Forty-seven year old Sean Curran, a physiotherapist with the Newry and Mourne Community Stroke Team, received the Professional Excellence Award at the recent Northern Ireland Life After Stroke Awards. The gala event took place at the Hilton Templepatrick as part of Make May Purple - the annual campaign to raise awareness of stroke. The award ceremony was hosted by BBC presenter and Stroke Association patron Noel Thompson.
The Life After Stroke Awards celebrates the achievements of stroke survivors, carers, health professionals and volunteers throughout Northern Ireland.
Sean was nominated for the award by stroke specialist Dr Michael McCormick who describes Sean as his “go to” person to support local stroke survivors in need of expert rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Explaining why he nominated Sean, Dr McCormick said:
“Sean works within the community and his target is to encourage mobility and support patients to achieve their functional goals and independence. What’s impressed me about Sean is listening to some of the interventions he has provided. They are relevant to the needs of the patient and their local rehabilitation environment. Sean is innovative and always focuses on the best outcome for the patients as individuals. Sean is extremely professional and approachable. He has made a real difference to our patients. I think it’s really important to recognise the important contribution of community staff like Sean. He deserves this recognition for the work he has done for so many patients over the years”.
Stroke survivor Darryl Clarke is one of Sean’s patients. He had a stroke and has benefited from Sean’s expert support:
“Within one year with Sean he helped me get back walking, showering, using the toilet and fending for myself. It’s been unbelievable. The man [Sean] can work miracles. Sean is fantastic and he has helped me so much”.
Tom Richardson, Northern Ireland Director, Stroke Association said: “Congratulations to Sean Curran – an outstanding physiotherapist who has had an incredibly positive impact on stroke survivors and their families. By supporting patients to regain mobility, independence and confidence, Sean has helped stroke survivors to make the best recovery possible.Sean is passionate about ensuring patients receive the best possible care for their circumstances and is wholly dedicated to providing individualised therapy. He works incredibly hard and is a highly deserving winner of this year’s Professional Excellence Award”.
More than 100 nominations were received for the Life After Stroke Awards. 8 awards were presented at the event and included awards for volunteers, stroke health professionals and courageous stroke survivors.
Dr Michael McBride Chief Medical Officer added:
“The greatest resource our health service has is its skilled and dedicated staff. Sean’s commitment to his patients exemplifies the work that is carried on day after day outside the spotlight by our staff who make a difference to the lives of so many people and their families. I congratulate Sean on this outstanding achievement”.
Speaking after the awards Sean said said:
“I am very flattered to have received this award as I see my work as just one part of the wider multi-disciplinary approach from acute care to community care and through to support of the voluntary sector organisations like Stroke Association. I’m very pleased to receive this award”.
To find out more about Sean please watch this short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2yzYRnpBWM
The Stroke Association is a charity that is changing the world for people affected by stroke.They work with thousands of stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals, with scientists and researchers, and with supporters to conquer stroke. For more information visit www.stroke.org.uk
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A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk