Multiple Winners at The Northern Ireland Advancing Healthcare Awards 2016


Congratulations to all our staff involved in this year’s Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards. Highlighting the wealth of innovation and best practice amongst our AHPs, Belfast Trust came home with not one, but two catergory wins. In total we had 6 shortlisted projects in this year’s awards, chose from over 80 entries from AHPs across all the professions and from all over Northern Ireland were received. The awards were as follows:

Empowering Healthy Living Category - Winner of The Public Health Agency award for contributions to public health - part of the Advancing Healthcare awards programme in Northern Ireland:

Felicity Dickson, co-ordinator of multidisciplinary services and Anita Harron, clinical lead speech and language therapist at the Trust have developed an accredited training course to skill classroom assistants so they can provide early support for children who are struggling at school.

The judges liked the way this project showed great partnership working across professions and sectors with huge potential to extend it to other schools. Felicity and her colleagues showed how helping children in their early years at school with their speech and language skills is worthwhile and cost effective.

Developing collaboration Category - Winner of The Health and Social Care Board award for inspiring the next generation of AHPs

Angela Crocker and Suzanne Smith, speech and language therapy team won the Health and Social Care Board award for inspiring the next generation of AHPs, part of the Advancing Healthcare awards programme in Northern Ireland. Angela and Suzanne developed an interactive e-learning programme to raise awareness of the risks associated with swallowing difficulties which has given many more staff the necessary skills and knowledge.

The judges were impressed by the way this e-learning package – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – has been able to equip staff in this crucial area of helping patients with swallowing difficulties. They believe that there is real potential to roll out this training universally to a wide range of staff, carers and families.

Special Recognition - Belfast occupational therapist is one of Northern Ireland’s Rising Stars

Natalie Irwin, a reablement occupational therapist at the Trust, has been recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s Rising Stars in healthcare in the Advancing Healthcare NI awards. She was nominated by Joanne Black, reablement clinical lead.

Natalie is an outstanding occupational therapist who would never accept an easy option and always rises to challenges put to her. She is inquisitive and investigative in problem solving for both her clients and service development. She uses all her strengths and skills to accomplish difficult tasks and responsibilities. Natalie is proactive in the development of the relatively new reablement service and has been involved in many initiatives to make the service more efficient and effective. She is an advocate for her patients; often going the extra mile to ensure a person is safe and happy.


The Leckey Award for AHPs in Children’s Services
Julia Maskery and Catherine Glover - Reaching Out: A clinically led OT initiative to upper limb management in children with CP​
Alison Mounstephen and Kathryn McCrey - Trust Get Sporty.
The Health and Social Care Board award for inspiring the next generation of AHPs

Stacey Hetherington and Gill Hodges - A professional development strategy for the Therapeutic Radiography workforce