A total of 149 individual and team healthcare projects from all over Ireland have been entered for the first ever HMI Leaders Award.
Health Minister, Dr. Leo Varadkar will present the HMI Leaders Award 2014 to the overall winner at a ceremony in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin following the HMI National Conference on Tuesday, September 23.
HMI President, Derek Greene said the HMI was delighted with the number, diversity and innovative nature of the applications.
“The award is for projects which improve patient outcomes and experience, including 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,” he said
“Throughout our healthcare system, great changes are taking place. These 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.
“The HMI Leaders Award 2014 will acknowledge not only the success but also the commitment in terms of effort and risk taking involved. This reflects the choice which leaders make about the way they do their job. In the words of Calvin Coolidge, they are givers rather than receivers and they deserve to be recognised. We also believe that the award will help to motivate others and encourage the sharing of good practice.”
The projects submitted cover a very wide range of acute, community and mental health services across the statutory voluntary and private health sectors.
Adjudication panels in each of the HMI Regions (Dublin North East, Dublin Mid Leinster, the South and the West) are currently short listing applications. Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to make a presentation to the regional adjudication panel and following these a number of finalists will go forward to the national adjudication panel. The number chosen from each region will reflect the volume of applications received from that region.
Finalists will make a presentation to the national adjudication panel on September 15. Final adjudication will take place shortly after. The national adjudication panel is chaired by Eamonn Fitzgerald, HMI Council member and CEO of the Hermitage Medical Clinic and the other members are Dr. Philip Crowley, HSE National Director Quality and Patient Safety, Eileen Dunne, broadcaster and member of the Board of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Fairview, Dublin and Ian Maguire, HR Director, St. Michael’s Hospital, Dublin which is part of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group.
The HMI award is sponsored by GSK.