Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey last night hosted an awards ceremony recognising outstanding achievements of military and civilian personnel in the health and care of the Armed Forces.
The awards celebrate world-class services in the field of medicine and social care to serving and ex-service personnel. They highlight partnership working between Defence Medical Services and civilian UK health and care providers.
Among the guests at Belfast City Hall were Andrew Lansley MP, the Secretary of State for Health in England , Paul Williams, CEO of NHS Wales, and the Surgeon General of the British Armed Forces, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli.
Mr McGimpsey said: "I am honoured to host this ceremony in Belfast and to pay tribute to the exceptional achievements of the health and social care professionals who work so diligently in the care and treatment of our military personnel, both at home and abroad, their families and service veterans.
"All too often their exceptional, at times life threatening, work is unrecognised. These awards give a rare and humbling glimpse into the dedication they show on a daily basis.
"All those who have received awards and commendations may be justly proud of the vital work that they do."
Winners at the third annual Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards included civilian and military personnel from across the UK and overseas.
Andrew Lansley said:
"The Armed Forces risk so much while on active service for our country. It is only right that the NHS and our healthcare partners work together to deliver a first class medical and social care service for veterans and services communities across the country.
"I want to congratulate all the winners - these awards recognise their dedication and the fantastic work they do everyday, whether deployed on operations or at home."
Surgeon General, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli:
The medical personnel who serve our Armed Forces share the same dangers as those they support on the frontline. I am proud that these awards give them together with the military medical personnel working in hospitals and elsewhere in the healthcare system, the recognition that they rightly deserve. I work with a dedicated team who are constantly pioneering life-saving medical advances, which mean that those injured in service to their country receive the very best care available.
Working closely with our partners in the NHS we are constantly improving the care that we provide and the awards are a reflection of the highest levels of clinical excellence that support our Armed Forces. They deserve nothing less.
The Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards 2010 are hosted by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland - one member of a partnership comprising the Ministry of Defence and the four UK Health Departments.
The winners in the nine categories of Awards were:
Innovation and Service Development: Out of Hours Treatment in British Forces Germany
Education and Training: Military Operational Surgical Training - MOST
Health Improvement and Promotion: RAF Lincolnshire and Phoenix Stop Smoking Network
Mental Health: Mental Health Inpatient Services
Healthcare Reservist of the Year: Lieutenant Colonel Alisdair MacMillan
Healthcare Regular of the Year: Major Russ Parkes
Healthcare Civilian of the Year: Dr Sara Reid
Care of Veterans: State of the Art Prosthetics
Deployed Healthcare: TIPs (Trauma Inoculation Programmes)
Notes to editors
1. The awards are open to military or civilian members of the Defence Medical Services, NHS or independent sector health or social care professionals who, either on an individual or team basis, have benefited the care of a member(s) of the Armed Forces, including veterans or their families.
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