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Improvement Awards 2020

The HSCQI Awards are an opportunity to showcase, regionally, your achievements in the field of quality improvement.  The response to the HSCQI Awards from teams throughout the HSC Trust in Northern Ireland was outstanding.

HSCQI congratulated all the teams who were shortlisted and announced the winners of the prestigious HSCQI Quality Improvement Awards 2020 in a virtual celebration event held on 24 June. The celebration went brilliantly and was a much needed reminder of the fantastic work of colleagues even during the most unprecedented of times.

Dr Aideen Keaney, Director of HCSQI who recently had the opportunity to meet with the award winning teams commented:

“The response to the HSCQI Awards has been outstanding. Applications were received from across many parts of our Health and Social Care system. The judging panel commended the high standard of entry from each of the shortlisted teams, who had described the improvement initiatives that they had led on, some even doing so during the Covid-19 pandemic. The improvement awards recognise the dedication and passion of all of the teams and demonstrate how using a quality improvement (QI) approach to these initiatives has resulted in improvements in patient care. Many of the shortlisted teams were able to evidence these improvements with data and measures.

These improvement initiatives also illustrate how staff from across our Health and Social Care system, are now applying their QI expertise to their work and that this is occurring across many parts of the system. I want to thank everyone who entered. All the finalists and all the category winners deserve our collective congratulations for the success of their improvement initiatives.”

Congratulations once more to all finalists and winners. Please see below for the Quality Improvement Award 2020 winners and shortlist:

Integrating Care across Boundaries:

WINNER: (BHSCT) NEMO Delayed Discharge Process

FINALIST: (SEHSCT) Reducing Out of Hours Stroke DTN Times at the Ulster Hospital

FINALIST: (BHSCT) Nursing Home Dysphagia Service Redesign

Innovation/Transformation in care

JOINT WINNERS: (BHSCT)  Covid-19 ICU follow up clinic & (SEHSCT) Ambulatory Services

FINALIST: (NHSCT)Temporal Artery Biopsy

FINALIST: (NHSCT) Care Without Pyjamas

FINALIST: (SHSCT) A reformed OPAT service in the Southern HSC Trust

Partnership Working /Co-production

WINNER: (SEHSCT) Wellness Recovery Network

FINALIST: (BHSCT) The right care at the right time

FINALIST: (NHSCT) Emergency Surgical Unit, Antrim Hospital

FINALIST:  (BHSCT) Covid-19 Pandemic Planning in Regional Virology Laboratory

Building Reliable Care

WINNER:  (NHSCT) Acute Medical Model

FINALIST:  (SEHSCT) Enhanced Care At Home Prescribing across Primary & Secondary care interface

FINALIST:  (BHSCT) Minimum Acceptance Criteria

FINALIST:  (HSCB) Reforming Rapid Angina Assessment Clinic Services

Click here to watch the full Awards Ceremony now

Please follow @HSCQI on Twitter also to keep connected with QI activity across the region.

The 5 category awards, each linked to projects advancing quality improvement are:



Building Reliable Care NHSCT – click here

Innovation Transformation in Care SET –click here


Integrating Care across boundaries BHSCT – click here

Partnership and Co-Production SET  – click here


Innovation Transformation in Care BHSCT  – click here

Click below to learn more about our 2019 Improvement Award celebrations and winners:


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