Monthly Archives: March, 2015

President’s Message

Change For The Better

What Francis Brennan Might Say!

Denis Doherty takes a wry look at what Francis Brennan might say if he was called in to try and sort out our hardest pressed hospitals.

News from around your health services

From Dublin to Ethiopia – with love CHO Chief Officers Interim CEO at St. Vincent’s Acting Director Quality Assurance & Verification Director Health Business Services National Director National Ambulance Service Training hours are working hours Managed maternity network Ombudsman for Children Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened First private clinical teaching and research hospital Beacon Hospital Deputy CEO New laws to regulate surrogacy Have your say on identifiers A new era in mental health services Hospital hand hygiene improving HIQA publishes electronic prescribing standards Universal GP services for over 70s Visit the new HMI website

Problems Filling Senior Health Manager Posts

The lack of resources for training and development of health managers and potential health managers has resulted in an approaching crisis in the recruitment and retention of these managers. Maureen Browne reports.

Cost Effectiveness Evaluation in Decision Making?

The current Health Technology Assessment (HTA) means the Government is willing to pay €45,000 for one year of perfect health, writes Ms. Sandra Redmond, Health Outcomes Manager, GSK.

Reducing mental health taboos for men

Jennifer Hayes, Department of Psychology, HSE, Cork, describes how she and her colleagues adapted an innovative approach to the delivery of mental health services within the community in Cork. In collaboration with 2 local GAA clubs.

Implementing sustainable change during fiscal cuts

The need to implement a radical change programme necessary to deliver a quality care in the rapidly constraining fiscal environment of 2007 – 2014 was paramount and resulted in significantly increased efficiency and performance in Cork University Hospital, writes Mr. Tony McNamara, Chief Executive Officer, Cork University Hospital.

Gaining optimal benefit from technology

Ms. Patricia King and Ms. Breedge Finn describe how Beaumont Hospital, Dublin changed how it delivers cardiac interventional services - a change project on the background of technological advances.

How activity based funding works

Activity based funding will not only count cases – but will measure the complexity of the cases in ‘weighted units of care,’ which can be linked with money allowing much more sophisticated planning and control, writes Ms. Maureen Cronin.

RCSI Group wants to be first Trust

The ambition of the RCSI Hospitals Group, Ospideil RCSI, was to be the first Hospital Trust in the country, Mr. Bill Maher, CEO, of the Group said when he addressed HMI fora in the Dublin North Eastern and Dublin Mid Leinster regions. Maureen Browne reports.

Health service can spend €115 million more this year

The National Service Plan for 2015 (NSP 2015) indicates that the health services can spend €115 million or 1% more this year than it did in 2014, Mr. Stephen Mulvany, Chief Finance Officer, HSE told a meeting of HMI Regional Forum in Dublin. Maureen Browne reports.

Changing staff culture in hospital groups

A major challenge for the Saolta University Health Care Group (Grúpa Ollscoile Cúram Slainte) was how to change staff culture from being hospital-oriented people to being Group-oriented people, Mr. John Shaughnessy, Director of HR with the Group told a meeting of HMI West. Maureen Browne reports.

Hospital Groups will secure future of smaller hospitals

A Major Trauma Network policy for Ireland was being developed, a review of the future location of the Dublin maternity services was due to be completed in April and an application for planning permission for the new Children’s Hospital, including its two satellite centres, would be submitted to Bord Pleanála this summer, Ms. Fionnuala Duffy, Head of the Acute Hospital Policy Unit, Department of Health with responsibility for the establishment of Hospital Groups and the development of the new Children’s Hospital, told a HMI Forum in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Maureen Browne reports.

New compliance requirements

Ms. Niamh Callaghan looks at the compliance and changes for hospitals, foundations and charities limited by guarantee as a result of the new Companies Act which has been signed into law and is expected to commence on June 1, 2015.

Developing a design for a new hospital

Ms. Siobhán Bonham described how, over the past two years, staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital engaged in a programme of stakeholder engagement to enable them to create better and more user friendly design for the first phase of their new hospital.

Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap

Mr. Conor Hannaway looks at the challenge which organisations face when they try to enhance organisation performance once it knows what needs to be done.

“Breakthrough” in the NRH

Breakthrough is a blended learning and action learning based programme designed to encourage managers to work together on team-based projects that are relevant to the strategic plans and future direction of their respective organisations, writes Ms. Karen Maher.

Diary of events

Health managers may be interested in the following events.

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