Doctor, foster carer and school caretaker on honours list

Dr Patricia McCaffrey pictured receiving an award from Sir Michael McBride.Dr Patricia McCaffrey pictured receiving an award from Sir Michael McBride.
Dr Patricia McCaffrey pictured receiving an award from Sir Michael McBride.
​A Consultant Geriatrician, a foster carer and a school caretaker are amongst those who have been named in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

Patricia Marion McCaffrey is a GMC registered geriatric consultant who has worked relentlessly to improve care in HSC in NI over a 44 year career. She has been honoured with an MBE for services to older people in Northern Ireland.

Currently the Southern Trust’s Divisional Medical Director for Older People, she is a national expert on stroke, frailty and hospital at home care having led several significant service developments locally and regionally in NI.

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She has led the development of innovative services which include Intermediate Care, Rapid Access, Neurovascular, Ortho-geriatric clinics and community stroke.

The Newry woman has led initiatives that have built a strong team environment, notably including the implementation of daily whiteboard meetings, leading initiatives to support staff in facilitating early discharge.

She has pioneered the development of the Trust Acute Care at Home Service and under her leadership since 2014, AC@H has treated in excess of 10,850 patients, preventing unnecessary admissions to hospitals.

AC@H was also instrumental in delivering to the Trust's older population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The service is recognised globally as best practice and Patricia was invited to present the model at the World Hospital at Home Congress in Madrid in 2019.

She has locally led on 11 research studies relating to frailty and stroke services and has had key involvement in numerous other works.

Other award winners include foster carer Isabella Rafferty, who receives an MBE, and Samuel Taylor, caretaker at Windsor Hill Primary School, who has been awarded a BEM for services to education and to the community in Newry.

James Joseph Campbell from Warrenpoint, who was lately Business Support Services Manager at the Northern Ireland Audit Office, has also been given an MBE for public service.

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