Healthcare workers can win €1,000

HEALTH care workers in Kilkenny have the opportunity to win a €1,000 research grant, following the call for entries to the annual Astellas Changing tomorrow awards 2012.

HEALTH care workers in Kilkenny have the opportunity to win a €1,000 research grant, following the call for entries to the annual Astellas Changing tomorrow awards 2012.

Now in their third year, the Astellas Changing tomorrow awards honour individuals or teams working in health who are striving to make a better future for their patients. By recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in Leadership; Commitment; Corporate Social Responsibility; Innovation and Hope, the awards aim to inspire excellence in patient care in Ireland.

Winners of each category will receive a trophy and a €1,000 education/research grant. The deadline for entries this year is 5pm, next Wednesday, October 24. To enter, simply go to www.changingtomorrowawards.ie.

The awards are open to all health workers, including doctors, nurses, support staff, medical researchers, scientists, and people working in patient advocacy groups, professional organisations and associations. Previous award winning projects include the Irish Heart Foundation for its ‘Saving lives and money through better stroke services’ campaign; Northgate Public Services/Cork University Maternity Hospital for its Newborn Hearing Screening Service and Beaumont Hospital for the ‘Home Haemodialysis Revived’ treatment programme.

A panel comprising key industry figures drawn from across the healthcare sector will judge the awards. Chairing the judging panel for the third year is Professor Luke Clancy, Director General, TobaccoFree Research Institute.

“I am delighted to chair the Astellas Changing tomorrow Awards again,” said Prof Clancy.

Last year saw some truly deserved projects which improved patient care get recognition and reward. “Acknowledgement and validation for this work is more important now than ever to sustain morale and encourage the initiation and continuance of patient focused projects.”

Full details on entering the awards (which can be either online or by entry form) are available on www.changingtomorrowawards.ie.