Irish Healthcare Awards 2010

The PHECC nationwide Citizen CPR campaign won a commendation award at the Irish Health Care Awards 2010 in the best public health initiative category. Citizen CPR was pipped at the post by the Irish Examiner initiative. The Examiner project consisted of a twopart supplement on suicide which was published last year, the aim of which was to put a human face on a national crisis. This initiative was also awarded the best overall prize ‘An Duais Mhór’ for 2010, so PHECC was runner up to the best!

L->R Deirdre Borland, Dara Gantly, Tom Mooney, Cathal O’Donnell, Valery Small

The long-established Irish Healthcare Awards are Ireland’s premier awards in the area of health and medicine. They are run on an annual basis by the Irish Medical Times. The awards recognise originality, healthcare excellence and innovation in such areas as patient education, pharmaceutical innovation, healthcare collaboration and patient support. Entries come from individuals and institutions in acute and primary care, public health, the private sector and other sectors who have an interest in healthcare.

PHECC’s Citizen CPR campaign, which was launched in June of this year and ran nationwide during the summer months,, was nominated in the Best Public Health Initiative category. Other nominees in the category included the Irish Examiner for their Suicide and Ireland campaign; the Department of Community Medicine, Paublic Health Nursing, HSE South PCCC and Cork University Maternity Hospital for the ‘Introduction of a Neonatal BCG vaccination programme in Cork University Maternity Hospital’; and the South Dublin County Sports Partnership for the ‘Link 2B Active’ initiative. 

Mr Dara Gantly, Editor, Irish Medical Times, organisers of the Irish Healthcare Awards, said: “The gala event is now in its ninth year, and this year’s awards are the most successful yet, with more entries and a wider selection of groups, organisations and companies represented than ever before, from both the public and private sector. The excellent calibre of winners and highly commended projects reflects the high standard of work carried out in the health service and in the healthcare industry.”

Mr Tom Mooney, PHECC Chair, commenting on PHECC’s award said that ‘This is a great honour for us and we are delighted with the commendation the campaign has received. It not only recognises the importance of the campaign and it’s aims but it also recognises the hard work and dedication of the PHECC team who worked diligently on the campaign. As a small organisation providing a nation-wide service, we are honoured to have this special public awareness initiative recognised among our peers.