Advancing Healthcare Award Winners


A team whose work has had a huge impact on the care of premature babies in Northern Ireland has won this year’s Advancing Healthcare awards. Nikki Lyttle and Catherine Glover from the NI Regional Project embedded the skills of allied health professionals into the neonatal team to ensure that babies born early receive all the specialist help they need. 

The project included colleagues from South Eastern Trust, Public Health Agency, Belfast Trust, Northern Trust, Western Trust, Southern Trust.

The judges chose this as the overall winner because of the impact it has had across the whole of Northern Ireland. They were the overall winners and also winners of Department of Health award for transforming the workforce category. 

They were presented with their award at the fourth Advancing Healthcare Awards NI ceremony held recently at the La Mon Hotel, Belfast. Professor Hugh McKenna, dean of medical school development, Ulster University, as guest of honour, praised the awards programme for highlighting the work of professionals who are often overlooked.

The winner of the Health and Social Care Board award for enhancing support in primary care were Stephen Mcgarrigle, Cailin Hynes and Aveen McCraith from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust for their work in pioneering a new role in primary care: the first contact practitioner in musculoskeletal physiotherapy to ease the pressure on GP services and improve patient care.

Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions presented the Public Health Agency award for building capacity in communities and prevention to Lorraine Coulter from the South Eastern Trust and Mabel Scullion from Barnados  whose project Help Kids Talk is a community wide multi-agency initiative to give children in Lisburn and Colin the best start in life by developing good communication skills.

Congratulations to all our well deserved winners!