Four Season’s Success at the British Journal of Nursing Awards, London.


Dear All


I would like to inform you of our recent success at the British Journal of Nursing Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 in London.


Alana Irvine was named as the Nutritional Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards on Friday 10th March 2017.  Alana won the award after colleagues nominated her for her leading role in the partnership work with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (in Northern Ireland) on choking, dysphagia and speech and language assessments. Alana wanted to ensure that all of the nurses, care assistants and support staff working within her care homes were aware of speech and language recommendations for each individual resident.

This drive in quality improvement resulted in the displaying of choking risk cards for visitors and visual cues for staff in dining rooms and tea trollies. This piece of work also helped improve written and verbal communication processes between the multidisciplinary team, the care teams and the catering staff through face-to-face learning and practice development. The outcomes of this initiative led to statistically significant reductions in episodes of choking and associated weight-loss.

Structured observational meal-time experience audits have also shown marked improvement.


Gary Cousins was named as the runner-up in the category of Infection Control and Prevention Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards on Friday 10th March 2017.  Gary, who won the award in 2016, was runner-up after colleagues nominated him for his pivotal role in the development and implementation of FSHC’s regional & national work on flu.  In addition, Gary’s expertise has been showcased outside of FSHC as he has been an invited conference speaker and published articles in nursing journals.  His leading role within FSHC’s flu programme has seen significant improvements in the uptake of staff vaccinations, both in the UK & Northern Ireland.

Gary has also led workshops on flu prevention with national colleagues throughout the mainland.  Gary’s successes in 2016 & 2017 at these national awards are an indicator of his sustained commitment, leadership and innovation within the field.


Four Seasons Health Care have also been short listed in the UK Flu Fighter Awards, which take place on 27th March 2017.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners from our N. Ireland Independent Care Awards evening which took place on Thursday 17th October at the Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast.

A wonderful night was had by all.  Please find below the list of finalists and winners:

Flourishing Award

Harry Reid, Hutchinson Care Homes- Winner

Marie McCartney, Macklin Group – Highly Commended

Dr. Fred Wright, Belfast Central Mission – Highly Commended

Backbone Award

Lucy McCreery, Domestic Care Group - Joint Winner

Gillian Masson, Healthcare Ireland Group -Joint Winner

Lisa Steele, Hutchinson Care Homes

Andrew McQuillen, Belfast Central Mission

Care Team – Residential Housing with Care Award

Strand Residential Unit, Priory Group - Winner

Aaron House , Presbyterian Church in Ireland/Council for Social Witness

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare

Rosevale Lodge, Four Seasons Healthcare

Nursing Award

Laura Campbell, Macklin Group - Winner

Josette Fernandez, Four Seasons Healthcare

Brenda Service, Wilson Group

Care Team – Nursing Home Award

Larne Care Centre, Wilson Group - Winner

Nursing Care Team, Castleview Private Nursing Home

Domnall Intermediate Care, Four Seasons Healthcare

Specialist Practice Award

Laura Ferguson, Four Seasons Healthcare - Winner

Laura Paterson Spa Nursing Homes Ltd

Mary Stevenson, Healthcare Ireland Group

Care Team – Domiciliary and Care at Home Award

Newtownabbey Team, Homecare Independent Living - Winner

Ards Peninsula Locality Support Team, Optimum Care

Rapid Response Team, Connected Health Ltd

Innovation Award

Ryan Williams, Connected Health Ltd - Winner

Recovery Star Model, Four Seasons Healthcare

Jacqui Corscadden, Age N.I.

Leadership Award

Kathie Stevenson, Beechvale Nursing Home - Winner

Kayleigh Hunniford, Priory Adult Care

Louise McConville, Radius Housing Association


Team Spirit Award

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare - Winner