Health Care Management success for Newry staff

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
A number of Southern Health and Social Care Trust staff have been recognised at the prestigious Institute of Health Care Management Awards recently. Winner Dr Pat McCaffreyThe Institute of Healthcare Management is the leading independent membership organisation for health and social care managers. The Institute supports personal development and promotes the improvement of health and wellbeing through quality management. Consultant Geriatrician Dr Patricia McCaffrey won the Medical Leader of the Year and Kay Carroll, Head of Service for Cardiology was awarded with Manager of the Year. Head of Physiotherapy Teresa Ross, was shortlisted in the Allied Health Professional Manager of the Year category; the Rapid Access Respiratory Clinic was shortlisted for the Regional Excellence and Quality Award; Speech and Language Therapy Manager, Vivienne Williamson and Information Communications Technology Training Manager, Anna-Marie McCreanor were both shortlisted in the Manager of the Year category. Consultant Geriatrician, Dr Patricia McCaffrey was awarded for her dedication and inspirational leadership in improving services for older people across the Southern Area.
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LearnSpark1She has been instrumental in improving stroke and non-acute hospital services and for introducing the first consultant led ‘Acute Care at Home Service’ in Northern Ireland which is helping to prevent hospital admissions and supporting an earlier discharge home for many older people. Winner Kay CarrollHead of Service for Cardiology, Kay Carroll was recognised for leading the review and improvement of the Direct Current Conversion Service – which regulates heart rhythms of patients with cardiac issues. By including all staff involved in the service and considering patient feedback, Kay has led the development of a more patient centred, safer and effective service which has reduced waiting times from 56 to 3 weeks and has lowered the number of cancellations. Congratulating all the shortlisted and winning entrants, Southern Trust Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke said, “In the Southern Trust we actively encourage continuous improvement of our services to ensure that our patients and clients are always receiving the best possible care. She added, “We are delighted that this commitment to excellence from our staff and their dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of local people has been recognised in this way.”
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