Belfast Trust Sweep the Board at IHM Awards 2013


Congratulations to all staff involved in the Northern Ireland Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) Annual Awards held recently in Belfast

Congratulations to all staff involved in the Northern Ireland Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) Annual Awards held recently in Belfast. The Trust made a clean sweep winning 6 out of the 7 available awards. These awards showcase the excellence of our staff in innovative leadership and management - leading their services to provide the best possible health and social care to our patients and clients. The awards were as follows:

IHM Manager of the Year 2013

Eliz Bannon, Co-Director Maternity and Women's Services

Eliz has an extensive portfolio of work including the Royal Jubilee Maternity Service, the new Midwifery-led Unit at the Mater, the Regional Fertility Centre, GUM Clinics and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.
IHM AHP Manager of the Year 2013
Brendan McConaghy, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Brendan’s project focused on a new Early Intervention Physiotherapy Service for Employees. During the trial period there was a reduction of days lost due to musculoskeletal absence by 15%. If the results from the trial can be replicated there will be savings of over £615,000 per annum.

IHM Quality Award - Surgical Assessment Unit

The new round-the-clock urgent assessment unit for surgical patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital were declared joint winners in the Quality Award category.
The new unit provides a dedicated, centralised area where acutely ill surgical patients can be assessed , monitored and an appropriate management plan put in place. It provides speedy access to assessment, diagnosis and treatment, avoiding unnecessary admissions.

Patient length of stay has reduced for non elective surgery inpatients by 25% , and out of hours operating has reduced 18%. There has also been a dramatic improvement to surgical patients leaving RVH ED in a more timely manner.
Joint winners in this category was the Prison Healthcare service from South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

IHM Medical Leader of the Year 2013

Dr Johnny Cash

Dr Johnny Cash was presented with his award by Dr Paddy Woods and Dr Andrew McCormick for his work in leading the Program Treatment Unit.

This award, sponsored by Pfizer, acknowledges the essential contribution of medical leadership to the delivery of high quality care to the population we serve.

IHM Research-Led Management Award 2013

Professor Ian Young and Colleagues

The award was presented for the development of family screening based on genetic testing for inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia).

The award was to:

Professor Ian Young (BHSCT)
Professor Paul Nichols (retired, BHSCT)
Dr. Colin Graham (Consultant Scientist, Genetics)
Professor Maurice O'Kane (WHSCT)
IHM NI, in partnership with the HSC Research & Development Division and supported by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) launched this new award this year, designed to raise the profile of how research and development undertaken by health care professionals can be translated successfully for the benefit of patients or the wider population.

IHM RCN Nurse Manager of the Year Award 2013

Esther Rafferty, Nurse Manager, Muckamore Abbey Hospital

This award showcases nursing staff who have shown strong leadership of a team and enhanced a service, improving care for patients.
Esther is currently leading on building an improved and motivated learning disability nursing workforce to meet the future needs of patients in the community and for those admitted to Muckamore Abbey Hospital.
She is co-ordinating the on-going resettlement of patients to the community in line with the ministerial priority that no-one should live in a hospital but instead have a place to call home in the community.
The multidisciplinary team explores the alternatives to hospital care with the patient and their families to find an appropriate community placement that meets the assessed needs of the patients being resettled.