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Belfast Trust clinical scientist wins major award for implementing a fast-response heart attack service

A consultant clinical scientist from Belfast HSC Trust is the winner of the The Belfast HSC Trust Science driving innovation in healthcare delivery awards, part of the Advancing Healthcare awards programme in Northern Ireland. Gareth McKeeman, consultant clinical scientist, Belfast HSC Trust, won the award for his project which introduced a one-hour rapid assessment of patients presenting with chest pain, some of whom may require urgent care. The project allowed patients to be referred more quickly for appropriate treatment and there were no deaths after three months.

The judges thought this was a well-researched project which had a lot of impact on healthcare delivery. They praised Gareth for his very passionate approach.

Gareth received his award from Professor Ian Young, DoH chief scientific officer at the celebratory dinner at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday 18 October 2017, hosted by BBC presenter Jo Scott. This awards programme was instigated by the Department of Health with the aim of encouraging innovation, team working, new ways of delivering care and the highest standards of practice.

Nearly 60 entries from AHPs and healthcare scientists from all over Northern Ireland were received. . Hazel Winning, AHP Lead Officer, Department of Health comments: ‘This year’s awards programme has shown so effectively how AHPs and healthcare scientists are contributing to improving patient care and to delivering quality services that our population in Northern Ireland deserve.’

Along with the Department of Health, the awards supporters include the Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care Board, the HCS Leadership Centre, Macmillan, Seating Matters, Belfast HSC Trust, Ulster University and many of the professional organisations.

This awards programme for Northern Ireland is organised by Chamberlain Dunn, the creators of the UK-wide Advancing Healthcare awards for allied health professionals and healthcare scientists.

For further information, go to www.advancinghealthcareni.co.uk

Or call Alison Dunn on 020 8334 4500;

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