Recognition for specialist nurse

25/07/2014

Congratulations to Health Care Co-ordinator Susan Semple who has received a Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing.

Named for the architect of the NHS Aneurin Bevan, these national awards recognise individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in the United Kingdom in the last year.

Susan works with the homeless and the organisers of the awards said that she significantly improved the health of one of Northern Ireland’s most deprived and hard to reach communities. As well as managing to get 98% of the people who use the service to register with family doctors, she has established a series of nurse-led holistic clinics across Belfast which offer checkups, vaccines and develop healthcare plans for patients to help them when they are discharged from hospital.

'Lobbied tirelessly'

The award organisers said Ms Semple had helped to "break down barriers to access to health care and provide demonstrable health and social care benefits to the homeless population." She has lobbied tirelessly to secure service improvements and to increase awareness of their plight, promoting the needs of those who are often overlooked," they added.

The annual prize-giving ceremony recognises individuals and organisations who have demonstrated "an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in the UK over the past year, and in particular who demonstrate a commitment to the founding principles of the NHS and therefore a positive impact on equality of access to healthcare and equality of health outcomes".