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News from Ireland: Prestigious award for Kinsale Primary Care Team Ireland

MEMBERS of the Kinsale Primary Care Team (PCT) are the proud winners of the Irish Medical Times Irish Healthcare award for inter-professional educational meetings.

Last year Dr Tony Foley wrote to CAIPE describing the work of the thriving multidisciplinary Primary Care Team (PCT) in Kinsale, County Cork. Weekly meetings held since February 2011 have been well attended with enthusiastic participation by many team-members.  Speakers from three different disciplines contribute to each meeting.  Content to-date has included the primary care management of dementia, motor neurone disease and adolescent mental health. Following a year or so of weekly meetings Kinsale’s PCT decided to embrace the opportunity of designing and implementing on-going interprofessional education for the team.  

In December  the Kinsale PCT won  an Irish Medical Times Irish Healthcare Award for its IPE project, a first for a PCT.  The delighted team received their award at a ceremony held in Dublin. The team won in the category “Best education project; general practice/pharmacy” for a novel educational initiative that has promoted integrated patient care and enhanced teamwork.

The Irish Healthcare Awards recognise originality, excellence and innovation in healthcare in such areas as patient education, pharmaceutical innovation, healthcare collaboration and patient support. The award and the initiative are a first, nationally, for a PCT.

Gabrielle O’Keeffe, General Manager, HSE Cork said “Collaborative practice, focusing on patient-centred care, is flourishing in Kinsale as their primary care team strengthens and grows together. I congratulate the team on receiving this award, it is well deserved”. The award-winning Kinsale primary care team were Gretta Crowley, HSE; Dr Micheal Hynes; Dr Deirdre Long; Joanne Foley; Mary Sammon; Deirdre Cullen; Eileen Cronin HSE; Kay Lynch; Mags Creedon O'Shea; Marie Lovell; Kate Dunn; Dr Tony Foley and Jacqueline Tierney of Abbott.

The team has also hosted a conference with nurses and care-assistants from Kinsale Community Hospital and staff from local nursing homes to promote best primary care practice in dementia care. More than 100 people attended including students from Kinsale College of Further Education and UCC. For conference information click here