Public Health Agency award from British Deaf Association


PHA scoops prestigious award from British Deaf Association


As part of the British Deaf Association’s (BDA) 125-year celebrations, Belfast recently welcomed delegations from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS).

In honour of their visit, the BDA welcomed the delegates to Northern Ireland at a Civic Reception in Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 3 November. A highlight of the event was an awards ceremony to recognise local organisations which have shown outstanding commitment to the deaf community.

The Quality Assurance Reference Centre (QARC) within the Public Health Agency (PHA) was presented with a prestigious ‘Access to Information’ award for the inclusion of signing language on three cancer screening information videos – which are available on the QARC website here

Speaking at the award ceremony, Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health at the PHA said: “This is a well-deserved and unexpected acknowledgement of the excellent work the PHA’s QARC team undertakes, and in particular Joan McSorley, in promoting informed choice for cancer screening in Northern Ireland. Many congratulations to all involved”.

The picture above features QARC members of staff, Frances Redmond, Joan McSorley and Ken McInnes, with Dr Carolyn Harper. Also featured are the QARC website featuring signing language and Dr Carolyn Harper at the Awards Ceremony receiving the award on behalf of the PHA.

For more information on the work of the BDA in Northern Ireland click here