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News / October 27, 2010

Calling all healthcare professionals

by Guy Hiscott

The Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards encompass the first award system in Ireland that is open to any kind of professional working in the field of health, including dentists, nurses, support staff, medical researchers and scientists, as well as people working in patient advocacy groups and professional organisations and associations.

Astellas has launched this new initiative in Ireland to identify and reward those in healthcare who endeavour to deliver an outstanding service for their patients, as often these vital efforts can go unnoticed.

Speaking at the launch, Patricia Kelly, general manager of Astellas Pharma Co Ltd, said: ‘We hear about so many inspiring healthcare projects being undertaken throughout Ireland – work that is really changing tomorrow for patients. As a company, we wanted to reward and recognise these amazing people who are doing a truly fantastic job’.

There are five categories in total to choose from:
1. Changing tomorrow through leadership
2. Changing tomorrow through commitment
3. Changing tomorrow through innovation
4. Changing tomorrow through hope
5. Changing tomorrow through environmental/social responsibility.

The winners of each category will receive a trophy to signify their achievement plus a €1,000 educational/research grant.

In addition, there will be a Public Choice Award, whereby members of the public will be offered the opportunity to have their say by voting for their favourite shortlisted category nomination.

The winners of each category will receive a trophy to signify their achievement plus a €1,000 educational/research grant. 

The Astellas Changing tomorrow Awards 2010 will be judged by a panel of key industry figures in the field of health from Ireland.

Professor Luke Clancy, director general of TobaccoFree Research Institute and chair of the judging panel, said: ‘These awards are about rewarding members of the medical and healthcare community who have made significant contributions to the Irish public.’

More details on how to enter the Astellas Changing tomorrow Awards 2010, entry forms and conditions are available at 

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Thursday 18 November 2010. The shortlisted entries will be announced in early January 2011. The winner of each category will then be chosen and announced at the Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards 2010 ceremony, which takes pleace on Monday 31 January 2011.