2nd Annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Profession Awards 2018


2nd Annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Profession Awards 2018Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professional staff who work in services across the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) were collectively acknowledged this week at an annual awards ceremony, held at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.

The awards ceremony was part of the Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals Conference organised to highlight innovation happening within each service. The conference was also hosted to mark the 70th Anniversary of the NHS and give praise to all those involved in delivering high quality healthcare to people living in the Western Trust area and beyond.

The conference was opened by Western Trust Chairman, Mr Niall Birthistle and Chief Executive, Dr Anne Killgallen. It was attended by the Department of Health’s Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Rodney Morton and Hazel Winning, Lead AHP Officer.

A full programme of talk sessions were offered to nursing, midwifery and AHP staff at the conference. They focused on innovation in healthcare, continuous learning and development and quality improvement within the professions.  Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Public Health Agency gave a talk on maximising the roles of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals working within Primary Care Multidisciplinary Teams.

The highlight of the conference was the awards ceremony. Each award was presented to a Support Worker, Midwife, Allied Health Professional or team that had demonstrated true dedication to their profession and to their patients. Each winner or highly commended award recipient stood out for making a difference to the lives of others, whether it was inspiring their work colleagues or supporting the people they care for.

Speaking at the conference and awards ceremony, Western Trust Chairman, Mr Niall Birthistle said: “This event provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the value of Nurses, Midwives and AHP’s and what they do for local healthcare. They do extraordinary things on a daily basis for patients and their families, despite the challenges they are presented with.

Mr Birthistle added: “We heard first-hand from patients and carers about how their lives were touched by certain teams or individuals who supported them through challenging ill-health experiences. It is therefore so important that we give them the thanks and praise that they so richly deserve.”