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Partnership and Co-Production SET

30 June 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 Partnership/Co-Production Category teams demonstrated transformation of services by working in partnership with service users, carers and families and working between health and social care and the third sector 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 category winner, the ‘Wellness Recovery Network’ in the South Eastern Trust.


 The main focus of the Wellness Recovery Network (WRN) during this project was to measure the success of this peer led transformational strengths based group. The Network has worked with community sectors in establishing a ‘singing for health’ group and has established a monthly peer support group meetings in the Ards area.

Main goals for the team were to extend the group into the other areas of the Trust and to create more opportunities for people with lived experience to get involved in work on quality improvement.  Covid-19 posed several challenges for the team in meeting their objective of extension across the South Eastern Trust. However the network adapted by providing support and social Zoom meetings, so that service users could stay contacted, along with 60 daily wellness tools at the start of lockdown to encourage people to continue working on their wellbeing.

Commenting on receiving the award, project lead Angela O’Hara said, “The Wellness Recovery Network (WRN) is absolutely delighted to have recently won the HSCQI award for co-production and partnership working. This award would not have been possible without the support and hard work of our volunteers, staff, partners and the people who access our service, we are deeply grateful and excited for the future of the Network.”

The Wellness Recovery Network 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 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.”

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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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