Belfast Trust triple winner at Healthcare Awards


Services at Belfast Trust, took centre stage as they received awards at the prestigious Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards held recently.

Health Minister, Edwin Poots; Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride; Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Mark Timoney and several MLAs joined more than 300 healthcare professionals to celebrate a range of initiatives and projects that show excellence in Northern Ireland healthcare.

Epilepsy Project of the Year

Beth Irwin, Epilepsy Nurse/Midwife at the Royal Hospitals won the Epilepsy Project of the Year Award for the EpilepsyProjectoftheYear-DrKarenMcKnightBethIrwinwithAnaInfanteUCBinternet.jpgproject - Safer Care for women with Epilepsy.

As a specialist in epilepsy and pregnancy, Beth works across the Royal Victoria and Royal Jubilee Maternity hospitals to run pre-conceptual clinics and joint epilepsy obstetric clinics. Her role incorporates education, advice and support for adults with epilepsy, their family and the professionals who may also be involved in their care. Beth also works with colleagues across the UK to maintain the UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Register and helpline.

Delighted to receive her award, Beth said “I am privileged to work with supportive colleagues within a good multidisplinary team where epilepsy and best practice is a priority”.  Pictured:  Dr Karen McKnight Beth Irwin with Ana Infante UCB Pharmacy

Asthma Project of the Year

asthmaawardinternet.jpgColleagues at the Children’s Hospital - Professor Mike Shields, Dr Dara O’Donoghue and Barbara Maxwell (Paediatric Respiratory Nurse) were the winners of the Asthma Project of the Year Award for the ‘Difficult-to Treat’ (DTA) asthma clinic.

The multi-disciplinary clinic is co-led by the 3 nominees. It is a tertiary clinic where children are referred from around Northern Ireland. The clinic has developed over the past 3 years where children are assessed and treated according to their needs and symptoms. A home visit performa has been devised and implemented which has been essential in managing the care of the children who attend this clinic. (Pictured: Asthma Project of the Year, Joan O'Hagan, Barbara Maxwell (paediatric respiratory nurse), Dr Dara O'Donaghue with Coirle Butler from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited)

Innovative Development in Elderly Skincare Management

The Trust’s Tissue Viability Nurse Team received the award for Innovative Development in Elderly Skincare NIHealthcareAwardstissueviabilityinternet.jpgManagement for their work in reducing the number of severe pressure ulcers experienced by patients.

Pressure ulcers are complex wounds which can affect the skin as well as muscles, tendons and bones. They are painful lesions which threaten life and limb and they are expensive to treat. In Belfast Trust, Pressure Ulcer Prevention is a key driver for safe and effective care. We are working hard to STOP ALL (Success Through Ownership, Prevention, Audit, Learning and Leadership), ‘avoidable’ hospital acquired pressure ulcers

Staff in the Tissues Viability Nurse Team have been encouraged to come up with local solutions which meet the needs of the patients and staff within their own departments. These ideas have been shared locally and internationally, through working in partnership with the Tissue Viability Nurse Network, the PHA, other Trusts and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Pictured: Dan Cox, Almirall with Gillian Carnduff, Jeannie Donnelly,Joan Rogan and Dr Susannah Hoey