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Health Service Excellence Awards West Showcase Event

On Tuesday 1st May 2018 in Sligo IT a special celebration event was held to acknowledge the excellent work that is taking place throughout both the acute hospital sector and the community health services throughout the border and western counties from Donegal to Galway. 

This includes community health services covered by Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Sligo, Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim and Monaghan).

Approximately 80 HSE staff attended the event, representing a total of 53 projects who submitted applications to the 2017 Health Service Excellence Awards.

Speaking at the event the HSE Assistant National Director for Human Resources Francis Rodgers stated “As awards Co-ordinator for HSE West I’m delighted to be here today to acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication of the staff involved in all of the 53 projects that were submitted to the national Health Excellence Awards from the West.’ 

He added ‘ We are proud to be hosting the awards showcase events here in Sligo IT and I wish to start today by congratulating all the projects who submitted their work particularly the  Galway Blood and Tissue Establishment (GBTE) at Galway University Hospital one won the popular Choice Award this year and who  have dedicated years of service to obtaining the Good Manufacturing Practice license to produce autologous and allogeneic serum eye drops.

Margaret Mc Nally, the Person in Charge at St Mary's Residential Centre, Castleblaney, County Monaghan was delighted to accept a Special Recognition award stating “On behalf of the residents, staff and myself we are delighted to receive this award in recognition of all the hard work carried out to achieve a unit that is Person Centred and recognised as having great attention to detail to ensure we meet the needs of our Older Persons from a Physical, Mental and Social aspect.

"I am honoured and proud as the Person In Charge of St. Mary's to have staff with expert talents in interior design, colour and quality which is evident throughout the Centre.  This is recognised and commented on by the numerous amount of visitors from near and far who have called to the centre.”

CHO 1 Project leads at Health Service Excellence Awards
Photo: James Connolly

Over 300 projects were submitted to the national awards from throughout the health services in Ireland, 11 innovative projects got through to the final shortlist after a rigorous selection process. These projects highlight how so many HSE staff are working to deliver better services with easier access and higher quality care for patients.

Frank Morrison, Head of Social Care, CHO 1 said, “Congratulations to all our staff throughout the five counties of CHO 1, who worked tirelessly on these projects.  Events such as these are important so that we can highlight the tremendous hard work, dedication and innovation of our staff who are working to deliver the best care possible to our patients.”

For further information on the Health Excellence awards including details of all the projects please visit