19th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards Winners Announced

Northern Ireland’s fast-paced healthcare professionals were recently granted an opportunity to rejoice and reflect on the dizzying heights reached over the last 12 months.

Marking its 19th year as a benchmark for industry excellence, the 2018 Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards once again descended on Belfast’s Europa Hotel – attracting a 300-plus audience made up of service leaders, students, and up-and-coming innovators. Journalist and presenter, Pamela Ballantine, was the esteemed host for the evening, steering the programme with her wit and charm.

The glittering ceremony represented a culmination of an intense entry and interview process in which the applicants were whittled down by experts in their relevant field. The 12 accolades up for grabs ranged from Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year, and Innovations in Ophthalmology, to Pharmacy Student Leadership Award, and Dental Hygienist / Therapist of the Year. Always striving to serve the needs of the sector, a number of new titles were unveiled for 2018, including the Intimate Care Clinical Nursing Team of the Year Award.

During an especially poignant portion of the event, the Special Recognition Award was presented to a worthy – and shocked – Professor Michael Scott in recognition of his commendable work, which has included taking on the role of Director of the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre.

Over £2,000 was generously gifted by attendees on the night to this year’s nominated charity, AWARE; the national depression charity for Northern Ireland, and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder.

The gala was devised by publishing specialists MEDCOM – responsible for UK-wide healthcare and pharmacy magazines, websites, and daily e-news alerts.
All the winners and their stories of success will be featured in the forthcoming edition of Northern Ireland Healthcare Review, while the exclusive pictures can now be viewed online by visiting www.nihealthcare.com/awards.