2-3-2010 | Two epilepsy projects shortlisted for NAI Innovation Award

02 March 2010
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Brainwave is delighted to report that two epilepsy projects have been shortlisted for the inaugural Neurological Alliance of Ireland Innovation Award which will be presented next Wednesday during Brain Awareness Week 2010.

The Innovation Award is a new initiative aimed at highlighting and recognising the pioneering work being done by hospitals, charities and other healthcare professionals in providing services to over 700,000 people in Ireland affected by neurological conditions. Almost 30 applications were received.

The Beaumont Hospital Epilepsy Programme has been shortlisted for its innovative solution to the problem of keeping track of all the information relating to the ongoing treatment of patients with epilepsy. Through the development of an electronic patient record, many aspects of patient care are improved, allowing rapid access to information about their needs and enhanced communication among hospital staff. There's more information on the EPR here.

The Epilepsy Service in St James's Hospital has been shortlisted for transforming epilepsy services in their catchment area by developing a programme aimed at reducing admissions and length of stay and improving access to services for people with epilepsy. Their care pathway from prevention and managed primary care all the way to specialist intervention can act as a template for the transformation of epilepsy services nationally.

Two other neurological projects are shortlisted. The Headway Bridging Programme facilitates people with acquired brain injuries to develop the skills and strategies to access mainstream work or training. Meanwhile, www.try-it.ie provides a novel and cost effective way of enabling people with neurological conditions to try out state of the art technologies through an on-line library.

The winner will be announced at a special one day conference in Dublin called looking at the future of our neurological services in Ireland. The winning entry will receive a €2,000 grant to help continue and develop their existing work. Enda Connolly, CEO of the Health Research Board will present the award.

For more information on this conference or to book a place, click here

The NAI innovation award is sponsored by Medtronic Ireland.

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