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Southern Trust’s Claire wins UK’s only Lifetime Achievement Award

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Head of Information Governance, Claire Graham has been recognised by the Information and Records Management Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Claire was the only person from across the UK to receive the prestigious title and the only representative from Northern Ireland recognised across all of the Award categories at the recent Annual Information and Records Management Conference held in the Celtic Manor, Wales.

Congratulating Claire on her award, Siobhan Hanna, the Southern Trust’s Assistant Director of Informatics who nominated her said: “As a health and social care provider, our information and records are one of our most valued corporate assets.

IRMS Conference 2015 Celtic Manor Resort 18.05.15 ©Steve Pope - Fotowales

IRMS Conference 2015
Celtic Manor Resort
©Steve Pope – Fotowales

“Our 13,000 staff manage thousands of paper and electronic records every day and it is our duty to ensure this sensitive data is handled meticulously so that we can deliver the best standards of care for all of our patients and clients.

“With an exemplary track record in information management spanning almost 40 years, I have had the privilege of being line manager to Claire for 10 years now.

“We have seen major changes in Information Governance and Records Management during this time in the public sector and through Claire’s diligence and leadership we have successfully overcome some significant challenges like the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act , harmonization of all  the records management processes across the four former Trusts into one organization in 2007; developing E-learning which is now used by all health and social care staff across Northern Ireland and transforming the way we manage our records to the new digital age.

“Claire has recruited, developed and mentored an excellent Records Management and Information Governance Team who play a very valuable role in such a large and complex organisation, raising the profile of the importance of data and promoting a culture of respect for good information management.”

Claire has led many regional initiatives, is a founder member of the Information and Records Management Society in Ireland and has networks across the UK and Ireland including the Public Records Office and National Archives.

Claire is a post-graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and her entire career has been devoted to the public service, including positions in Belfast Central Library, the Education Information Service in Omagh and CCEA in Belfast.  Claire also worked in Dublin National Library in the 1970s.

Picture: Siobhan Hanna, Assistant Director of Informatics and Claire Graham, Head of Information Governance, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Mike Dunleavy, Crown Records Management, Meic Pierce-Owen Chair of Information and Records Management Society (IRMS).

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