HMI launches award for health managers

The Health Management Institute of Ireland is launching a major award for health managers this year.

HMI Leaders Award 2014
HMI Leaders Award 2014

The winner of The HMI Leaders’ Award 2014 will be announced at the HMI annual national conference in September.

It will acknowledge not only managers’ success but also their commitment in terms of effort and risk taking involved in healthcare projects.

The HMI said: “This discretionary effect reflects the choice which leaders make about the way they do their job. In the words of Calvin Colderidge, they are givers rather than receivers and they deserve to be recognised.

“Throughout our healthcare system, great changes are taking place.  The changes are being spearheaded by individuals and by teams who dare to be different. They are the leaders whose contributions take many forms including improved patient outcomes, enhanced service delivery and improved resource utilisation.”

There is no limit to the types of projects that are eligible to go forward and projects are not limited to clinical areas.  Examples would include service delivery enhancements, quality improvements and the application of new technologies.  The roll-out of a new care pathway, the response to a crisis and the introduction of lean health methodologies would be typical initiatives envisaged by the award. The award is being run with the support of the HMI’s regional committees.

The criteria which will guide the adjudicators include, not only the success of the initiative, but also the vision, engagement, commitment, risk and follow through.

All applications should be endorsed by a HMI member.

One winner from each of the four regions will be selected to go forward to the national adjudication panel.

The national Adjudication Committee which is drawn from inside and outside the health services will be chaired by Geraldine Regan, Vice President of the Institute.  She says the Committee will be looking at leadership at all levels of the services. “This Award is a brilliant opportunity for senior managers to nominate people or teams who are going the extra mile. It’s coming at a time when healthcare managers have to raise the game in terms quality and productivity. We need teams who have a vision, can engage others and don’t stop till they reach the finishing line.”

The Award will be formally launched in March 2014.  Further details and application forms will be available on the HMI website following the launch. The closing date for receipt of nominations will be June 30 2014. Nominations will refer to projects relating to the preceding twelve months.

The overall winner will be announced at the HMI’s Annual Conference which will be held in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington Road (formerly the Burlington Hotel) on Tuesday September 23, 2014.