Eilis Hession, Manager of Services for Older People, HSE Dun Laoghaire, was awarded the first ever European Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care. The award is named after an English doctor who worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in healthcare while undergoing treatment for cancer. Eilis received the award at the eHealth Week Awards Plenary in Malta last Thursday, May 11.
Dr Kate Granger, who sadly passed away in July 2016, launched the awards in England in 2014 to recognise people and organisations that have delivered care with compassion at its heart. Now, with the backing of HIMSS and the support of Kate’s widower, Chris Pointon, colleagues in the rest of Europe have the opportunity to recognise outstanding patient care in the European Kate Granger Awards for Compassionate Care.
She has worked as a public health nurse for many years delivering a quality and humane service to all her patients and their families. She leads the Living With Dementia programme in Stillorgan, Dublin, a three year community-based pilot project to support people with dementia to continue to live at home and be an active part of the community.
Her team comprises of patients, their primary carers and representative from community groups. The pilot will influence national policy on the care of people with dementia, improving the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout Ireland.
Eilis was the candidate that obtained the highest number of nominations for the European Kate Granger Awards 2017. The jury highlighted her “solid track record and accomplishment of compassionate care”. She is described as a “motivational leader with all the human, physical and clinical skills required to lead a whole community in creating a changed environment that is actively supporting and including people with dementia, enabling them to live their lives to the full in the community.”
The jury of the Kate Granger Awards was composed of several health IT personalities from European hospitals, HIMSS President Stephen Lieber and Kate Granger’s widower Chris Pointon.