Yearly Archives: 2019

Minister urges forensic team to examine HSE processes and practices

The establishment of a fully resourced and qualified forensic team with the appropriate authority to examine processes and practices across the HSE, to deliver efficiencies within healthcare delivery should be an absolute priority, Mr. Jim Daly, Minister of State at the Department of Health, with special responsibility for Mental Health & Older People, said when he addressed the Conference.

Private sector would not do better managing the Irish health service

HSE CEO, Mr. Paul Reid strongly challenged what he said was the “relentless media commentary” that the private sector would do better than the public sector managing the Irish health service, when he gave the keynote address to the Conference.

Tackling health inequities can reduce pressure on healthcare systems

Health equity means fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life and inequities in health are not inevitable or necessary, but unjust and the product of unfair social, economic and political arrangements, Ms. Suzanne Costello, Chief Executive, Institute of Public Health in Ireland told the Conference.

Healthcare workers want service integration and electronic records prioritised

The majority of Senior Health Managers want policymakers to prioritise service integration and introduce electronic patient records, according to new research, carried out by the Health Management Institute of Ireland (HMI), Ms Sharon Morrow HMI Council Member and Director of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network told the Conference.

Ten per cent of the population use seventy per cent of acute hospital and community prescribing resources and seventy-seven per cent of bed days

Ten per cent of the population used seventy per cent of acute hospital and community prescribing resources and seventy-seven per cent of bed days, Prof. Áine Carroll, Professor of Healthcare Integration and improvement at UCD/NRH and Co-Director, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Ireland, said when she addressed the Conference.

Investigator could not find clear management structures in place in HSE in regard to CervicalCheck

“I couldn’t find clear management structures in place in the HSE in regard to CervicalCheck”, Dr Gabriel Scally who carried out the inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy told the Conference.

Biggest risk to Irish health service would be to make no changes

Access to publicly funded healthcare for those without private health insurance in Ireland was a disgrace and the biggest risk to the Irish health service now would be to make no changes, Dr Tom Keane, Former Director of the National Cancer Control Programme and current Chair of the Sláintecare Implementation Advisory Council said, when he addressed the Conference.

Ireland’s mortality rate from stroke falls from 18% to 8%

Ireland’s mortality rate from stroke had fallen from 19% to 8% without an increase in nursing home discharge over the last decade, Prof. Ronán Collins, National Clinical Lead for Stroke and consultant in geriatric and stroke medicine at Tallaght University Hospital, told the Conference.

HMI contribution to knowledge sharing and performance

The agenda and speakers at the HMI Conference were testament to the contribution that the HMI was making towards knowledge sharing and indeed performance in the health care system, Mr. Liam Cullen, Director External Affairs and Public Policy, GSK Ireland, told the Conference.

Men have become happier than women in Ireland

Traditionally in Ireland women had always rated themselves as happier than men, but the gap had closed over the last 40 years and men were now  rating themselves happier than women,  Prof. Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital and Clinical Professor at UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, told the Conference.

Five per cent more staff working in real teams associated with 3.3% drop in mortality rate

Five per cent more staff working in real teams was associated with 3.3% drop in mortality rate (p= .006), which for an “average” acute hospital, represented around 40 deaths per year, Ms. Suzie Bailey, Executive Director of Leadership and Organisational Development Team, King’s Fund, told the Conference.

The RCSI Institute of Leadership

Ms. Tina Joyce, Programme Director of the Institute of Leadership at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, highlighted the research she is doing with the current Hospital Groups and large scale structural change, and how this will be relevant in the implementation Slaintecare.

Thanks to all

The Conference sessions were chaired by HMI President, Mr. Lorcan Birthistle, CEO of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and HMI Vice-President, Mr. Tony Canavan, CEO of the Saolta University Health Care Group.

Momentous times ahead

Welcome to the summer edition of Health Manager. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to the new CEO of the HSE, Mr Paul Reid. He has a challenging job ahead and I look forward to hearing him outline his vision of the health service. He is also speaking at the HMI’s upcoming conference on October 2nd which is open for booking.

The priorities of the new Director General of the HSE

Paul Reid, the new HSE Director General says his three priorities for healthcare are the delivery of quality and safe services, transitioning to a new model of integrated care and strengthening confidence and trust in the organisation. Maureen Browne reports.

Ireland should look for new funding options for cancer research

Ireland should look for new funding options for cancer research because the country’s national debt constrains the amount of public funding available for this essential element of cancer services, according to Dr. Jerome Coffey, Director of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP). Maureen Browne reports.

Our mental health services are not fit for purpose

Versions of that question are posed regularly and tend to attract simplistic, stock answers of the stigma or I have no idea variety, writes Denis Doherty.

How do we know we are good?

The delivery of health care or in most cases the management of disease is a difficult business. Expectations of people have increased with the growth of the easy access to information on the web. This means that people no longer are less knowledgeable than their health care providers and they theoretically can always look for alternatives, writes Dr. Peter Lachman.

What machine learning and artificial intelligence can do for you

Artificial intelligence is no longer the prerogative of sci-fi movies or robot fighting games, but can help health managers predict demands and outcomes for services and distil wordy reports into two-page summaries, writes Ian Darbey.

Future Leaders of the Irish health service

Senior Nurse and Midwife leaders celebrated their success in completing the nine day NLIC RCSI IOL Future Leaders Programme on their forum day in...

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