Trust Social Workers shine at Awards Ceremony

25/02/2011

Trust Chairman Pat McCartan and Chief Executive Colm Donaghy have extended their congratulations to the Oncology and Haematology Social Work Team based at the Cancer Centre in Belfast City Hospital who secured the Overall Award for excellence at the recent Regional Social Work Awards hosted by the Lord Mayor at Belfast City Hall.

Trust Chairman Pat McCartan and Chief Executive Colm Donaghy have extended their congratulations to the Oncology and Haematology Social Work Team based at the Cancer Centre in Belfast City Hospital who secured the Overall Award for excellence at the recent Regional Social Work Awards hosted by the Lord Mayor at Belfast City Hall.

The team which works with young adults who have cancer beat 16 other finalists to win the coveted prize with their hugely successful JimmyTeens TV project.

The novel project, which also secured the Innovations Award, supports young patients in the Royal Victoria Hospital to film their experiences of their illness and treatment. The team wanted to improve the hospital experience for their young patients who range in age from 16 to 21 years old by adding a creative dimension.

Over the past three years, 35 young people were offered the opportunity to make films about their cancer journey.

Congratulations were also extended to Mary Hogg who was presented with the Individual Award for her work with young cystic fibrosis patients at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Through her hospital work and outreach service, Mary works closely with her young patients and their families guiding them through from their initial diagnosis to discussing the implications of transplant.

The 16 regional finalists came from statutory and voluntary bodies, as well as the private, education and training sectors. Chairman Pat McCartan, who together with the Chief Executive attended the event, said, ‘It was particularly pleasing to see Belfast Trust Social Work teams do so well’.

Chief Executive Colm Donaghy said, ‘The important work that Social Work staff do across Northern Ireland deserves to be recognised and it was a pleasure to sit alongside the very worthy winners’.