A Fermanagh Occupational Therapist from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has received The Brain Charity Outstanding Healthcare Professional Award for 2021.

Carmel Greene, originally from Lisnaskea, was nominated for the award by Kathleen O’Brien and her daughter, Grainne.

“As an Occupational Therapist in our local Community Brain Injury Service, Carmel has been our go-to during a difficult and scary time,” Grainne said.

“She has given not only my mother, but our family help, support and advice throughout her recovery. Nothing is ever a bother.

“She is the most helpful person and directs us in all aspects of mum’s recovery, including therapy, helping with equipment at home, and medical jargon.

“This is what we needed when we were thrown into this whirlwind and didn’t know what to do. Mum is now nearly two years post-brain injury, and is coming on tremendously, and it’s all down to Carmel.

“She is an absolute legend in our eyes, and all her work day in, day out with all her clients should be recognised,” added Grainne.

Speaking after receiving her award, Carmel said: “It was such a shock to receive confirmation I had won The Brain Charity Outstanding Healthcare Professional award.

“I feel very privileged that Kathleen and her daughter took the time to complete the nomination, so my sincere thanks to them both.

“Thank you also to The Brain Charity for choosing me. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the awards ceremony in Liverpool, but I received the beautiful trophy via courier.”

She added: “Provision of an Occupational Therapy service has been challenging over the past couple of years, regularly adapting to demand and delivery with Covid-19 restrictions, so it was really uplifting to receive this award.

“I am also very grateful to work within a great multi-disciplinary team. Their support has been invaluable and has contributed towards enhancing a client and their familys’ brain injury journey.”

Dr. Shane McCarney, Consultant Neuropsychologist and Lead Clinician of the Community Brain Injury Service, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Carmel to have been recognised for this award, and the fact it comes directly from the nomination by a client’s family member makes it all the more satisfying.

“The role of Occupational Therapy in rehabilitation, post-acquired brain injury, cannot be overstated and we in the Community Brain Injury Service are pleased to have Carmel deliver this role in the Northern Sector of the Western Trust.

“Carmel has involvement across the full assessment and intervention processes, with valuable input to functional and vocational rehabilitation efforts at home, in the client’s local community, and in educational and work settings.

“She is a most deserving recipient of the Brain Charity Outstanding Healthcare Professional award, and we are rightfully proud of her achievement.”

The Brain Charity is a UK charity with a head office in Liverpool, and provides practical and emotional support for anyone with a neurological condition, as well as family, friends and carers.