The Irish Healthcare Awards are now open for submissions. Entries are welcome from individuals and institutions involved in acute and primary care, public health, those in the private sector and others with an interest in healthcare.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 21st August, with winners announced at a gala event in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on November 7th.
Since they began in 2002, the Irish Healthcare Awards have been firmly established as Ireland’s premier honours in the area of health and medicine. Entries are evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges who reward innovation, excellence and achievement in the Irish health system and recognise projects that have made a positive contribution to patient care. The awards cover the fields of education, management, healthcare delivery and collaboration, pharmaceutical innovation, and patient support.
“The Irish Medical Times is proud to host the Irish Healthcare Awards for a twelfth year,” said Mr David Kelly, Publisher, Irish Medical Times. “The Awards have become an annual celebration of the exemplary work done in the health sector. Those working in the health service and related industries rarely get recognised for the excellent work they carry out every day throughout the country.”
Last year, St James’s Hospital was awarded the best overall prize, ‘An Duais Mhór’, for its study on understanding and managing persistent cancer-related fatigue. The Dublin hospital also topped the Best Hospital Project category, which received a significant number of entries from across the country.
At the 2012 ceremony, Cork consultant Dr William Fennell was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive work in cardiology. Dr Fennell has led a distinguished career including a term as President of the Irish Cardiac Society, Chairman of the Irish Board for Training in Cardiovascular Medicine and President of the Irish Heart Foundation. He is currently director of Training in Cardiology for the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training.
Other winners in 2012 included the Irish Cancer Society, Sligo General Hospital, Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Tallaght Hospital and Cork University Hospital.
Submissions can be entered in any of the following categories and are welcomed from all areas of the health sector, both public and private:
Best Education Project – General Practice/ Pharmacy
Best Public Health Initiative
Excellence in Healthcare Management
Nursing Project of the Year
Best Patient Education Project – Non-Pharmaceutical
Patient Organisation Project of the Year
Student Project of the Year
Best Educational Meeting
Outpatient Initiative of the Year
Best Patient Education Project – Pharmaceutical
Best Hospital Project
Best Pharmaceutical Marketing Campaign
Best Use of Information Technology
Best Patient Lifestyle Education Project
Lifetime Achievement Award