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Finalists for MCHPA Awards 2010 announced

Friday, 15 October 2010

The finalists for the third annual Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards have been announced.

In total 27 teams, individuals and projects throughout the UK health and social care that care for Britain’s armed forces and veterans have been short-listed across nine categories.

Michael McGimpsey, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland, this year’s host Department, said: “I welcome these Awards, and the finalists, to Belfast City. I have been greatly impressed at the quality and range of this year’s entries and in particular those outstanding candidates who have made it through to the finals.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the very best in health and social care provided to our military personnel, their families and service veterans. Many of them provide insight into the truly exceptional commitment given to saving life on operational deployment.

“But I have also been impressed by the tremendous breadth of services which go to provide such world-class support to our Armed Forces and their families. Among our 27 finalists we have the health service, military and civilian, both primary and secondary care, academia and the private sector all represented, in true Partnership fashion.

“I look forward to welcoming all these exceptional people to Belfast City Hall on 25 November and congratulating them in person.”

Among the nominees are:

  • Major Russ Parkes, Training Major with 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital (Volunteers), who ‘double-jobbed’ to oversee the transition of the Duke of Connaught Unit at Musgrave Park hospital from a military hospital to a highly successful Military Patient Administration Cell (MPAC).
  • Ms Tania Dolley, a Counselling Psychologist from the South Powys Trauma Service, which provides therapy for veterans with PTSD living in the area.
  • Corporal Matthew Olsson, a Special Operations Paramedic with Edinburgh’s Scottish Ambulance Service and reservist with RAF MERT, who treated and transported patients with critical life-threatening injuries from the point of injury to Role 3 Hospital at Camp Bastion during Operation Herrick 11B/12A.
  • Military Operational Surgical Training (MOST), provided through the Academic Department of Military Surgery & Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the Education Department of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which provides trauma team surgical skills training based on current operational procedures on deployment.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

INNOVATION AND SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

  • Territorial Army Occupational Health Service (N England, Scotland, N Ireland) 2 Division TA Occupational Health / OHSAS
  • Management of Out of Hours Treatment in BFG - Primary Care British Forces Germany Health Service and SSAFA Forces Help
  • Reorganisation of Military Secondary Healthcare in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Military Patient Administration Cell (MPAC), SO2 Med, 38 (Irish) Brigade

EDUCATION AND TRAINING AWARD

  • · Trauma Inoculation Programmes (TIPs). RAF Lossiemouth Station Medical Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Training Military Medical Force Elements for Operational Deployment. Army Medical Services Training Centre (AMSTC), Towthorpe Lines, York
  • Military Operational Surgical Training (MOST). Academic Department of Military Surgery & Trauma, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and the Education Department of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

HEALTH IMPROVEMENT AND PROMOTION AWARD

  • RAF Lincolnshire Supported Stop Smoking Network, PHOENIX Stop Smoking Service, Lincolnshire NHS Community Health Services
  • Health Improvement with Parenting & Family Support at Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland.Midlothian Community Health Partnership
  • South West Armed Forces Forum NHS South West / NHS Devon

MENTAL HEALTH AWARD

  • Thistle Foundation Lifestyle Management Course for Veterans Thistle Foundation, Edinburgh
  • Mental Health Inpatient Services Joint Medical Command and NHS MOD Inpatient Network, led by South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cornwall Countywide Community Veterans’ Mental Health Service, Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust

HEALTHCARE RESERVIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Captain Rachel Govier Nursing Officer B & P, 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital, Cardiff
  • Corporal Matthew Olsson – for Operation Herrick 11B/12A RAF Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair MacMillan MBChB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg) 205 (Scottish) Field Hospital (Volunteers), Glasgow

HEALTHCARE REGULAR OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Major Russ Parkes 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital (Volunteers)
  • Captain Maureen Coshall SO3 Health (South Region), Army Primary Health Care Services (South)
  • Lieutenant Colonel David J Vassallo FRCSEd Consultant General Surgeon, 33 Field Hospital, Gosport

HEALTHCARE CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Mr Douglas Stewart - Reading Young Offenders Institute and Rehabilitation Centre Inreach Team Manager, Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust - Mental Health Screening Tool for prisons
  • Dr Sara Reid - Holywood Station Medical Officer and CMP for 19 Combat Service Support Battalion
  • Ms Tania Dolley - Counselling Psychologist, South Powys Trauma Service

CARE OF VETERANS AWARD

  • State of the Art Prosthetics - NHS Lothian SMART Centre, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh
  • Thistle Foundation Lifestyle Management Course for Veterans Thistle Foundation, Edinburgh
  • Providing Quality of Life in Residential Care to Veterans Erskine Care Homes, Bishopton, Renfrewshire

DEPLOYED HEALTHCARE AWARD

  • Captain Oliver Hawksley - Regimental Medical Officer, Battle Group North West
  • Corporal Matthew Olsson - Operation Herrick 11B/12A - RAF Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
  • Trauma Inoculation Programmes (TIPs) - RAF Lossiemouth Station Medical Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Outright winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall on November 25, 2010. The Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2010 are hosted this year by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the English Department of Health, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Notes to editors:

1. The third annual Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2010 are scheduled to take place in Northern Ireland on 25 November 2010 at Belfast City Hall. The competition took place on-line over the summer. The awards scheme is a joint venture between the MOD, Department of Health, the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

2. The Awards are open to military or civilian members of the Defence Medical Services, NHS or independent sector health or social care workers who, either on an individual or team basis, have benefited the care of a member(s) of the Armed Forces, at home or on deployment overseas, their families or service veterans.

3. The nine categories are:

  • Innovation in Service Development Award
  • Education and Training Award
  • Health Improvement and Promotion Award
  • Mental Health Award
  • Healthcare Reservist of the Year
  • Healthcare Regular of the Year
  • Healthcare Civilian of the Year
  • Care of Veterans Award
  • Deployed Healthcare Award

4. Further information on the Health Partnership Awards can be found online, or at 028 9076 5602.

5. Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0579. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number on 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.