put forward for an award in one of our six categories. This is a figure to be truly proud of.”