Chairman's Awards - Leading Edge Category

Being Leading Edge Category:

The Leading Edge Category encourages and supports our staff to be innovative and creative in pursuing our purpose. It creates an environment where research and enquiry can flourish. Translate research and innovative ideas into practical improvements for the people who use our services.

Joint Winners

NI Non-heart Beating Cadaveric Renal Transplant Programme and The Impact of Collaborative Working on Organ Donation within the Regional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Deceased organ donation in the UK has increased by 50% in the last 5 years, mainly through the use of non-heart beating kidney donors. Successful short and long term outcome of these transplants relies on short cold ischaemic times. This programme has aimed to accept as many kidney offers as possible and achieve the shortest cold ischaemic times in the UK.

The Impact of Collaborative Working on Organ Donation within the Regional Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

The objective of this initiative was to ensure a person-centred approach where the choices, benefits and rights of families, who wish to donate their children’s organs to help others after their death will be respected and upheld.

Runners Up in the Leading Edge Category

2nd Place - Recovery begins with HOPE!

Promoting hope is one of the most impactful ways to support an individual’s recovery journey. A new initiative in Ward J aids the development of a “hopeful” environment which enables staff to help patients focus on their individual strengths. The “HOPE” board is in the corridor for patients to write messages, hopeful stories, thoughts and ideas to share with others.

3rd Place -Low Dose Rate (LDR) Prostate Brachytherapy – Evolving Service ​​

Low Dose Rate Prostate brachytherapy - how a new service established in 2009 has refined and streamlined processes to improve patient pathway, increase capacity and reduce waiting times, through staff development and experience.


Specialist Award - Daisy​​

Story of” Daisy” – the RBHSC Patient Safety and Quality Improvement mascot - how she inspired the beginning of a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for children in RBHSC and throughout Northern Ireland.special award.

In January 2014 staff in PICU decided to embark upon an improvement project – to implement a daily multidisciplinary team Safety Brief. During this project one of the key interventions that led to the successful implementation of this safety brief was using a fun safety mascot, “Daisy’ a pink cow. Daisy has shown that by making safety and quality improvement fun, by visibly celebrating success, and by creating a brand, it is possible to achieve success, spread and sustainability.