21st Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards Recipients Revealed

The Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards recently paid tribute to a number of the sector’s notable trailblazers – and the positive impact which they have forged for the benefit of their patients and peers alike.

            The culmination of the hotly-contested process – which involved an interview stage led by esteemed panels of judges – was a packed-out ceremony at Belfast’s Europa Hotel. Television Presenter Pamela Ballantine once again took on the role of host for the evening, as the winners were unveiled before a 300-plus audience of industry stalwarts, students, and service providers.

            Keeping apace with the region’s ever-evolving delivery of healthcare services, 10 awards were up for grabs. With the categories spanning the different corners of the profession, the titles ranged from Community Pharmacist of the Year, and Innovation in Rheumatology Service, to Managing Substance Dependency in the Community, and Pharmacy Student Leadership.

            As the ceremony reached its closing moments for the 21st year, the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was announced – Professor Peter Passmore in recognition of his tremendous contributions to Aging and Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast and beyond.

            This year, the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards was delighted to raise much-needed funds for its sponsored charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK (Northern Ireland).

Asthma / COPD Project of the Year Award winner, Dr Rory Convery, Andrea Green and Diarmuid McNicholl, Respiratory Ambulatory Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital, with James Dale, TEVA UK Respiratory, and Dr Paul McKeagney, Consultant Respiratory Physician (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)

Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year Award winner, Dearbhla Murphy and Anne Sharkey and team, Meigh Pharmacy, Killeavy, with Alex Saint, Kent Pharma, and Loretto McManus, Superintendent Pharmacist, Lakeland Pharmacy, Enniskillen

Diabetes Project of the Year Award winner, Dr Sian-Lee Ewan and the Aberfoyle Medical Practice Team, Strand Road (Western Health & Social Care Trust), with Coirle Butler, Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited, and Dr Ursula Brennan

Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year Award winner, Caitriona Donnelly and the Belfast City Hospital Renal Pharmacy Team (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust), with Paul Concannon, Ethypharm UK, and Professor Mike Scott, Head of Pharmacy & Medicines Management (Northern Health & Social Care Trust)

Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award winner, Dr Jennifer Addley and the Gastro Ambulatory Care Team (South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust), with Sophie Semple and Angela Lambe, Tillotts Pharma, and Dr Graham Turner, Consultant Gastroenterologist (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)

Improvements in Cardiac Services for Chest Pain Management Award winner, Dr Paul McGlinchey and the Cardiac Assessment Unit Team, Omagh Hospital (Western Health & Social Care Trust), with Francis Lynch, A. Menarini, and Dr Aaron Peace, Assistant Medical Director, Research & Development, and Chief Executive Officer of C-TRIC (Western Health & Social Care Trust)

Innovation in Rheumatology Service Award winner, Dr Jonathan McKnight, Dr Maria Wray and Dr Auleen Millar, Antrim Area Hospital (Northern Health & Social Care Trust), with Patrick Thompson, UCB Pharma, and Dr Gary Wright, Consultant Rheumatologist (Northern Health & Social Care Trust)

Management of Psoriasis Award winner, Eleanor Henderson and Lorraine Gribben and Team, the Dermatology Biologic Nurse Service (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust), with David Lock, UCB Pharma, and Dr Kevin McKenna, Consultant Dermatologist (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)

Managing Substance Dependency in the Community Award winner, Mairead Jervis and the Community Addiction Team (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust), with Ken Sutherland, Ethypharm UK, and Kathy Goumas, Addiction Specialist Consultant (Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Board)

Pharmacy Student Leadership Award winner, Shauna Murray, Queen’s University Belfast, with Paul Day, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association, and Leon O’Hagan, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Peter Passmore, Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast, with Joanne Earley and Heather Moorland, AIB, and Dr Andrew Gilliland, retired GP, Dunluce Medical Centre, and Bridget McCabe, Managing Director, Medical Communications