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Northern Ireland Healthcare Award winners 2019 revealed

The 20th Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards took place at Belfast’s Europa Hotel last month and coincided with the 2019 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference which took place that afternoon in partnership with the PDA.

Thu 14th March 2019 The PDA

There were 10 categories in total, ranging from Community Pharmacy Collaborative Working, and Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year, to Pharmacy Student Leadership, which was sponsored by the PDA. The presentation was rounded off with the coveted Special Recognition accolade.

Pharmacy Student Leadership Award winner Eimear Cassidy, Queen’s University Belfast pictured above at the NI awards with PDA Chairman Mark Koziol and PDA Union Rep Leon O’Hagan

Each year the PDA sponsor the same category in the Northern Ireland, Welsh and Scottish Pharmacy Awards. The full list of 2019 NI Healthcare Award winners can be found below.

Award winners

  • Pharmacy Student Leadership sponsored by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association – Eimear Cassidy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Asthma / COPD Project of the Year sponsored by TEVA Respiratory Dr Dara O’Donoghue, Barbara Maxwell and Team, Northern Ireland Regional Paediatric Asthma Initiative
  • Management of Rheumatic Disease in Women of Childbearing Age sponsored by UCB Pharma – Dr Nicola Maiden and the Craigavon Rheumatology Biologics Team (Southern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Diabetes Project of the Year sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals LimitedDr Ian Wallace and Dr Ailish Nugent, Belfast City Hospital Diabetes Service (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Most Innovative Use of an eHealth Solution to Improve Patient Care and Safety sponsored by InterSystems – Claire Russell and the District Nursing Service Team (Southern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year sponsored by EthypharmKaren Miller and the Medicines Optimisation for Older People Intermediate Care Team (South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Community Pharmacy Collaborative Working sponsored by – Jonathan Lloyd, Deirdre McCloskey and PACT Community Pharmacists, IMPACTAgewell® Partnership
  • Heart Failure Management sponsored by NovartisDr Lana Dixon and the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust Heart Failure Team
  • Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease sponsored by Tillotts Pharma – Ruth Hall and the Self-Management / Flare Card Project Team, trust-wide healthcare and PHA collaboration
  • Innovation in Rheumatology Service sponsored by UCB Pharma – Jane Whiteman, Pharmacy Department, Musgrave Park Hospital, with Rheumatology Consultants (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Special Recognition Award sponsored by EssityJanice Smyth, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland

All the winners and their stories of success will be featured in the forthcoming edition of Northern Ireland Healthcare Review – along with a recap of the 2019 Northern Ireland Pharmacy Conference. The pictures can now be viewed online by visiting:



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