Belfast Trust nurse wins Nurse of the Year Award


Belfast Trust nurse, Pauline Haslett has become RCN Nurse of the Year 2011. Pauline , who works as a live donor transplant co-ordinator in Belfast City Hospital, fought off competition from six other finalists to receive the award for transforming the live donor service in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Trust staff excelled at this year’s RCN Nurse of The Year Awards, walking away with a total of six winning awards.

The six awards received by Trust staff were:

  • Pauline Haslett - RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Award
  • Loreena Hill - Winner – Patient’s Choice Award
  • Amanda McWilliams Winner - Health Care Support Worker Award
  • Gavin O’Hare - Winner -Bamford Vision Award
  • Susan Semple - Winner - Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Thomasina Duff - Winner - Student Award

The Nurse of the Year awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight excellence in nursing in Northern Ireland, and celebrate the contribution that nursing makes to the health and wellbeing of the people we care for. .

Nurse of the Year - Pauline Haslett

Pauline was presented with the award last week by the Minister for Health Edwin Poots who said "She is an inspirational leader, who has improved the quality of life for numerous renal transplant patients in Northern Ireland. This is an excellent example of how we can improve services, and, through this initiative, we have seen the number of live kidney donor transplants increase from just over 10 in 2009 to over 40 last year. The impact on the individual’s patient’s life is significant, both in terms of quality and quantity of life.”

Not only was Pauline nominated in the Nurse of the Year category, but she also received five nominations in the Patient’s Choice Award.

Patient Choice Award

Loreena Hill, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist Royal Group of Hospitals

Loreena was nominated by the daughter of a cardiology patient with complex health issues. Loreena was described as “unfailingly kind and professional and an example of how health care professionals can make such a difference in people’s lives.”

Health Care Support Worker Award

Amanda McWilliams, Nursing Auxiliary, Belfast City Hospital,

Bamford Vision Award

Gavin O’Hare, Lead Nurse, Belfast Home Treatment House.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Susan Semple, Health Care Co-ordinator for homeless people, Belfast HSC Trust

This award celebrates outstanding achievement in nursing and was presented to Susan Semple who is a health care co-ordinator for homeless people in the Trust. She received her award for being at the forefront of improving health care for this vulnerable section of society.


Student Award

Thomasina Duff, is working in Donegore, Muckamore Abbey Hospital