Shortlist announced for the GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards 2018, in association with Affidea Ireland

General Practitioners and healthcare professionals to be honoured for innovation and progress.

GPBuddy.ie, the online resource for GPs in Ireland, today announced details of the shortlisted nominees for the third annual GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards, in association with Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging services. The winners will be announced by GP and television personality, Dr Pixie McKenna, at a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin on Friday 21st September.

Now in its third year, the annual GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards recognise excellence, innovation and collaboration amongst GPs, hospitals and healthcare professionals all over Ireland. This year, nominations were received from all over the country and across 11 categories, from both healthcare professionals and patients.

Dr Shane McKeogh of GPBuddy.ie says: “The quality of the nominations has truly been outstanding.  We are all familiar with the pressure the healthcare sector is under and in particular GPs who are the cornerstone of family healthcare. These Awards are about stopping and taking some time to appreciate the positive work that has been done to improve healthcare for patients, and the achievements of general practitioners and primary care teams in general across the country.”

Barry Downes, Country Manager at Affidea Ireland and a member of the judging panel, said:  “The high level of excellence in General Practice and the stories of GP care that go above and beyond the call of duty, as documented by the patients themselves, gets better every year. Congratulations to all of the hard working and dedicated leaders in their fields who were nominated, which is a testament in itself.”

The GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the dedication, commitment and innovation of the thousands of GPs delivering healthcare in communities throughout the country.  Hundreds of nominations were reviewed by the judging panel, which comprises experts from across the medical, healthcare, media and business sectors.

The Shortlisted Nominees for the GPBuddy.ie National GP Awards 2018 are:

  1. GP TRAINEE OF THE YEAR

This Award goes to a current GP Trainee who has made a significant contribution to General Practice and / or overcome adversity to excel in General Practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Niamh Murphy, RCSI Dublin North-East GP Training Scheme.
  • Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, UCD Dublin Mid-Leinster GP Training Scheme
  • Dr Ahmeda Ali, North-Eastern Regional GP Training Scheme.
  1. ESTABLISHING GP OF THE YEAR

This Awards goes to a GP in the early stages of his or her career who has demonstrated leadership and / or innovation in General Practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Kandan Loganathan, Hilltop Medical, Drogheda, Co Louth.
  • Dr Anna Foy and Dr Peter Kelly, Greystones Family Doctors, Greystones, Co Wicklow.
  • Dr Clodagh Buckley and Dr Michelle Quinlan, Cedarville Medical Centre, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.
  1. PRACTICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

This Award goes to a practice team member who has improved a practice’s performance and patient experience.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Barbara O’Brien, Blackrock Medical Clinic, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
  • Eileen Palmer, Buttevant Medical Practice, Buttevant, Co Cork.
  • Georgie Sliney McCormack, Calderwood Family Clinic, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
  1. PRACTICE NURSE OF THE YEAR

This Award goes to a Practice Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to his or her General Practice and / or Community.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Eilish O’Sullivan, Riverside Medical Centre, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15.
  • Triona Casey, Killarney Medical Centre, Killarney, Co Kerry.
  • Theresa Lowry-Lehnen, The Medical Centre at the Institute of Technology, Carlow.
  1. GP TRAINER OF THE YEAR

This Award goes to an inspirational GP who is recognised by their trainees as providing invaluable leadership and direction.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Mary Behan, Calderwood Medical Clinic, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
  • Dr Jack Keane, Seaholm Surgery, Skerries, Co Dublin.
  • Dr Martin Lane, Millbrook Medical Centre, Bandon, Co Cork.
  1. BEST GP AND HOSPITAL COLLABORATION

 This Award goes to a GP and Hospital initiative that has improved services, access and communication in primary care.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • GP Dermatology Top Ten, Dr Rosalind Hughes, Consultant Dermatologist and Dr Roisin Hambly, Specialist Registrar, Vincents University Hospital.
  • Primary and Secondary Care Collaboration for Bedwetting, Dr Nick van der Spek, Consultant Paediatrician, Cavan General Hospital.
  • Community Based Systematic Screening for Atrial Fibrillation in High Risk Cohorts, Prof Ronán Collins, Director of Stroke Services and Consultant Physician, Tallaght Hospital.
  1. INNOVATION IN PRACTICE

This Award goes to a practice that can demonstrate innovation in primary care at a practice, local or national level.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • The Medic’s Mic, Dr John Maher.
  • Safetynet Primary Care, Dr Cathy Cullen.
  • Snap GP, Dr Tommy Lynch.
  1. SAFETY IN PRACTICE

This Award goes to an initiative, project or audit that demonstrably improves patient or staff safety in practice.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke: ABCD of AF-Stroke Prevention in GP, Dr Diarmuid Quinlan.
  • Improving the Cardiometabolic Care of Patients with Schizophrenia, Dr Evelyn Lynn, Dr Barry Mahon and Dr Jim Collier.
  • Pertussis Vaccination in Pregnant Women, Dr Aoife Wrynn, Dr Donal Wallace and Dr Elaine Fallon.
  1. RURAL PRACTICE OF THE YEAR

This Award goes to a practice in a rural area that demonstrates excellence in patient care, for isolated patients in particular.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Louisburgh Medical Practice, Dr Patricia Henaghan.
  • Buttevant Medical Centre, Dr Michael Kennedy.
  1. PATIENTS’ CHOICE AWARD

This Award is voted for by patients.  It goes to a GP who is recognised by his or her patients as having a noteworthy positive impact on patient experience.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Rory Stewart, Creeslough Health Centre, Creeslough, Co Donegal.
  • Dr Lara Delaney, Beaumont Park Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9.
  • Dr Eileen O’Connor, Louisburgh Medical Practice, Louisburgh, Co Mayo.
  1. GP OF THE YEAR

This Award, nominated by GP peers, goes to a GP who embodies the highest principles of the profession and demonstrates leadership and excellence in patient care.

The shortlisted nominees for this category are:

  • Dr Annraoi Finnegan, Marina House Medical Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.
  • Dr John Latham, Latham Medical Practice, Thomas Court Primary Care Centre, Dublin 8.
  • Dr Cathy Cullen, Safetynet Primary Care, Catherine McCauley Centre, Dublin 7.

About GPBuddy.ie

GPBuddy.ie is the most widely used online resource for GPs in Ireland, comprising a comprehensive database of medical and healthcare professionals as well as educational modules, an ‘ask the expert’ section, a classifieds section and discussion forums. Over 2,700 GPs in Ireland use GPBuddy.ie on a regular basis.

About Affidea

Affidea entered the Irish market in 2007 through the acquisition of MRI Ireland. Since then, over ten locations have been added to the network in Ireland, with state-of-the-art centres opening in Waterford and Tallaght as part of a €15m investment in the Irish healthcare sector. Affidea, which employs approximately 300 people, is investing an additional €25m in Galway and Limerick. Affidea also offers additional services including minor injury treatment at its centres in Dublin and Cork, expanding to all clinics nationwide by 2020.

Affidea Group offers premium diagnostic imaging, cancer detection and cancer treatment services, with a focus on delivering prompt yet thorough diagnoses and high-quality treatments by working only with the latest technology and experienced medical professionals.

Over the years, Affidea has built a solid foundation in Private Public Partnerships. The company works closely with governments to provide essential diagnostic and cancer treatment services to populations across its ever-expanding European network. Affidea operates 235 diagnostic and cancer treatment centres in 17 countries across Europe. The company employs over 4,400 professionals, of which more than 1,000 are medical doctors.

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