I have spoken many times about the incredible contribution that frontline workers have made to the Covid-19 response, and of the courage they have shown by continuing to provide “normal” healthcare within an environment that is unfortunately anything but normal.
He had always been proud to work in the Irish health service, but never more so than during this year’s COVID 19 pandemic, Tony Canavan, HMI Vice President and CEO, Saolta University Healthcare Group, told a HMI West on line seminar “Learning from COVID 19” in September.
“As the nation again comes to terms with the Level 5 restrictions and the challenges presented by them, we believe that healthcare providers have a continued duty and responsibility to encourage the public to adhere to the recommended public health guidelines,” Gerry O’Dwyer, the CEO and Prof. Geraldine McCarthy, the Chair of the South/South West Hospital Group, have said in a message to staff.
Health Managers should take a burnout survey at least every six months or once a year and more frequently if they were showing signs of burnout, Dr Pádraic Dunne, RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology & Health, told a regional meeting of the HMI, in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.
Back in March, the change to working from home held many attractions. The days were lengthening, the weather was fine, the cost and stress of commuting were lowered and the extra discretionary time, when lockdown ended, could be used to do new, interesting things.In time, the downsides of working from home became more apparent and a number of the upsides lost some of their attraction, writes Denis Doherty.
So much has been written on COVID-19 over the past few months and it is so topical that it can become boring. People just want to talk about something else, as COVID-19 dominates every media broadcast, writes Prof. Peter Lachman.
The function of the Chief Nursing Office position is to strategically lead the ongoing development of the nursing and midwifery professions, including their contribution to wider healthcare policy, writes Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health.
Clinical leadership is key to the delivery of safe effective care and is the responsibility of all nurses and midwives, regardless of their grade, role or position, writes Marie Kilduff, Interim Director, The National Clinical Leadership Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, (NCLC), Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, HSE.
A psychological support programme to help staff manage any distress in the COVID era which was rolled out in Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and subsequently to other acute hospitals could form the basis of an on-going programme to tackle moral injury and other anxieties and pressures among healthcare staff, writes Maureen Browne.
‘Commission bias’ is the term used to describe the human tendency to do things rather than not do things. Faced with a problem, we have an innate desire to act, to intervene, to actively do something, even if our actions might be ineffective or even make the situation worse, writes Prof. Brendan Kelly.
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