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News from around your Health Services

HMI Leaders Award 2016 HSE Expected To Fine Hospitals “Dr. Lucy” takes Tallaght by storm Follow up inspections for one fifth of hospitals Mediator appointed in governance row European Bank invests €70 million in primary care centres Masters in Human Factors in Patient Safety New Neurology Research & Assessment Unit Digital connection for all HSE staff CEO of ISQua Patients are malnourished New cross border service HSE Interim Deputy DG Nursing Board Chief Executive Clinical Programme for Self Harm Management HIQA’s 2016 – 2018 Corporate Plan Increasing number of transplants Saving up to 30 lives annually Almost 90% of adult CF patients had an exacerbation in a year Go-ahead for children’s hospital Tackling healthcare infections Nine out of ten health professionals have clean hands Global CEO of Special Olympics Drop in Irish abortion rates

New Minister is a man in a hurry

The new Minister, Simon Harris was fast out of the traps following his appointment to the Health portfolio in the new Fine Gael minority government. Maureen Browne reports.

Ministers of State at Health

Four new Ministers of State have been appointed to the Department of Health.

Department Management Board

The Department of Health now has an 11 member Management Board, consisting of the Secretary General, two Deputy Secretaries, six Assistant Secretaries, a Chief Medical Officer and a Chief Nursing Officer.

Changing the public conversation about healthcare

We need to change the public conversation about healthcare in Ireland from “where does all the money go in health” to “how much extra can we afford to invest in health to get the services we want,” Mr. Stephen Mulvany, Chief Financial Officer and Interim Deputy Director General of the HSE, told the HMI South Regional Forum in Cork on April 12. Maureen Browne reports.

Outstanding leaders must be positive and confident

Outstanding leaders maintain a positive, “can-do” sense of confidence, which enables them to be shapers rather than followers, Elaine Way, Chief Executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland) told a packed HMI West Forum in An Clochar, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. Maureen Browne reports.

CDs want more time, training and support

Clinical leadership was associated with better patient outcomes and should be valued and supported, Dr. Julie McCarthy, HSE National Clinical Lead, Clinical Director Programme, Quality Improvement Division told the HMI South Forum in University College, Cork, this month, Maureen Browne reports.

Should Health Managers Be Regulated

Of course, health services managers should be as accountable as other professionals working in our health services. Having said that, what would a fully developed accountability system look like?

Balancing patient outcomes with target times

One of the major challenges facing the ambulance services is balancing patient outcomes with target times, Damien McCallion, HSE National Director responsible for ambulance services tells Maureen Browne.

Action Plan to address recommendations

The HSE has developed an action plan to address the 17 recommendations in the National Ambulance Service of Ireland, Emergency Services Baseline and Capacity Review.

Does culture or process make a difference?

There has been a lot of talk about leadership recently in the healthcare service. One definitely needs leaders to change the way we do business. And it is thought that the development of both clinical and managerial leadership should be done in partnership – it is not one or the other. It is regrettable that often the relationship between management and clinicians has been adversarial. Perhaps now is the time for a new partnership to develop and for us to study those teams that work well together.

Building staff morale and expertise

An innovative range of employee engagements, including a personal development plan for each team member has been implemented by GSK in Ireland to facilitate development and drive employee engagement, according to Commercial Director, Ms. Eimear Caslin. Maureen Browne reports.

How to select the best candidate

It is now widely accepted that competency-based interviewing is a valid and reliable candidate selection method, writes Elaine Fitzgerald McBarron.

Diary of Events

Health managers may be interested in these events.

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