Nurse consultant who transformed patient experience honoured with Special Recognition Award

Noel McDonald, winner of the Special Recognition Award - Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

In the year 2000, Northern Ireland still had no dedicated inpatient forensic mental health service.

Instead, patients were sent to a high secure hospital in Scotland or other parts of the UK. Nurse consultant Noel McDonald witnessed the trauma caused to patients, family and staff as loved ones were transferred elsewhere.

Mr McDonald led the development of Belfast’s Shannon Clinic in 2005, an inpatient forensic service with a model of care based on user and carer involvement and a recovery focus, after working in a police station and the prison service.

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