Belfast Trust quadruple winner at Healthcare Awards


Services at Belfast Trust received 4 awards at the prestigious Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards held recently at the Europa Hotel. This event brings together healthcare professionals to celebrate a range of initiatives and projects that show excellence in Northern Ireland healthcare. The Trust’s winners:

Dr Jim Morrow

Dr Jim Morrow, recently retired Consultant Neurologist, from the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, BHSCT received the Special Recognition Award, sponsored by ABPI Northern Ireland, for his outstanding contribution to the treatment of people with epilepsy, both in Northern Ireland and globally. Indeed, this award was added to a stream of honours which Dr Morrow has picked up throughout the course of his distinguished career. The award was presented by the Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride and his speech prompted cheers from the audience who took to their feet in recognition of Dr Morrow’s well-deserved accolade.

Dr Morrow is extremely deserving of this award, said Colette Goldrick, Chair of ABPI Northern Ireland, which sponsored this award. ‘Throughout his career he has focused – and continues to focus even in retirement – on improving the health of the people with epilepsy at a regional, national and international level by increasing knowledge and by influencing clinical and public health practice and policy. His commitment to what he does is outstanding and he is a deserving winner.’

Picture: CMO, Dr Michael McBride with Dr Jim Morrow and Colette Goldrick, ABPI(NI) and Adrian Maginnis, Medcom  

Trust Pharmacists - BCH Direct

Chris Black and Stephen Curran, BCH Direct Clinical Pharmacists won an award for Hospital Pharmacists of the Year. Chris and Stephen were jointly nominated by their line manager for their work on BCH Direct, the assessment and treatment unit for elderly patients.

The Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award was developed with BOC Healthcare to recognise Hospital Pharmacists from all backgrounds who are at the forefront of their profession, whether developing best practice models or implementing improvements in patient care, who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to the pharmacy profession.

About BCH Direct

BCH Direct currently provide 7 day clinical pharmacy service to BCH Direct and the other care of the elderly wards, this level of clinical cover is relatively new and allows better continuity of care for the patient.

While working at weekends the pharmacists have seen issues arise enabling us to start new initiatives to improve patient safety.

Chris is currently contributing to guidelines for treat Nil by mouth Parkinson’s patients for use in the Trust which could possibly become a regional issue.


Pictured: Mark Warner BOC Healthcare, Chris Black Pharmacists, Stephen Curran Pharmacist and Dr Tracey Boyce, SHSCT


Asthma Project of the Year

Joint winner Kathy Hetherington – Regional Respiratory Clinic, Belfast City Hospital and Queens University Belfast. For their project – Kathy and the team – Professor Liam Heaney, Dr Claire Butler and Sister Jacqui Gamble – focused on the Inhaled Compliance Aid (INCA), a technology which provides information to clinicians in order to optimise patient steroid inhalation.

About Inhaled Compliance Aid (INCA)

The INCA is securely fixed to the outer casing of the inhaler and time and date stamps inhaler use. It does not interfere in any way with the mechanism of drug delivery of the inhaler. The recordings are then uploaded to a server which carries out an automated analysis and then highlights erratic timing issues, and shows phases/classification/dose interval and provides printout graphs for clinician and patient. This technology prevents patients from unnecessarily progressing to biologic therapies and increased oral steroids by optimising their steroids through increased inhaled steroid awareness, good technique and accurate timing.


Asthma Project of the Year Award, Coirle Butler, Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited with winner Kathryn Hetherington BHSCT & QUB, also Anne Marie Marley and Dr Claire Butler


Innovations in Quality & Efficiency through Technology in Northern Ireland Health Care, sponsored by Microsoft Ireland. Winner: Dr Tom Lynch & Experior E-Learning Platform Team – (incorporating all Health Board Trusts)

In addition to his role as lead radiologist for PETCT, Dr Lynch has recently been the acting lead for undergraduate radiology training in QUB.

While working with the QUB undergraduates, he became increasingly aware that they were not as prepared for the demands of their foundation year as they could be. This led to him forming an alliance with a Belfast-based IT company called Experior Medical and, together, they built an intelligent e-learning system.

This is a ground breaking approach to supporting clinical learning, tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of the individual. Care professionals get individual feedback and tailored learning programmes to hone their interpretive skills; the evidence shows it produces better decisions, and therefore safer, more effective care. The learning model is adaptable to different clinical skills, and is then simple and cost effective to use. Professionals enjoy using it, simplifying the task of spreading this effective innovation to all who can benefit.


Pictured above: Sean Donaghy with Dr Aoife Currie, Shona Hamilton and Karl O'Leary, Microsoft Ireland and Doctor Tom Lynch