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18 May 2018

Geriatrician specialist chosen to represent Kent in NHS birthday awards

Congratulations to Consultant Community Geriatrician Dr Shelagh O’Riordan who is the winner for south east England in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

Dr O’Riordan, who works for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, won the south-east person-centred care champion award category after being nominated by MP for Faversham and Mid-Kent Helen Whatley.

The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards asked MPs to find and nominate individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies.

Helen Whatley’s nomination stated “Shelagh has championed multi-disciplinary team working and inspired others to work in a more integrated way for the benefit of patients. Her work is clearly having an impact with reductions in the amount of time people are spending in hospital”.

Dr O’Riordan works closely with Dr Gwenno Batty and the pair have been supportive of the national 70-day End PJ Paralysis campaign which aims to get one million days of patients being up, dressed and mobilised across the country. The two doctors even went to work in the pyjamas to publicise the campaign.

Lesley Strong, Adult Services Director for KCHFT said: “Congratulations to Dr O’Riordan for being chosen from hundreds of other healthcare professionals in this category.

“Dr O’Riordan is a champion of our Home First programme because she is passionate about getting patients home faster – she understands how much quicker they recover at home.

“She is also a champion of the national End PJ Paralysis campaign and has supported Faversham Cottage Hospital with its clothes bank appeal. We are extremely proud of her work and her win. Well done from everyone at KCHFT.”

Dr O’Riordan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this nomination for this NHS70 award, especially as it is in the category of person-centred care. Anything I have achieved since I started this new role has been because I have worked with amazing teams, both in Faversham Cottage Hospital and with our new Community Frailty Team.

“I am determined to continue trying to improve the services we provide to frail older people in East Kent, putting the patients at the centre of any plan we make.”

Dr O’Riordan is invited to the national awards ceremony, on Wednesday, 4 July, the day before the official NHS’s 70th birthday.

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