Monthly Archives: May, 2013

President’s Message

Accreditation of healthcare managers would enhance patient care and safety.

There, but for the grace of God!

Denis Doherty looks at some of the conclusions of the Stafford Hospital inquiry and asks if this type of scandal could occur in Ireland.

News from around your health services

New National Directors Academy award winner New digital tools for St. James's Hospital Green Award Win Irish hospital wins international award A new form of leadership Minister's decision welcomed National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery Design team sought for new hospital Cross border health services New Chair for HIQA

Tough new employment controls

Senior health managers are seriously concerned at their lack of autonomy and the significant amount of risks they are carrying on foot of the latest tough new HSE employment controls. Maureen Browne reports.

Paving the way for Trust hospitals

Following months of consultations, discussions, wrangling, compromises and concessions, involving politicians, managers, clinicians and academics, the Cabinet has agreed to the establishment of six new public hospital groups. Maureen Browne reports.

The challenges of establishing a hospital group

Establishing a group hospital is a marathon, not a sprint, as sustainable change must be built on good solid foundations, Ann Doherty, CEO of the Mid Western Regional Hospitals Group, one of the prototypes for the new hospital groups, tells Maureen Browne.

Will the new Hospital Groups make magic?

In many ways, being in a rock band is a lot like being in a hospital group, writes health manager, Laurence Nightingale.

Our retrieval and transfer requirements

Ireland needs four 24/7 Adult, one 24/7 Paediatric and one 24/7 Neonatal Retrieval and Transfer services, Dr. Geoff King, Director of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and Clinical Lead of the National Transport Medicine Programme (NTMP) told a HMI Dublin Mid Leinster meeting in the Dublin Dental Hospital.

An inherent resistance to change

There was an inherent resistance to change, which was often a fear of getting it wrong, Dr. Alan Smith, Director of Performance Improvement (Scheduled Care) with the Department of Health Special Delivery Unit, told a conference on maximising day surgery in Ireland in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Maureen Browne reports.

Award for patient safety

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Paediatric Trigger Tool team won a Biomnis HealthCare Innovation Award this year for Patient Safety for their quality improvement project, writes Eilis Murphy, Quality, Standards & Service Planning Manager.

Award for Aero Medical Services

The Health Atlas Ireland Aero-Medical was the winner of the Biomnis 2013 award for Irish Technology Innovation, writes Dr. Howard Johnson, Clinical Lead, Health Intelligence, HSE

Patients self check in at Tallaght

A new self check in for outpatients and clinic management at Tallaght Hospital won won a Biomnis HealthCare Innovation Award this year, writes Orla O’Shea Project Officer at Tallaght Hospital.

Local managers must lead standards

Phelim Quinn, Director of Regulation, Health Information and Quality Authority, outlines what managers might expect if their facilities are inspected by HIQA in the coming months.

Managers need to tackle health literacy

Given our current financial woes, managers need to examine the costs of health literacy as low health literacy has financial implications for the health services, writes Norma Deasy.

Compliance and safety do not always match

Compliance with standards does not always guarantee your patients are safe, Mr. George McCracken, head of risk and environment at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, told a Dublin conference and workshop on compliance and water safety. Susan Pearson reports.

Breaking new territory

A pilot peer supervision programme involving 50 Therapy Managers has taken place over the last year. Programme Creator and HMI Associate Lily Murphy, describes how one year on, managers are reporting exciting results in their working lives.

Diary of events

Health managers might be interested in these events.

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