FIGHT TO THE FINISH

With the 19th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards quickly – and excitingly – beckoning, what better way to kick off the celebrations than with the unveiling of this year's finalists?

Another 12 months have zipped by, and with them, the industry has been once again propelled forward by the exemplary members of our healthcare teams. Rather than merely acknowledging the complex problems across the region, they have addressed them with equal measures of innovation and optimism – and now it’s time for us to showcase their stories at the 19th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards.

Cast your eyes over our final contenders – and their paths to success so far.

Asthma COPD Proect Jennifer Barklie, The Mount MPUPDATE

JENNIFER BARKLIE

THE MOUNT PRACTICE, BELFAST

The project – which focuses on SABA overuse in asthma patients in order to gain better control – was spurred into action following the release of the January 2015 Northern Ireland medicines management newsletter supplement, ‘Why Asthma Still Kills, NRAD’. The report highlighted a number of points in relation to prescribing and medicines use for asthma patients following the National Review of Asthma Deaths.

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Asthma COPD Brenda O’Neill & Team

DR BRENDA O’NEILL & TEAM

THE LIVELY IN COPD PROJECT

Despite evidence indicating that higher levels of physical activity are associated with better COPD outcomes in terms of reduced
exacerbations, hospitalisations, and mortality, pulmonary rehabilitation is currently the only form of exercise training offered to people with COPD within the health service.

Asthma COPD Project Judy Bradley, NICRN-RespiratoryMain

JUDY BRADLEY & THE NICRN-RESPIRATORY HEALTH TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The NICRN-Respiratory Health group has expanded and developed a small core group to deliver research in asthma and COPD across Northern Ireland.

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KAREN BRIERS

CLIFTON STREET SURGERY, BELFAST

In February 2017 Karen decided to undertake a project within Clifton Street surgery to reduce the prescribing of steroid inhalers in COPD and ensure that all prescribing was in line with the newest GOLD treatment guidelines.

Asthma COPD Project, Professor Lorraine Martin & BREATH, Team

PROFESSOR LORRAINE MARTIN & THE BREATH TEAM

The Border and Regions Airways Training Hub (BREATH) is a cross-border €7.7 million project funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Dental Hygienist, Rachael Lilley, Moira Cosmetic Dental

RACHAEL LILLEY

MOIRA COSMETIC DENTAL, MOIRA

Rachael has proven to be a formidable force within the practice, boasting an innovative mindset. In particular, as a key part of the team, she has emphasised the necessity of childrens’ early visits to the hygienist – with it now being offered at every dental health check for education purposes and to allow children to think about their oral hygiene routine from an early age. In line with this, the practice also hosts regular childrens’ days.

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Dental Hygienist, Total Dental Hygiene,  Joanne Cregan

JOANNE CREGAN

TOTAL DENTAL HYGIENE, COLERAINE

Since graduating from the Belfast School of Dental Hygiene in 2001, Joanne’s successful career has spanned both busy private and NHS practices, with her joining the team at Waterside Dental in Coleraine.

Dental Hygienist, Tracy Doole, Sandown Dental

TRACY DOOLE

SANDOWN DENTAL & IMPLANT, BELFAST

Tracy’s pursuit of a career in dental hygiene has been a long-term passion, partially triggered by her love of working with people and making real relationships that will last over time and have an impact. .

Dental Hygienist, Trudi Fawcett,  BlueSky

TRUDI FAWCETT

BLUESKY DENTISTRY, BELFAST

Trudi has offered her expert hand to a comprehensive range of patient groups since qualifying as a dental hygienist in 2011, including special needs groups in community dental services, prisons, and general practice.

Pharmacy Student, Thomas Thompson

THOMAS THOMPSON

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

Testament to Thomas’ commitment to a career in pharmacy has been his experience within the different facets of the profession, from community and hospital, to academia, and government policy.

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Pharmacy Student  Anastasia Ripolin application

ANASTASIA RIPOlIN

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

Delving deeper into the world of innovation, Anastasia began working in the laboratory alongside scientists designing and formulating their own types of
microneedles according to their drug of interest or target disease.

Pharmacy Student Clodagh McGettigan

CLODAGH MCGETTIGAN

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

As a member of the panel for the Educational
Enhancement Programme (EEP) for the School of Pharmacy, Clodagh has been active in ensuring the further development and advancement of the undergraduate Pharmacy degree offered at Queen’s University Belfast.

Pharmacy Student, Emma Beck

EMMA BECK

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

Always eager to broaden her array of skills and discover new opportunities for experience, in September 2017, Emma joined St John’s Ambulance LINKS unit at Queen’s University Belfast. As a student volunteer, she has found it to be a productive way in which to spend her time; improving her learning remit in both a speculative and practical manner.

Pharmacy Student Connie Leong

CONNIE YIN YEN LEONG

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

As a pharmacy student, Connie has completed several impressive summer internships in both community and hospital settings.

Pharmacy Student Elisha Dunwoody

ELISHA DUNWOODY

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

In order to see a shift in the future of pharmacy, Elisha was elected as the School of Pharmacy’s school representative. Adding to Elisha’s merits, she is the Chair of the school’s Student Staff Consultative Committee whereby she’s able to raise issues that have been reported to her.

Diabetes Project - Dr Keith McCollum, Willowbank Surgery, Keady

DR KEITH MCCOLLUM

WILLOWBANK SURGERY, KEADY

QOF has been an important driver to improved outcomes for
patients with diabetes in general practice – however, QOF incentives have a maximum of 80 to 90 per cent achievement and it has been criticised for promoting a one-size-fits-all, tick-box approach.

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THE INTEGRATING DIABETES CARE TEAM

WESTERN HEALTH & Social Care Trust

The diabetes specialist team in the Western Health & Social Care Trust has undertaken significant levels of service redesign since 2013 – including implementing changes to clinic timetables across the trust.

Diabetes Project - Northern ICP Foot Pathway

THE DIABETES FOOT PATHWAY TEAM

NORTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Causeway and Mid-Ulster ICPs introduced an enhanced footcare team for people with diabetes, consisting of a specialist podiatrist, diabetes consultant, and a diabetes nurse specialist.

Diabetes Project The mobile diabetes dialysis clinic

THE MOBILE DIABETES DIALYSIS CLINIC TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The haemodialysis unit at the Belfast City Hospital provides maintenance haemodialysis to approximately 180 patients, of whom approximately 60 have diabetes.

Diabetes Project Belfast Trust DESMOND Team with a Physical Activity Coach

THE DESMOND TEAM WITH A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COACH

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

As far back as 2012, the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, GPs, primary care, community groups, and Diabetes UK met with commissioners to set-up the first primary care partnership (PCP) in South Belfast.

eHealth Solution - Aideen OKane & BHSCT CD Robotics Team.

AIDEEN O’KANE & THE CONTROLLED DRUGS ROBOTICS TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (BHSCT) Controlled Drugs Robotics Team was formed by Aideen O’Kane (Lead Pharmacist Controlled Drugs) and Pamela Orr (Assistant Service Manager Trauma and Orthopaedics).

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eHealth Solution - AppAttic - Carley Morrow Rachel Gawley

CARLEY MORROW, DR RACHEL GAWLEY & THE APPATTIC TEAM

BELFAST

AppAttic are an early-stage medtech SME who develop novel patient-centric healthcare solutions. Their interventions combine innovative consumer technology, such as virtual reality and wearable devices with mobile apps and games to reduce healthcare costs, and improve quality of life.

eHealth Solution - Virtual Reality MRI, Dr Cormac McGrath

DR CORMAC MCGRATH & THE VIRTUAL REALITY MRI TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Being at the forefront of both innovation and care, the team has
produced two apps (Apple and Android devices) to significantly improve the paediatric experience and enlighten the patents as to what it’s like to go for an MRI scan via virtual reality prior to their MRI department visit.

eHealth Solution, Dr Margaret O'Brien, Key Information Summary (KIS) HSCB

DR MARGARET O’BRIEN & THE KEY INFORMATION SUMMARY TEAM

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE BOARD

The implementation of the Key Information Summary consists of an agreed set of patient data that will be extracted from the GP patient record. This will improve patient care and safety as details about the patient’s condition, current treatment, and their wishes, will be available in all care settings where there’s access to the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record.

Hospital Pharmacy Team, Antimicrobial Pharmacist Network - all Trusts

THE ANTIMICROBIAL PHARMACIST NETWORK

ALL TRUSTS

The Antimicrobial Pharmacists Network consists of pharmacists working within each of the trusts, who adopt the responsibility of ensuring the optimal use of antimicrobials within their particular trust.

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Hospital Pharmacy Team, Gary Millar & the RVH ED Pharmacy Team_

GARY MILLAR & THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL ED PHARMACY TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The Emergency Department’s (ED) seven-day pharmacy service commenced in April 2016. Prior to this, the ED received limited weekday input from a pharmacist who also covered the acute medical unit, however this was on an ad-hoc basis, secondary to specific requests from ED staff.

Hospital Pharmacy Team, NHSCT Vaccine Services Pharmacy Team

THE VACCINE SERVICES PHARMACY TEAM

NORTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The team is based in the pharmacy department in the Mid-Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt, and provides a centralised vaccine dispensing and distribution service for the whole of the Northern Health & Social Care catchment area.

Hospital Pharmacy Team, Victoria Pharmaceuticals, BHSCT

THE VICTORIA PHARMACEUTICALS TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Victoria Pharmaceuticals at Knockbracken (VP@KBN) is a small unit made-up of 10 staff – eight of whom are based on-site. The team moved to Knockbracken in September 2016 after having successfully obtained a wholesale dealers authorisation license from the MHRA. .

Community Pharmacy Practice, Brookmount Pharmacy

BROOKMOUNT PHARMACY

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Instilled in Brookmount Pharmacy since it first opened in 2011 is a patient-centred ethos and a culture of team working and development.

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Community Pharmacy Practice, Katharine McGilligan, McGlaughlins Pharmacy

MCGLAUGHLINS PHARMACY

MAGHERAFELT

Throughout the pharmacy’s 31 years of serving the community of Magherafelt, they have garnered much praise for their employment of innovative means.

Pharmacy Practice of the Year, McCartan's Pharmacy

MCCARTAN’S PHARMACY

NEWRY

One of the biggest initiatives which has taken place in the pharmacy has been the development of their healthcare programme for autistic children.

Pharmacy Practice of the Year, Bannside Pharmacy

BANNSIDE PHARMACY LTD

PORTGLENONE

Always keen to widen both the team and patients’ remit of learning, from September 2016 to January 2017, the pharmacy conducted a 16-week Building the
Community Pharmacy Partnership Emotional & Physical Wellbeing Programme – entitled the Portglenone Wellbeing Group – for 15 people.

Pharmacy Practice of the Year, H Sweeney Pharmacy

H SWEENEY CHEMIST

DERRY

Signaling a new and exciting stage in the pharmacy’s evolution, H Sweeny Chemist completely relocated to much larger premises in a shopping centre, which were custom-designed to fuse the themes of modernity, clinical, and nature together.

Innovations in Atrial Fibirillation, Chettina Bradley, WHSCT

CHETTINA BRADLEY

WESTERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

To ensure maximum input, the pharmacy team (in close
conjunction with the wider multiprofessional cardiology team) set about designing the pharmacy service on the cardiology wards.

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Innovations in Atrial Fibirillation, Dr Damian McCall & Jill Byrne, ACU team BHSCT

DR DAMIEN MCCALL, JILL BYRNE & THE ACU TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The Ambulatory Cardiology Unit opened in 2015, aiming to divert patients from in-patient admission, reduce pressure on the Emergency Department, and provide rapid access to care for patients with suspected cardiac conditions.

Innovations in Atrial Fibirillation, Kay Caroll & Direct Current Conversion service team

KAY CARROLL & THE DIRECT CURRENT CONVERSION SERVICE TEAM

SOUTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

A multidisciplinary team was put in place, encompassing all key stakeholders, with their objectives including the development of a standard operating procedure for administrative staff across the trust – enabling efficient scheduling – and the review of nursing documentation and protocol in light of evidence-based practice guidelines.

Innovations in Atrial Fibirillation, Pamela Hegarty, Nurse-led DC Cardioversion

PAMELA HEGERTY & THE NURSE-LED DC CARDIOVERSION TEAM

WESTERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Striving to secure an effective service for patients, a nurse-led cardioversion pathway was created in January 2017. All referrals originated from a cardiologist, and all patients who were haemodynamically stable and met
pre-agreed eligibility criteria were referred for nurse-led DCC.

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DR ANDY MORIARTY & THE AF CLINICAL TRIAL TEAM

SOUTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The aim of the AF clinical research team was to contribute to new studies, seeking to evaluate the efficacy and safety of emerging anticoagulant drugs and whether these would be of benefit to their patients with AF.

IBD Management Ruth Hall and the SHSCT Patient Panel Team

RUTH HALL & THE PATIENT PANEL TEAM

SOUTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Formed over four years ago, the Southern Health & Social Care Trust Patient Panel has gone from strength-to-strength, flourishing in its role of advising on what works well in the trust, and what improvements can be carried out.

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IBD Management, Alan Wilson & Biosimilar Switch Team BHSCT

ALAN WILSON & THE BIOSIMILAR SWITCH TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The introduction of biosimilar therapies has brought major opportunities for health providers to realise financial savings which can be re-invested into service improvements. Spurred on by this realisation, the project aimed to quantify savings that could be made if patients would switch to biosimilar therapy and identify service improvements which they could fund.

IBD Management, Dr George Jacob, NHSCT

GEORGE JACOB & THE ANTRIM IBD RAPID ACCESS SERVICE

NORTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

From the outset, the project homed in on achieving rapid access to diagnosis and investigation of patients suspected of having IBD in line with IBD standards.

IBD Management, Nicola Maybin Pharmacy Department, Ulster Hospital

NICOLA MAYBIN & THE PHARMACY DEPARTMENT, ULSTER HOSPITAL

SOUTH EASTERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Comprising the specialist team are an IBD pharmacist and IBD nurse who manage patients on biologics – including pharmacist prescribing of biologic infusions and pharmacist and nurse clinical review of patients on biologics.

IBD Management Ruth Hall 5 Ways

RUTH HALL & THE IBD WELLBEING PROGRAMME

SOUTHERN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Inspiration for the programme struck following regular comments from patients regarding the lack of psychological services for people suffering with IBD and their carers, and the need for better coping strategies in the form of educational models.

Innovations in Ophthal. Fairview Macular Clinic BHSCT

THE FAIRVIEW MACULAR CLINIC TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE TRUST

In May 2016 the Imaging Team in the Macular Service acquired an OCTA
scanner, quickly becoming adept at capturing high quality scans in minutes. OCTA has become a routine test in the Macular Clinic, absorbed into the repertoire of the imaging team. All new patients at the Macular Clinic have an OCTA done, as do many review patients on clinicians’ request.

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Innovations in Ophthalmology

THE PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The Children’s Ophthalmology Department consists of a wide range of specialist multidisciplinary teams, including the medical, optometry and orthoptic teams and specialist nurses. Many of these services were operating from different sites within the trust and split-site working was making an effective multidisciplinary approach challenging.

Innovations in Ophthalmology - Dr Tunde Peto & Team BHSCT

PROFESSOR TUNDE PETO & THE DESP NI TEAM

BELFAST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

With the aim of tackling the risk rate, since December 2016, the diabetic retinopathy screening services have implemented improvement changes that allow for timely analysis of the images taken and ensure that the patients are placed into the appropriate clinical pathway. This required a six-week ‘screen-free’ period, when there were no more images taken, but image analysis took place by those already trained in it while training those who required further advancement.

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MISS DIMPLE PATEL & THE BELFAST TRUST SOUTHERN PRIMARY EYECARE ASSESSMENT & REFERRAL SERVICE

BELFAST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The aim of the SPEARS pilot was to demonstrate that a primary care-based optometric service could effectively and safely manage patients with acute non-sight threatening eye conditions, thereby reducing demand on GPs and secondary care, and facilitating care closer to home for patients. The overall premise was one of improved accessibility, with a positive impact on the patient experience, and improved cost-effectiveness.

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THE SPINAL CORD TEAM, MUSGRAVE PARK HOSPITAL

BELFAST HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Last year the unit purchased a new, more up-to-date Urodynamic machine, in which members of the team were trained on how to utilise it and conduct Urodynamic testing on both inpatients and out- patients.

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Nursing Team Angela Patterson & SE Trust Continence Service Team

ANGELA PATTERSON & THE CONTINENCE SERVICE TEAM

SOUTH EASTERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Although the service is based within Bangor Community Hospital, and sits within the Primary Care Directorate, the team has also formed roots in two other sub offices in Lisburn Health Centre, and the Downe Hospital, in addition to offering clinic in several locations across the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. Further signaling the staff’s flexibility, all clinics are provided within a primary care location, with in-reach services to the acute sector as required.

Nursing Team Joanne Spence & the  SHSCT Specialist Continence Team(Adult)

JOANNE SPENCE & THE SPECIALIST CONTINENCE TEAM (ADULT)

SOUTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

Starkly aware that a number of patients were presenting to community healthcare professionals, and contending with the ramifications of a lack of clear communication lines, the Specialist Continence Team charged towards change.

Nursing Team of the Year - Inreach Team, Mandy Ellis

MANDY ELLIS & THE REACH TEAM

NORTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST

The seeds of the initiative were planted when 38 nursing homes were approached and voluntarily engaged with the REaCH programme; identifying registered nurse champions to undertake the REaCH education offering. A patient profile in each home was completed to inform the programme content, and a trust practice development facilitator maintained a visible presence in the nursing homes.