When David McPherson left NHS Forth Valley colleagues commented on his detailed knowledge, his ability to spot things quicker than anyone else and of course his legendary wit.
Dave’s creative use of language, humour and observational skills were described as a “black belt in linguistic mechanics.” He used these to great effect throughout this time in Forth Valley often to deal with very challenging and difficult issues. His ability to take people with him and get things done were praised by those who worked with him closely over the last 17 years. Colleagues described Dave as the person you would want by your side in a crisis, a great team player and someone who could turn their hand to anything and everything. Whether it be dealing with the thorny issue of helipads, preparing for the move to Forth Valley Royal Hospital or managing services during the ‘Beast from the East’, Dave’s leadership abilities and people skills always came to the fore.
When asked what words they would use to describe Dave, colleagues came up with sharp, funny, quick witted, articulate, bright and could be opinionated! A life-long Rangers fan and lover of a good night out, Dave also enjoyed the social side of work and was noted for his sharp suits, nice manners and great listening skills. Paying tribute to his colleagues, Dave also thanked his wife Anne and son Scott who he said had put up with a lot to support his NHS career. He also said that, while he will miss his colleagues, he won’t miss the late night phone calls and teleconferences!