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.

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.”

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.

HSCQI will continue to highlight the award winning entries throughout HSC over the next few months to help encourage learning and the spread of the quality improvement initiatives.  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 (


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