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Hilary Thompson, a stroke specialist nurse from Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland is the proud winner of the TF3 sponsored Royal College of Nursing Award for Transforming Care with Technology at the Nurse of the Year Awards.

2013 marks the seventeenth year of the awards, which are designed to recognise and reward excellence in the nursing profession. Hilary was presented with the award at a ceremony which took place at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on Thursday 6th June. Jacqueline Magee, long-term conditions case manager for Western Health and Social Care Trust, was runner-up in the awards. 

The Transforming Care with Technology Award rewards quality and excellence in the use of telemonitoring and telehealth to improve care for patients, and was open to all currently registered nurses and midwives working in Northern Ireland. Entrants were nominated by colleagues who submitted an application outlining how the candidate had contributed to:

  • Promoting person-centred care
  • Empowering patients and carers to assume new roles as partners with the health care team
  • Moving care from hospital to the community
  • Reducing hospital admissions
  • Improved patient safety
  • Free up time to be used for direct patient care

Entries were reviewed by a panel of judges and Hilary was recognised for her work to successfully incorporate remote telemonitoring into her practice in order to measure, monitor and manage stroke patients’ blood pressure and pulse to help prevent secondary strokes. Hilary works closely with hospital consultant, care agency and GP colleagues to deliver person-centred care and treatment in collaboration with the patient, their family and carers, mindful of the individual’s preferences. Hilary’s own audit of the service she provides has demonstrated significant improvements in patients’ health and wellbeing, and understanding of their own condition and how it can be managed. Hilary’s nominator commented: “Through the use of remote telemonitoring, Hilary can optimise her time, more effectively manage her workload and make better informed decisions based on timely and relevant clinical informJohn_Melarkey.Jacqueline_Magee.Janice_Smyth.jpgation”.

Runner-up Jacqueline Magee is one of the highest referrers to the Telemonitoring service, with over 370 patients having used the service.  Her nominator said: “Although the whole team continues to promote the telemonitoring service, Jacqueline deserves recognition outside the team for her proactive role, promoting the service and all the on-going support she has provided”.

Janice Smyth, Director of the RCN in Northern Ireland said: “The aim of the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards is to highlight the contribution that nurses make to patient care and the developments and innovations they are leading to improve it.”