Belfast Trust shines at Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards


Belfast Trust enjoyed a winning night at this year’s Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards scooping an outstanding seven of the sixteen awards on offer. The Awards are run in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Healthcare Review.

Belfast Trust enjoyed a winning night at this year’s Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards scooping an outstanding seven of the sixteen awards on offer. The Awards are run in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Healthcare Review.

Held recently at the Europa Hotel the Annual Awards provide the opportunity for those involved in healthcare in Northern Ireland to celebrate the achievements of both medicine and pharmacy.
Read on for details of our winners.

Awards Winners

Consultant of the Year

Winner – Dr Jim Morrow, Consultant Neurologist Out Patient Department Royal Victoria Hospital

Dr Jim Morrow was nominated as a result of his dedication to epilepsy services within Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. He set up the UK Epilepsy & Pregnancy Register, which is internationally renowned and has also established a joint epilepsy obstetric clinic at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service to help improve the care of pregnant women with epilepsy and to ensure professionals looking after them are better informed and aware of current best practice.

Dermatology Project of the Year

Winner – Dr Susannah Hoey, Consultant Dermatologist Clinical Co-ordinator & Team: Regional Multidisciplinary Vascular Anomalies Service based in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

This is a multidisciplinary group of specialists, who have the combined aim of improving the care of adult and paediatric patients with complex vascular birthmarks, including infantile haemangioma and vascular malformations. The purpose of the service which has been running for six years is to improve the patient journey and run a clinic where the patient could be assessed by all the relevant team members at the one clinic visit.

Epilepsy Project of the Year

Winner - Specialist Joint Epilepsy/Psychiatric Clinic for People with Learning Disability
Dr Janet MacPherson, Muckamore Abbey Hospital & epilepsy/psychiatric clinic, Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn

Many patients with learning disability have epilepsy and many were having to attend both epilepsy and psychiatry clinics separately. This clinic brings neurologist, psychiatrist and specialist nurses together, making a much more holistic and seamless service. The goal of the service – the only one of its kind in NI – is to provide a seamless and holistic neurology and psychiatry service for people with learning disability.

Innovations in Smoking Cessation

Joint winners - Bernie Neeson, Ulster Cancer Foundation, Belfast Trust

The Centralised Smoking Cessation service was developed to address smoking cessation needs in areas where there was little existing provision within the PHA (Eastern Area). Clinics are run weekly at convenient times including out-of-hours provision arranged to meet local need.

Lifetime Achievement

Dr John Jenkins, Consultant Gynaecologist (Retired). Current Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Jenkins qualified from Queen's University Belfast in 1974. He has been a Senior lecturer at Queens University Belfast since 1999 and is also an Honorary Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast. He has contributed to many improvements in paediatric and neonatal care.

Pain Management Project of the Year

Winner – Lynsey Hewitt, Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast

The objective of this project is to reduce in-patient waiting time for lidocaine infusions, specialise care for each individual patient, ensuring patients receive a six-week post-procedure telephone review, carried out by specialist pain nurses. The establishment and development of ward-based infusions enables patients to be admitted within the timeframe set by government targets. Patients have expressed positive feedback.

Respiratory COPD Project of the Year

Joint winner – Anne Marie Marley on behalf Belfast Trust Respiratory Team

The Respiratory team at Belfast City Hospital make every effort to ensure patients are only admitted when necessary and discharged appropriately. Our Trust relies on close working relationships with the respiratory teams from other Trust areas and continues to improve the communication and continuity for patients.

About the Awards

“Now in their twelfth year, the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards continue to go from strength to strength and,” said Adrian Maginnis, Managing Director of Medical Communications Ltd. “Each year we attract an increasing number of candidates for each award, but it is even more pleasing to see that the standard of the applications also continues to rise which reflects the superb work taking place in Northern Ireland.”