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Northern Ireland Healthcare Award winners 2021 revealed

Last Thursday (23 September), the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards returned for its 22nd year. After last year’s online event in response to COVID-19 restrictions, the region’s healthcare professionals were finally able to come together in person in Belfast.

Wed 29th September 2021 The PDA

The awards pay tribute to the positive impact those within the sector have on their patients and peers. The PDA was delighted to once again sponsor the Student Leadership category of the awards, which was won by Fatimah Khan a student at Ulster University.

Pharmacy Student Leadership Award winner, Fatimah Khan, Ulster University, with the PDA’s Alima Batchelor and Cathy Harrison, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland

Each year, the PDA sponsors the Student Leadership category in each of the Northern Ireland, Welsh and Scottish Pharmacy Awards. PDA representatives attend the awards ceremonies and present the award to the winner.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been working tirelessly to overcome the virus and to get people vaccinated. The awards night was the perfect opportunity to celebrate all of the hard work of these healthcare professionals from all sectors.

On the night there was an announcement of the 2021 Special Recognition Award honouree – which, for the first time, was dedicated to Northern Ireland’s entire healthcare community in tribute to their collaborative efforts, commitment and resilience in the face of unprecedented COVID-19 pressures.

The Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA, accepted the award on behalf of the sector and paid tribute to their contributions to patient care during this difficult time.

The full list of the other 2021 Northern Ireland award winners can be found below.


  • Managing Substance Dependency in the Community Award winner Dr Siobhan Flanagan and the Healthcare in Prison Clinical Addiction Team (South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Management of Psoriasis Award winner The Dermatology Hub, Ward 25, Ulster Hospital
  • Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award winner The IBD Nursing Team (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Innovation in Rheumatology Service Award winner Dr Annmarie McShane, Dr Aidan O’Neill and Dr Lynsey McKenna, Antrim Area Hospital
  • Improvements in Cardiac Services for Chest Pain Management Award winnerSr Kate Vernon Kelly and Dr Michael Connolly and Team (Southern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year Award winner The Specialist Services Team, Antrim Area Hospital (Northern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Diabetes Project of the Year Award winner The T1D Clinic (Southern Health & Social Care Trust)
  • Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year Award winner The Timoney Pharmacy Team, Lambeg
  • Asthma / COPD Project of the Year Award winner The Optimising Respiratory Services in the Setting of COVID-19 Team (Western Health & Social Care Trust)

All the winners will be featured in the forthcoming edition of Northern Ireland Healthcare Review, while the exclusive pictures can now be viewed online by visiting

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