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Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 – see the photographs here http://images.imagebureau.ie/v/photos/45632mxd/C238727604

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

The Singing Waiters pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Helen Martin, Publisher of IMT and MIMS Ireland, welcomed the 400 plus guests to the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, on November 9th.

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Helen Martin, Publisher, IMT. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Helen introduced this year’s charity partner, the amazing Outreach Moldova –  an Irish Charity that protects orphaned, abandoned and often abused children with special needs, as well as those with terminal illnesses, in the Republic of Moldova. The charity was founded by Dublin doctor Dr Suzanne O’Connell, 16 years ago, and Suzanne spoke about its work.

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Dr Suzanne O’Connell, Founder, Outreach Moldova. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Next, Dara Gantly, Editor of the Irish Medical Times introduced the MC for the evening, broadcaster, businessman and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr.

“As chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company, he has led Insomnia to become Ireland’s largest coffee house chain over a successful 16-year period. He presents ‘Down To Business’, a Saturday business breakfast show on Newstalk Radio and was a founding ‘Dragon’ on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’. Currently, you can also find him on UTV Ireland in his new TV series ‘Along Home Shores’ – an eight-part series that sees the ‘avid sailor’ discovering the hidden treasures of the coastlines and waterways of Ireland. By ‘avid’, I mean Bobby completed the Round Ireland Yacht Race in 2014, where his boat came first in its class.”

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Dara Gantly, Editor, IMT. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Bobby took to the stage and said “I am delighted to be your MC for the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016, first established back in 2002 by the publishers of Ireland’s leading medical newspaper, Irish Medical Times, and MIMS Ireland. These awards are now indisputably recognised as the most sought after in Irish healthcare, so congratulations to all of those who have entered, been shortlisted and especially to those taking home a prize tonight.”

There are eighteen categories in all, including the lifetime achievement and An Duais Mhór, the overall prize for best entry.

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Bobby Kerr, MC for the evening. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

 

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

The singing waiters performing during the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

After the wonderful dinner, Bobby came back to the stage,

“And now we come to the most important part of the evening, the presentation of the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016. This year — the 15th year the so-called ‘Oscars’ of the health services have taken place — the judges had a really tough job in choosing the category winners and overall winner from the mass of entries that were received in 16 categories. By the end of the night, you will have a much clearly picture of just how difficult that judging was. So on behalf of everyone, I’d like to thank again our judges: Dara Gantly, Editor of Irish Medical Times; Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater Dr Dermot Power; Stephen McMahon, CEO of the Irish Patients’ Association, Dr Muiris Houston, Medical Journalist with The Irish Times and IMT columnist, Prof Ellen O’Sullivan, Consultant Anaesthetist at St James’s and finally, Shane Fitzgerald, President of The Pharmaceutical Managers’ Institute of Ireland. What again really impressed the judges was the wide cross section of projects from all sectors of the health service and all regions of the country. So congratulations again to all our shortlisted teams.”

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Dr Dermot Power, Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater Hospital and UCD, and President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 – Winners of the Best Patient Project.

The Freetown Embassy Cardiac First Responder Scheme was established by Irish GPs, army medics and diplomatic staff during the Ebola outbreak of 2014/15 to provide life-saving medical training, care and equipment in a country with no statutory ambulance service.

When the battle against EVD was almost won, members of the Irish Defence Forces – part of the international response to the crisis – noted that there was no emergency ambulance service available in Sierra Leone other than that for patients suffering from Ebola.

So Sgt Martin Moules (paramedic) and Capt Dr Patrick Kelly (MICGP) of the Irish Defence Forces offered to teach Cardiac First Response and First Aid Responder courses to British and Irish diplomatic staff and their locally employed civilian staff. During an eight-week period, 130 civilian personnel successfully completed the courses.

The UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science donated the first AED and agreed to maintain it on an ongoing basis, while the British High Commission procured an additional three AEDs, as well as a mobile response vehicle.

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, were, (l-r) representing The Irish Defence Forces, UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Irish Embassy to Sierra Leone, and the British High Commission, Freetown, winners of the Best Patient Project, Captain Gerry Waldron; Emmet Gilhooley, Enterprise Account Manager, Clanwilliam Health and Mairead Egan (UCD CEMS). Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 – Cancer Trials Ireland, Winners of the Best Patient Education Project – Non Pharmaceutical

Cancer Trials Ireland (formerly known as the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group, or ICORG) was originally set up in 1996 to open more cancer trials and make Ireland a more attractive location for such research.

It started out on a strategic organisational change programme two years ago, which saw a new Board, new CEO appointed, and, in May 2016, the name change and rebranding to Cancer Trials Ireland – all of which tied in with its ‘Just Ask!’ campaigned launched on International Clinical Trials Day 2016.

The core message of this long-term publicity campaign – which had a massive online impact – was that patients and their families should ask their healthcare professional about cancer trials.

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, were, (l-r) representing Cancer Trials Ireland, winners of the Best Patient Education Project – Non Pharmaceutical, Karl Anderson; Eibhlin Mulroe; Darina Sexton, Head of Communications, MSD Ireland and Shane Ring. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 – University Hospital Galway, Mayo University Hospital Castlebar and Letterkenny General Hospital on behalf of the Saolta Healthcare Group, Winners of An Duais Mhór

At the end of the Awards, Bobby revealed the winner of the big prize from the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016, An Duais Mhór. And the winners were University Hospital Galway, Mayo University Hospital Castlebar and Letterkenny General Hospital on behalf of the Saolta Healthcare Group for their ‘Pre-pregnancy care for women with diabetes’ service.

In Bobby’s words: “Winner of the Best Sustainable Healthcare Project, this long-term project implemented over the past several years at three hospitals in the West/North West region has benefited to date more than 250 women with diabetes through a bespoke, cost-effective and sustainable pre-pregnancy care programme. While it is now considered a routine service provided by the Saolta Healthcare Group, there were no pre-pregnancy clinics before 2006 in the entire West of Ireland.”

“So the Atlantic Diabetes in Pregnancy research group secured a grant from the Health Research Board to initially set up the programme, which was modelled on guidelines from NICE in the UK. Among the current multidisciplinary team are a consultant endocrinologist at the central hub in UHG, who travels regularly to the other sites to support local endocrinologists, diabetes nurse specialists and dieticians with the free-to-attend gold standard programme, which – by the way – has no waiting lists!” 

“The results have been dramatic, as illustrated in a study carried out by the Galway Diabetes Research Centre and Department of Economics, NUI Galway and recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Attendees were significantly better prepared for pregnancy, with higher rates of folic acid use (97.3% vs 57.7%), lower rates of smoking (8.7% vs 16.6%) and lower use of potentially harmful medications at conception (0.7% vs 6%). Significantly – the average cost of delivering the pre-pregnancy care programme was just €449 per pregnancy, which was significantly less than the difference in complication costs between those who did and did not attend pre-pregnancy care – estimated at €2,570 per pregnancy.”

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, were, (l-r), Iwer Baecker, Managing Director, Bayer Ireland, presenting An Duais Mhór to the Saolta Healthcare Group for their ‘Pre-pregnancy care for women with diabetes’ service; Louise Carmody; Breda Kirwan; Prof Fidelma Dunne; Marie Todd and Pauline Ferry. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Prof Fidelma Dunne, accepting An Duais Mhór on behalf of the Saolta Healthcare Group for their ‘Pre-pregnancy care for women with diabetes’ service. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

The final prize of the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 was the Lifetime Achievement award.

Bobby Kerr told us:

“Only the sixth geriatrician to be appointed in Ireland, in 1979, our Lifetime Award recipient transformed geriatric medicine services at Cork University Hospital, St Finbarr’s Hospital and ultimately the wider Cork County, and all on an onerous ‘one-in-two’ rota for some 21 years!

While ever the champion of his particular specialty – which saw him serve four years as President of the Irish Gerontological Society in the mid-2000s, receiving the prestigious IGS President’s Medal just this September – he has also always seen the ‘bigger picture’, both in terms of his involvement in academic medicine at UCC and in medico-politics, as IMO Consultant Committee Chair and later as IMO President in 1990, and receiving the union’s Doolin Medal in 2010.

That ‘bigger picture’ also saw this Mallow native visit Haiti on three occasions – both before and after the devastating earthquake of 2010 – and he remains on the Board of the Haven Partnership – the voluntary charity devoted to supporting and educating the people of Haiti.

He has also represented Ireland on the European stage, both on the EU statutory Advisory Committee on Medical Training and, for 21 years, as the Irish nominee to the Council of the European Union of Medical Specialists – another organisation of which he became President, the only Irish person ever to have done so.

Add to that being Chair of Comhairle na nOspidéal, his membership of the Task Force on Medical Staffing which produced the Hanly Report, his Chairmanship on the National Implementation Group: European-Working Time Directive set up to advise on the 48-hour week for NCHDs, and Board membership of HIQA from 2010-2015 – and you get just a taste of how wide his roles and responsibilities have been, and all despite officially retiring from clinical practice in 2010.

Our Honorary UCC Professor was also the first UCC/Southern Region Intern Network Coordinator, appointed in 2010, when the National Intern Training Programme was launched, and has been a mentor over the years for many a doctor.

But instead of me listing off ‘all’ of his achievements – and there are many more – I would like to invite one of our Judges Dr Dermot Power, Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater Hospital and UCD, and President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, on stage to say a few words about this year’s recipient, who – as you have probably guessed – is the remarkable Dr Cillian Twomey.”

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, were, (l-r), Dr Cillian Twomey, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Michael Cooper, Commercial Operations Manager at Daiichi-Sankyo Ireland. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016

Pictured at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on November 10th, was Dr Cillian Twomey, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

 

Irish Healthcare Awards 2016 – see the photographs here http://images.imagebureau.ie/v/photos/45632mxd/C238727604

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