Newry community urged to vote for ‘Our Health Hero’ Katrina

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Friday, September 13th, 2019

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has spoke of its delight at one of their Dementia Activity Support Workers, Katrina Lavery, who has been shortlisted for the National ‘Our Health Heroes Awards’.

Katrina is one of 12 UK finalists in the Clinical Support Worker of the Year category.

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The ‘Our Health Heroes’ awards are a national programme dedicated to recognising the fantastic work that support staff do day-after-day to improve the quality of care given for patients, and celebrate their achievements.



As a dementia activity support worker at Gillis Memory Centre, Katrina has been pivotal in enabling staff to identify the importance of structured activities for those in their care.

Her passion and commitment to her patients has allowed many of them to maintain their cognitive functions and independence when they are in hospital.

Katrina has developed an in-patient activity information brochure, to inform families of activities that they can take part in to engage with their loved ones, which has been commended by families and visitors.

Her presence has been instrumental in creating a positive space not only for patients, but for their families.



Speaking to Newry Times, Katrina said, “I feel so humbled and honoured to have been nominated. I have such a rewarding job in Gillis Memory Centre.

She added, “I feel that I get to spend my time talking, laughing, dancing and making things, but there is nothing more rewarding than when you see the patients happy and having fun.”  

Siobhan Donaghy, Head of Memory Service, who nominated Katrina for the award, said, “Katrina is a deserving winner. She has been instrumental in promoting therapeutic activities to enable patients to maintain their cognitive functioning and independence while living with Dementia.”

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health, said, “For the fourth year in a row these awards have struck a chord and it’s been amazing to read through the nomination forms; there are some truly incredible people working within our healthcare sector who deserve to be recognised for their achievements and dedication. 



“I’m delighted that Katrina has been shortlisted in her individual category.

He added, “It will be up to the public to decide whether she takes home the national award, but all of our finalists are already worthy winners.”

Members of the public can vote for Katrina via the Skills for Health website: The main trend of clinical studies in recent years in the field of postoperative analgesia is the use of the principle of multimodality of pain protection with an emphasis on preventive (before injury and pain) protection.

Voting closes on 11 October.



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