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

Host, Noel Thompson and Chair of IHCP, Patricia Donnelly presenting the Team Spirit Award

Autonomy vs Safety?

Following on from the COPNI Home Truths report, providers of social care are expected to demonstrate a sound understanding of human rights and how they relate to service provision. This session follows on from the Human Rights Workshops IHCP hosted in November 2018.  Following discussion with members, the need was highlighted for a workshop dedicated to exploring the appropriateness of practices that have the impact of restricting movement and independence of service users.  Examples include the use of keypads to restrict access to parts of a care home, buzzer mats and bed rails.  IHCP is delighted that senior RQIA staff will be at the event.

Human Rights and Restrictive Practices:

Who should attend?

The session is best suited to senior decision makers in the social care sector. It will be of particular benefit to Managing Directors; Regional Managers; Registered Persons in Charge of Nursing or Residential Homes and providers of Domiciliary Services.

What will the session cover?

The training will be delivered by Dr. Nazia Latif, an expert in care and human rights. RQIA Director of Assurance, Theresa Nixon and Deputy Director of Assurance Dermot Parsons will also be speaking and available for questions and discussion.

The session will look at the human rights framework around restrictive practices in social care.  It will introduce how providers of care can use a human rights-based approach to balance their duty to promote the autonomy of service-users against the duty to safeguard them from harm.  The session will be heavily focused on participants working through a number of case studies using a human rights framework with feedback from the RQIA and Nazia Latif.

The session will cover

  • The human rights standards relating to restraint and restrictive practices
  • A human rights-based approach to making decisions with service users around the care they receive
  • The human rights principles and framework to decision-making and record-keeping
  • Detailed case studies to demonstrate the benefits of a human rights- based approach.
  • The RQIA’s approach to Inspections.

Further information

Please contact: Liz Marshall – email:

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