Yearly Archives: 2012

President’s Message

Strategy does not focus on leadership and management.

What does “money follows the patient” mean?

If “money following the patient” means patients are to be empowered to decide how their healthcare needs should be met, that would be revolutionary and I don’t anticipate that type of revolution being ignited anytime soon, writes Denis Doherty.

Minister sets out timetable for reform

Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., has set out target times for the implementation of 48 health reforms including free GP care, Hospital Trusts, Universal Health Insurance and the new management structure and reporting relationships for the health services. Maureen Browne reports.

News from around your health services

HSE Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes National children’s hospital to be completed by 2018 HSE scoops two advertising effectiveness awards Over 2,600 patients on dialysis in Ireland New pharmaceutical deal Cut in replacement staff Data quality guidelines Doctoral Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Assessment of national Deep Brain Stimulation Service in Ireland

Managers and clinicians must put aside distrust

Dr. Aine Carroll, the new HSE National Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes has called on managers and clinicians to put aside distrust of each other and on hospitals and other institutions to abandon self interest to develop a new and better health service for the country. Maureen Browne reports.

The Special Delivery Unit – Performance Improvement

Those working in the health service needed to stop externalising the problem, this was a personal leadership challenge for each and every one of us, Ms. Lis Nixon, Director of Performance Improvement in Unscheduled Care with the Department of Health Special Delivery Unit (SDU) told the HMI Dublin/Mid Leinster Regional meeting in the Dublin Dental Hospital last evening. Maureen Browne reports.

Hospital Group is master of its own destiny

Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, has allowed the new Galway/Roscommon Group of hospitals be master of its own destiny, according to Mr. Bill Maher, CEO of the Group. Maureen Browne reports.

The new vision for child and family services

There is no boundary solution to children’s services – children invaded every aspect of life in respect of their care and education and every government department should have a policy on child care, which should be integrated in the programme for government at the highest level, Mr. Gordon Jeyes, CEO Designate, Child and Family Support Agency, told the HMI Dublin Mid Leinster Forum in the Dublin Dental Hospital. Maureen Browne reports.

HIQA to make unannounced inspections

HIQA is now commencing Phase 1 of its programme of monitoring assessments of acute hospitals’ compliance with the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infection and initially this will focus on announced and unannounced assessment of acute hospitals’ compliance with the Standards writes Phelim Quinn, HIQA Director of Regulation.

Why Regulation of Social Workers Matters

Every profession has people who do not perform as they should and for the public to have confidence there must be a mechanism for the appropriate handling of these situations, writes Ginny Hanrahan, CEO Health and Social Care Professionals Council and Registrar for the Social Workers Registration Board at CORU.

Pressures on public beds to increase

In 12 months time there would be further contraction of the health insurance market, which would impose additional pressure on the public system, Mr. Dermot Goode of Cornmarket Group Financial Services told the HMI South Regional Meeting in Waterford Regional Hospital. Maureen Browne reports.

An open letter to Santa Claus

With Christmas fast approaching, Health Manager, Laurence Nightingale pens an open letter to Santa Claus.

Balancing control and empowerment

Getting the balance right between control and empowerment is the ultimate management skill – the skill that is nearer an art than a science, writes Conor Hannaway.

President’s Message

I want to make a plea for reality as we enter the Service Plan process for 2013.

We must move away from the control paradigm

HMI President, Mr. Richard Dooley urged that we must “move away from the control paradigm that has evolved and that is in danger of making technocrats of people who joined the health services primarily to foster positive health strategies and deliver positive health outcomes to the communities that we serve”, when he opened the Institute’s 2nd National Conference in Dublin. Maureen Browne reports.

Managers should have training and support

Health managers did not receive the kind of training and support which consultants did and this must be changed, Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, T.D., said when he addressed the HMI National Conference. Maureen Browne reports.

Secretary General supports managers’ professional development

In a very significant address, Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, the Secretary General of the Department of Health said he wanted to assure the HMI and health managers of the full support of the Department for the professional development of managers, when he addressed the HMI National Conference. Maureen Browne reports.

‘We will devolve as much power as possible’

Mr. Tony O’Brien, Acting Chief Executive of the HSE and the Director General Designate told the HMI Conference that his aim was to devolve as much power as possible within the health system. Maureen Browne reports.

New hospital groups report out shortly

Recommendations on the composition and number of the new hospital groups and their relationship to the university sector would be brought to the Minister for Health within the next few weeks, Prof. John Higgins, Chair of the Hospital Group Strategic Board, which was tasked last June to come up with these recommendations, told the HMI Conference. Maureen Browne reports.

The chance of being harmed in healthcare

Global statistics show that those who access healthcare have a one in 300 chance of being harmed, Dr. Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, HIQA and acting Chief Inspector of Social Services told the HMI Conference, Maureen Browne reports.

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