Raise the Curtain

Fusing inspiration and celebration, the 21st Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards is edging closer – and we want to see you there.

Despite being at the frontlines of the cultivation and delivery of outstanding patient care, too often, healthcare professionals are hesitant to drive their own work to the frontlines of recognition.

This year we urge you to overcome any reluctance and enter you team’s work into the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards to attain the acclaim it deserves.

For its 21st year, the ceremony is once again springing into Belfast’s Europa Hotel on 27th February. Featuring dining, networking, and a stream of other reasons for celebration, you won’t want to miss out.

The entry process couldn’t be easier, or more worthwhile. Check out the diverse array of categories below.

21st Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards Application Forms

Asthma / COPD Project of the Year

Currently in Northern Ireland there are 117,613 people living with asthma (six per cent of the population) and 38,530 people living with COPD (two per cent of the population). (1)

In 2015, diseases of the respiratory system accounted for 14 per cent of all deaths, six deaths per day (2,236) – note this figure excludes lung cancer. In the same year, six per cent (934) of deaths registered in Northern Ireland were due to COPD. This accounts for 42 per cent of all respiratory deaths. (2)

This award has been sponsored by Teva UK Respiratory to promote the excellent work being developed and implemented in asthma and COPD in both primary and secondary care in Northern Ireland.

1. Prevalence data in the Quality and Outcomes Framework Disease Prevalence (2015/16 data) http://www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/Home.aspx

2. Data tables on deaths registered in NI in 2015

http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp101.htm

Who Can Enter?

Are you working to improve the care of your asthma and COPD patients within your clinic, practice or pharmacy, or with a partner organisation? Projects or working models are welcome where the applicants can give evidence of improved outcomes for their patients in helping them to live with, and improve their wellbeing and management of their disease.

Teva UK Respiratory is committed to being a long-term key partner to NHS organisations where they work together to improve healthcare outcomes for patients with asthma and COPD. Sharing best practice for the benefit of your patients and others in Northern Ireland is the focus of this award and one they are delighted to sponsor.

Applications are welcomed from primary and secondary care.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in mid-to-late January. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr Paul McKeagney

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Ruth Miller

Medicines Optimisation Project Lead, Department of Health (NI)

Grainne O’Reilly Smyth

Lead Practice Pharmacist, West Belfast

Jennifer Barklie

Nurse Practitioner, The Mount Practice, Belfast

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Teva UK Respiratory

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

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Diabetes Project of the Year

With a focus on making a difference to patients with diabetes, Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited is proud to sponsor this award.

Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. Taking into account the number of people likely to be living with undiagnosed diabetes, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK is over four million.

Diabetes prevalence in the UK is estimated to rise to five million by 2025. (1)

Applications are invited from primary and secondary care professionals, and their teams, who have implemented or developed a programme, strategy or project which has had a positive impact on their patients’ wellbeing and management / self-management of their condition.

References: 1 – diabetes.co.uk: www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-prevalence.html

Who Can Enter? 

We would like submissions from primary and secondary care professionals who are helping to improve the quality of life for those patients who are living with diabetes. This award aims to highlight the outstanding, innovative projects healthcare professionals or teams have developed which have led to significant improvement in the care or clinical outcomes of patients with this disease.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr Glynis Magee

Consultant Community Diabetologist, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Ursula Brennan

GP, Mount Oriel Medical Practice

Dr Neil Black

Assistant Director of Acute Services (Medical), Western Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Ciara Mulligan

Consultant Endocrinologist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Sponsor Quote

Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited is a UK healthcare company with a strong track-record in bringing high-quality, innovative medicines to UK health professionals and their patients. We are dedicated to bringing value-added, innovative medicines to the NHS that improve the management of long-term conditions, such as diabetes. We aim to be an effective partner to the NHS in the value-driven management of diabetes by delivering high-quality medicines which make a positive difference to patients’ lives.

Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year

The Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year Award has been developed to recognise hospital pharmacy teams from all backgrounds who are at the forefront of their profession, whether developing best practice models or implementing improvements in patient care. This is your opportunity to nominate peers and colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to the pharmacy profession or to submit your own team’s work for consideration.

Who Can Enter?

Applications are invited from hospital pharmacy teams who can submit work / projects which demonstrate one or more of the following:

• Where savings have been achieved, leading to increased cost-effectiveness by providing best value

• Development of the accessibility of the service provided

• Establishment of high levels of safety in order to minimise risk

• A health improvement among selected patients

• Achievement of outcomes / initiatives leading to a positive impact for the public

The points above are suggestions only. Any pharmacy teams working in the hospital environment who demonstrate a unique commitment to clinical innovation and / or technical development are eligible for nomination / self-nomination for this award.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Professor Michael Scott

Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

Eimear McCusker

Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Tracey Boyce

Director of Pharmacy, Southern Health & Social Care Trust

How to Nominate

If you wish to nominate a hospital pharmacy team, or require an application form, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Nomination

Once nominated, the candidates will be emailed an application form to complete. Early nomination affords the team a greater time to complete this form. The closing date for nomination is Monday 25th November.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Ethypharm UK

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, compliments of Ethypharm UK, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Improvements in Cardiac Services for Chest Pain Management

With a focus on making a difference to the quality of life of patients living with stable angina, A. Menarini is proud to sponsor this award. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in Northern Ireland today. Heart disease not only shortens one’s life but can have a major impact on the quality of it. Chest pain (angina), a heart attack and heart failure are the most common presentations of heart disease. While CHD can’t be cured it can be managed effectively with a combination of lifestyle changes, patient engagement, and medicine and, in some cases surgery. Cardiac services can improve the care, quality of life and outcomes of patients living with CHD.

Who can Enter?

Applications are invited from secondary care and community care professionals who are helping to improve the quality of life and outcomes of patients living with CHD. This award aims to highlight the outstanding innovative projects healthcare professionals or teams have developed which have led to significant improvement in care or clinical outcomes of patients with this condition.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judges Panel

Dr Aaron Peace

Assistant Medical Director, R & D, and Chief Executive Officer of C-TRIC, Western Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Lana Dixon

Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Patrick Donnelly

Consultant Cardiologist, Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

How to Enter

If you require an application /nomination form or further information please contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by A. Menarini

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with a guest, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Sponsor Quote

Menarini is one of Europe’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies with headquarters in Florence and there are a number of research facilities in Pomezia. Menarini is present in 136 countries worldwide and employs over 17,000 people, a guarantee of internationally-recognised quality and proof of an efficient strategy based on research, innovation and internationalisation. Menarini has the ability to recognise and meet the needs of physicians and patients alike hence the collaboration with international partners enabling the creation of synergies that give rise to cutting-edge pharmaceutical products and services within the health sector. ‘Health without borders’, with this vision Menarini makes the difference.

PP-RA-UK-0194 | August 2019

Innovation in Rheumatology Service

Inflammatory arthritis conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, can have a significant life-long impact on the lives of those living with them. The rheumatology healthcare community has the potential to bring meaningful benefits to this patient population through the provision of excellent patient-centred services and the appropriate application of effective therapies.

This award aims to recognise and showcase the work of our rheumatology healthcare professional or team that can show evidence of best practice and care. They will need to demonstrate how new and innovative services have been initiated and implemented to improve the quality of life and outcomes for patients.

Who Can Enter? 

We would like submissions from primary and secondary care professionals who are helping to improve the quality of life for those patients who are living with a rheumatic condition. We wish to highlight the outstanding, innovative projects which healthcare professionals or teams have developed which have led to significant improvement in the care or clinical outcomes of patients affected by a movement disorder.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr Gary Meenagh

Consultant Rheumatologist, Antrim Area Hospital, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Gary Wright

Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Clare Matthews

Consultant Rheumatologist, Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by UCB Pharma

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Supported by UCB Pharma through an educational grant

UCB has no editorial control on the contents or influence on the outcome

Management of Psoriasis

The Management of Psoriasis Award has been developed with UCB Pharma to recognise dermatology teams who are at the forefront of the holistic management of the disease.

Applications are invited from secondary care professionals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to this dermatology field.

Who Can Enter? 

We would like submissions from secondary care professionals who are helping to improve the quality of care for patients who are living with psoriasis.

This award aims to highlight the outstanding, innovative projects healthcare professionals or teams have developed which has led to significant improvement in the care or clinical outcomes of patients with this condition.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January-to-early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr Conor McGrath

Consultant Dermatologist, Craigavon Area Hospital, Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr David Alderdice

Consultant Dermatologist, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Iona McCormack

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dermatology, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by UCB Pharma

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Supported by UCB Pharma through an educational grant

UCB has no editorial control on the contents or influence on the outcome

Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis are the most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).    

These chronic conditions are becoming more common. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis affect young people, with incidence peaking between 15 and 25 years of age, and microscopic colitis typically affects older females, with a peak incidence in middle age.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the leading national charity in the battle against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The charity estimates that at least 300,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed, with approximately 5,000 in Northern Ireland. Nationally someone is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis every 30 minutes. There is no known cause and as yet no known cure.    

These diseases are unpredictable, remitting and relapsing, life-long and potentially disastrous on quality of life. The impact of these conditions on education, work, social and family life can be devastating.

Who Can Enter? 

We invite submissions from primary and secondary care professionals who are helping to improve the quality of life for those patients who are living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

This award aims to highlight the outstanding, innovative projects healthcare professionals or teams have developed which have led to significant improvement in the care or clinical outcomes of patients with this disease.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr Graham Turner

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Andrew Murdock

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Patrick Allen

Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Gaurav Manikpure

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Northern Health & Social Care Trust

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Tillotts Pharma

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Managing Substance Misuse in the Community

Substance misuse is unfortunately a growing problem in Northern Ireland and quite often it is the pharmacist or GP who is at the forefront of this patient service.    

This category is aimed at all healthcare professionals who have developed initiatives / programmes to improve the management of their substance misuse service to the patient.

Who Can Enter? 

A healthcare or pharmacy team which can:

• Describe how they have supported the management of patients with substance misuse problems

• Identify the ways they have improved communication and enhanced patient care

• Give evidence of how they have engaged with their communities, GPs, pharmacists, charities and / or community groups, in the provision of services for substance misusers

• Describe future developments of the pharmaceutical care of these patients

The above points are suggestions only.

Judging Process

The finalists will be shortlisted based upon the written application and judging of these entries will take place in late January / early February. The finalists must be available to meet the judges on a date agreed with the judges in advance.

Judging Panel

Dr George O’Neill

GP, Springfield Road Surgery

Dr Terry Maguire

Community Pharmacist, Maguire’s Pharmacy

Anne Bill

Quality and Governance Officer, Inspire

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Ethypharm UK

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Pharmacy Student Leadership

Strong leaders are driven by their vision of what their organisations could become. The role of a leader is to make people feel strong, informed, unified and capable. Leaders need to have a combination of relentless effort, steadfastness, competence and attention-to-detail.

Understanding the unique qualities of a team in order to deliver a great service is vital. Leaders must find their own voice and use their values to engage others in their common aspirations.

Words and deeds need to be consistent; behaviour evokes respect.

Do you respect the leadership qualities in one of your peers enough to nominate them for this accolade, or indeed do you feel you have the qualities within you to merit this award? A leader is not afraid to step forward!

NB* This award category is open to undergraduate pharmacy students only.

Judging Panel

The judging panel, made-up of respected members of the pharmacy academia and industry, will select three-to-four finalists based on the entries submitted. They may then liaise with the finalists before selecting the overall winner.

Judges

This year’s judging panel includes:

Cathy Harrison

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Professor Carmel Hughes

Head of School, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Paul McCarron

Head of School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ulster University

Alima Batchelor

Head of Policy, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations / self-nominations for undergraduate students are invited from students and lecturers. The closing date for nominations is Monday 2nd December 2019.

Nominees will then be emailed an application form to complete. Early nomination / self-nomination affords the candidate more time to complete the information form.

How to Enter

If you require an application / nomination form or further information, contact Bridget McCabe. Telephone 02890 999 441 or email bridget.mccabe@nimedical.info.

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association in Association with Queen’s University Belfast

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Sponsor Quote

If the profession of pharmacy is to thrive then it will need strong leadership. Some leaders are born to lead, others are trained. Irrespective of their origins, all leaders have to be nurtured if they are to rise to the top and make a difference. The quest to inspire and encourage leadership in pharmacy must start at undergraduate level. These days all pharmacy students are hugely absorbed in their extensive and often very challenging studies. Despite that, some manage to involve themselves in additional activities that demonstrate that not only do they have a passion for their profession, but that they are becoming leaders in their own right.

      As pharmacists we all have a responsibility to encourage these passionate individuals as these will likely be the leaders of our profession in the future. The PDA is delighted to continue its sponsorship of this important award for another year.

      Mark Koziol M.R.Pharm.S.

Chairman, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year

The Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year Award is targeted at community pharmacies who have demonstrated high standards of healthcare delivery.    

The pharmacy may display excellence in a particular professional aspect which ensures outstanding service to the consumer.

Who Can Enter?

Any pharmacy which has developed its practice or undertaken a project / initiative in the last 12 months which has raised consumer pharmacy standards is eligible to enter.

A pharmacy which has:

• Increased the size of its dispensary, making it more open and organised with special fittings, such as innovative dispensary features

• Introduced out-of-hours access

• Offered specialist services, for example, diabetes screening or cholesterol testing and / or introduced a private treatment room specifically for diagnostic services

• Supported self-care initiatives

• Liaised with GPs, nurses, hospitals and nursing homes to provide additional services and support to patients / customers

(The above points are suggestions only)

Judging Panel

The judging panel, made-up of respected members of the pharmacy industry, will select finalists, based on the written entries submitted. They may then liaise with the finalists before selecting a winner if a decision has not been reached.

Judges

Colin Adair

Post Graduate Pharmacy Dean, Norther Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development

Jonathan Lloyd

Superintendent Pharmacist, The Health Centre Pharmacy, Carrickfergus

Loretto McManus

Superintendent Pharmacist, Director, Lakeland Pharmacy, Enniskillen

Deadline for Entry

The closing deadline for completed applications is 12pm on Friday 13th December 2019 and entries must be accompanied by a digital photograph, at least 500KB.

Sponsored by Kent Pharma

The Awards Presentation

The finalists will be announced in Northern Ireland Healthcare Review and invited, with guests, to attend the black-tie awards ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Thursday 27th February 2020. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and will receive a unique crystal trophy to mark the occasion.

Sponsor Quote

This award is designed to shine a light on an individual community pharmacy team which goes above and beyond the general guidelines to establish a great affinity with the community it serves. In sponsoring this category Kent Pharma’s aim is to find a community pharmacy practice that has consistently provided a high standard of healthcare delivery for their patients throughout the last year.

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