The Ann Beckett Award committee would like to announce that Noreen Barry, Niamh McCormack, and Irma O’Keeffe are the 2021 winners of the Ann Beckett Award with their project: “Our Space, Our Skillset”
The Ann Beckett Award committee would like to announce that
Noreen Barry, Niamh McCormack, and Irma O’Keeffe are the 2021 winners of the Ann Beckett Award with their project:
“Our Space, Our Skillset”
Noreen, Niamh, and Irma, as part of the Rehab and Recovery OT Department, set up a private online platform through Facebook. This allowed them to share content with service users in all Rehab locations throughout Carlow and Kilkenny during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, a business case was presented to the HSE IT department to purchase mobile devices as well as fitting smart televisions in all the residential units. They secured the finances, bought the resources, and provided in-service training to other staff in the service on how to connect the platform on their devices and TVs. This was successful and the Facebook platform was established.
During this difficult time of isolation due to country-wide lockdown, clients remained connected with the service. The platform gave the clients the opportunity to share their own skills and knowledge with each other, no matter of age, gender or physical location. Here was a platform where the service user is in control, is the expert and is the one showing others how to get something done and succeed.
The project is strength based and recovery focused by its very nature, allowing service users to exploit their own passions and educate those around them.
Having developed the Rehab and Recovery private group on Facebook, they developed a service that can continue to be provided regardless of lockdown levels or Covid-19 restrictions. They succeeded in developing their service within these adverse conditions and have an active focused rehab programme to offer their service users.
Noreen, Niamh, and Irma work in the HSE Tuiscint Day Services, St. Canices, Kilkenny. They showed inspiring resilience and creativity to succeed in providing this service during the very difficult working and living conditions of the Covid-19 environment.
This is an excellent project and a worthy winner of the Ann Beckett Award 2021.
The Ann Beckett Award will be presented to Noreen, Niamh, and Irma at the AOTI AGM.
The Ann Beckett Award Committee would like to thank all the other applicants for their excellent projects.
The Ann Beckett Award is kindly supported by O’Neill Healthcare.