HSE 2018 Health Service Excellence Awards West Showcase Event 

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HSE 2018 Health Service Excellence Awards West Showcase Event 

CHO 1 staff at Health Excellence Awards Showcase Event

On Tuesday, June 11, Sligo IT played host to a special celebration event held to acknowledge the excellent work that is taking place throughout both the acute hospital sector and the community health services in border and western counties from Donegal to Galway.  

Approximately 60 HSE staff attended the event, representing a total of 35 projects who submitted applications to the 2018 Health Service Excellence Awards.  

Dr Gerladine McDermot, General Dental Surgeon, Cavan/Monahgan Primary Care Dental Services being presented with her certificate of appreciation by Yvette Keating, Senior HR Manager, National HR Modernisation & Efficiency 

Speaking at the event the HSE HR Business Manager Colette Cassidy stated “On behalf of Francis Rogers, awards Co-ordinator for HSE West I’m delighted to be here today to acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication of the staff involved the 35 projects that were submitted to the national Health Excellence Awards from the West." She added "We are proud to be hosting the awards showcase events here in Sligo IT and I wish to start today by congratulating all the projects who submitted their work particularly the "Access to Psychological Services" (APSI) project which was one of the 6 national finalists this year.  APSI is an easily accessible, no waiting list, primary care psychology service which used an evidence based stepped care approach for County Roscommon.  This project won the "Championing Mental Health across our Health Services" category award.

A new category for "Outstanding Employee Award" was added this year. In this category a number of employees were nominated by their colleagues for their exceptional work.

Dr Ignazio, Graffeo, Psychiatry Registrar, Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services being presented with his certificate of appreciation by Yvette Keating, Senior HR Manager, National HR Modernisation & Efficiency.

Three employees were nominated the West including Niamh Walsh, clinical nurse manager for introducing a bone health screening programme in Intellectual Disability Services in Donegal.

Other projects that were showcased at the event from across CHO 1 - covering Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim and West Cavan - area included a project led by Dr Geraldine McDermott is a General Dental Surgeon working in Cavan/Monaghan Primary Care Dental Services. The project was on a new nitrous oxide inhalation sedation service to provide dental treatment for anxious children located in the Dental Care Service, Primary Care Centre Cavan Town.  This new nitrous oxide sedation service reduces the general anaesthesia waiting list in community dentistry and cost to the taxpayer. It is incontestably safer than general anaesthesia as risks of morbidity and mortality are drastically lower for children.

This new service broadens the scope of Cavan Monaghan Primary Care Dental Services in providing easier access to dental care for anxious children in a less stressful environment. It is a welcome, complimentary, cost effective service for children who may otherwise require a dental general anaesthetic. 

From Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services Dr Ignazio Graffeo,  Psychiatry Registrar showcased the "Change Your Mind Festival".  This festival  aims to talk more openly about mental health in terms of prevention and fight against stigma.  The concept of the festival is where all arts and different disciplines meet with the aim of creating a unique atmosphere of acceptance knowledge honesty and trust when it comes to mental health issues. This the second year the festival has been held with approximately 4000 people attending, over a 3 day period at the Knocknarea Arena Sligo IT.  The festival involved over 50 speakers on the topic of mental health, over 60 stalls, four chefs, six music bands, magicians and 12 workshops.

In total 322 projects were submitted to the national awards from throughout the health services in Ireland, six innovative projects got through to the final shortlist after a rigorous selection process. These projects highlight how so many HSE staff are working to deliver better services with easier access and higher quality care for patients. 

For further information on the Health Excellence awards including details of all the projects please visit here.

John Hayes, Chief Officer, CHO 1 said, “Congratulations to all our staff throughout the five counties of CHO 1, who worked tirelessly on these projects.  Events such as these are important so that we can highlight the tremendous hard work, dedication and innovation of our staff who are working to deliver the best care possible to our patients.”