Hospital Professional Awards 2019 – a celebration of innovation and excellence

It was months in the planning and in the end it was worth waiting for.

The Hospital Professional Awards showcased the extraordinary talent and hard work which hospital professionals throughout Ireland are undertaking everyday with an evening of celebration at the Carton House Hotel, Kildare.

The awards champion excellence in all aspects of the secondary care sector and have proven to be an industry highlight, with more than 350 attending the glittering awards ceremony.

The 2019 awards attracted a record number of applications from the largest ever number of hospitals and our specially selected panel of expert and independent judges were impressed by the overall standard as they selected the winners across the 16 categories.

Comedian Colm O’Regan hosted the awards and brought a sense of order and professionalism to the evening, which also featured top-class entertainment and excellent food.

HPN editor Jonny McCambridge addressed the crowd when he explained the ethos behind the HPAs.

He said: “Even to be nominated is a fantastic achievement and every person in attendance tonight should be very proud.

“These awards are a recognition of excellence and best practice throughout the secondary care sector and feature countless examples of how that excellence has led to improvements in patient care. We have been deeply impressed by the standard. I know, from speaking to hospital professionals, that they are always modest and always say that they are just doing their job and this is what they do every day.

“But these awards are the recognition that what you do every day is amazing and vital and that should never be forgotten.’

Jonny also paid tribute to all of the staff at IPN Communications who had worked hard to make the awards a success, as well as the panel of judges who gave up their time to select the winners, and to the award sponsors whose support is vital.

But the biggest thank-you was for those who took the time to enter and to ensure that the HPAs continue to go from strength to strength.

Please see the winners from the Awards below:

Winner of the Excellence in Patient Safety Award 2019:
Claire Shine – Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Medicines Reconciliation Service


Jon Barbour, GSK with Winner of the GSK Excellence in Respiratory
Initiative of the Year 2019: Sara Winward – Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Mater
Misericordiae University Hospital


Winner of the Medisource Hospital Pharmacy Technician of the Year 2019:
Heslin – Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown with Paul Boland, Managing Director at Medisource


Winner of the Hospital Specialist of the Year Award 2019:
Dolores Keating – St John of God Hospital with Philip Watt, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland CEO


Winner of the Excellence in Psychiatry Initiative 2019, Elizabeth Barrett, Consultant
in Child and Adolescent Liaison Psychiatry, Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street


Accepting the Haematology Project of the Year 2019 Award on behalf of Professor
Fionnuala Ní Áinle is Aisling Beakey – Drug Safety Facilitator, Mater Misericordiae
University Hospital with Dr Alison Dougall – National Haemophilia Council


Mairead Griffin – Head of sales at Grünenthal, Claire Byrne – Grünenthal sales, Deirdre O’ Dowd CNS Pain Medicine, Carmel Daly, CNS Pain Medicine, Lynne O’ Donnell CNS Pain Medicine, Dr. Deborah Galvin Pain Fellow, Andrea Rooney CNS pain medicine, Dermot Giles Head of Marketing at Grünenthal.
Winners of the Grünenthal Advancing the Standard of Care in Pain Management Award 2019


Vilasini Vikneswaramoorthy – Microbiology NCHD, Marie Ronan – AMS Pharmacist,
Shomik Sibartie – Consultant Microbiolgist, Rose Cafferkey – AMS Pharmacist,
Grainne McHale – IFCN and Majella Sharkey – Surveillance Scientist:
Winners of the
Consultant-led hospital team of the year award 2019


Eimhear Reilly – Pharmacist, Cavan General Hospital: Winner of the Clonmel Healthcare
Innovation & Service Development Award 2019 with Natalie Maginnis – IPN Communications CEO


Accepting the Amgen Excellence in Oncology Award 2019 on behalf of Brid Ryan is
Garreth Dooley – Senior Clinical Pharmacist in Oncology/Haematology Clinical Trials
in Mater Hospital with Kevin Filan from Amgen


Accepting the KRKA Young Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award 2019 on behalf
of Winner, Marguerite Vaughan is Elaine Neary – Tallaght Hospital with Ben Tighe from


Matt Moran – Director, BioPharmaChem Ireland presenting award to Sheena Cheyne – Chief Pharmacist
at National Rehabilitation Hospital and Maeve Nolan – Clinical Psychologist –
National Rehabilitation Hospital: Winners of the Pure Pharmacy Hospital
Multidisciplinary Team Award 2019


Majella Sharkey – Surveillance Scientist, Grainne McHale – IFCN, Vilasini
Vikneswaramoorthy – Microbiology NCHD, Shomik Sibartie – Consultant
Microbiolgist, Niamh McEvoy – GSK ViiV (sponsor), Marie Ronan – AMS Pharmacist
and Rose Cafferkey – AMS Pharmacist, Winners of the GSK ViiV Infectious Diseases
Project of the Year 2019


St James’s Hospital, Aseptic Compounding Unit, Winners of the Accord Innovation
in Aseptic Compounding Award 2019


Graeme Petrie – Clinigen with Ciarán Muldowney – Chief II Pharmacist, Informatics
– St Vincent’s University Hospital, Winner of the Clinigen Group Hospital Pharmacist
of the Year Award 2019

St James’s Hospital Pharmacy Team, Winners of the Hospital Pharmacy Team of the
Year Award 2019


Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the Hospital Professional Awards 2019!

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