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2016 Excellence Awards

Health Service Excellence Awards: Ophthalmology Project is a Clear Winner

The award for Overall Best Project was presented to the Ophthalmology Service being delivered by Sligo University Hospital and Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan Community Health Organisation. The Ophthalmology Service in Sligo University Hospital joined forces with colleagues working in the community to create an improved model of care for patients.

"The Health Service Excellence Awards 2016 are designed to identify, recognise the real value we place on excellence and innovation across all of our health service. The Awards process enabled us to identify great service developments that can be shared and implemented, as appropriate, in different parts of our health system", Tony O'Brien, DG of the HSE.

Seven projects were selected to compete to be the Overall Winner of the 2016 Health Service Excellence Awards. Teams representing the final seven projects attended today’s Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.  The final seven projects were selected from an original entry of 426 projects.  They were chosen by the Selection Panel after 39 projects were invited to make presentations detailing their projects aims and objectives.

The Health Service Excellence Awards took place on Wednesday 27th April 2016 in Dublin. The Awards are designed to encourage and inspire our healthcare staff to develop better services that result in easier access and high quality care for patients and to promote pride among staff in relation to our services. Director General of the HSE, Tony O’Brien, presented the awards.

He continued: “The Awards are not simply about those projects selected as being winners and finalists but about all of those that have been submitted and are contributing to the continuous improvement of health and social care services. The on-going commitment of staff throughout the public health service contributes in a very significant way to the quality and satisfaction levels acknowledged by our service users and the members of the public.  The Health Service Excellence Awards afford us the opportunity to take pride in our services, recognise and celebrate staff commitment and dedication and to say thank you to our staff for their contribution to the provision of health and social care services.

The Runner Up Award was presented to the National Clinical Programme for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) which was initiated in 2010 to save lives by standardising the care of ACS patients across the country as a joint venture between the Irish Cardiac Society (under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the HSE.

The Popular Choice Award, decided by an online poll for healthcare staff, was presented to the Community Epilepsy Outreach Service operated by the South/South West Hospitals Group and Community Healthcare Organisation for Cork and Kerry. The service succeeded in transforming the quality of epilepsy care for service users through a radical redesign of the model of care.

Top seven Health Service Excellence Award Projects

Highly Commended

In addition to the final seven projects another seven projects have been Highly Commended by the Selection Panel. Although these projects did not make the final seven the Selection Panel felt they were of such a high standard that they deserved to be Highly Commended.  These projects are as follows:

  • Transition to Secondary School Group (for children attending SAT or CAMHS services) - CHO Area 8
  • National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OoCIO) Health Business Services
  • Community Medicine for Older Persons Nursing Home Liaison Service - Ireland East Hospital Group
  • Donegal Social Prescribing for Health and Wellbeing - CHO Area 1
  • Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery – collaborative efforts of HSE and CSSG improving patients outcomes - South /South West Hospitals Group
  • Partnership for Health Equity (PHE) Clinics in Limerick City - CHO Area 3
  • Bringing Methadone Treatment to Homeless People - Addiction Services For Homeless People