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Innovation Transformation in Care BHSCT

5 July 2021

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.

In the Innovation Transformation in Care category, teams used innovation and evidence based practice and involved service users and carers in their QI projects, not to mention their passion for QI which was evident throughout. HSCQI is delighted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of joint category winner, Covid-19 ICU follow up Clinic in Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.


The COVID-ICU team in Belfast HSC Trust established a follow up service for patients to enhance the physical and psychological recovery of this patient cohort. A multidisciplinary team including intensive care medicine, physiotherapy, clinical psychology, pharmacy, speech and language therapy, and dietetics was established.

Dr Rosalind O’Reilly, project lead, commented on receiving the award: “Our team are absolutely delighted to have won this reward and for the recognition of how important our clinic is to our patients. We look forward now to making this a much needed permanent service and continuing to improve the patient journey and experience.” The team’s enthusiasm for Quality Improvement was evident throughout their QI Project which took place at the most unprecedented of times.

The Covid-19 ICU follow up Clinic team showcased their project at the virtual ceremony. The presentation was highly informative and captured the hard work and dedication of the team.  The presentation is now available for your viewing via

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

“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.”

Show your support and help celebrate the excellent QI work unfolding throughout the HSCNI by sharing the video with your organisation colleagues and on Twitter, tagging @HSCQI.

Further details on the awards and other QI information can be found on the HSCQI website. Quality Improvement & Innovation – Sharing best practice across Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland (

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