Monthly Archives: October, 2020

Study shows 18% of healthcare workers have COVID antibodies

Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 - the virus which causes COVID-19 - were detected in 18% of healthcare workers in Tallaght University Hospital who participated in...

President’s Message

Healthcare managers have shown leadership during COVID-19.

A Message to Health Managers from the HSE CEO

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.

Upcoming HMI events

We are busy planning our annual conference which will take place in November.

Do you have HMI memorabilia?

HMI will shortly celebrate its 75th anniversary and is anxious to collect as much memorabilia as possible to mark the occasion.

‘We must mind our staff who have worked so hard since the start of Covid’

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.

Staff urged to encourage public to adhere to guidelines

“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 Annual Burnout Survey

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.

Homeworking – The New Normal?

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.

Turning adversity into learning

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.

Developing the nursing and midwifery professions

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 responsibility of all nurses and midwives

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.

Caring for staff in stressful times

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.

Coping With Coronavirus – How To Stay Calm and Protect your Mental Health

‘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.

Striking a balance between work and personal life

Irish workers spend less than the price of a cup of coffee per day on their personal health and wellbeing, according to a report published by the Mater Private Healthcare Group.

New Vice-President of HOPE

HMI Council Member, Mr. Eamonn Fitzgerald has been elected Vice President of The European Hospital Healthcare Federation (HOPE). Mr. Fitzgerald is Executive Director, of the...

New CEO of St. James’s

Prof. Mary Day, has been appointed CEO of St. James’s, Hospital, Dublin. Prof Day, who took over her new post on June 15, succeeds Mr....

Chief Officer Community Healthcare West

Breda Crehan-Roche took over as Chief Officer for Community Healthcare West this year. Community Healthcare West includes Primary Care, Mental Health, Older Persons Services, Disability...

New Chief Nursing Officer in Ireland

Rachel Kenna is the newly appointed Chief Nursing Officer in Ireland. She is a Registered Children’s and General Nurse (RCN/RGN) and has extensive clinical...

Irish Hospice Foundation Chair

Jean Callanan who now chairs the Irish Hospice Foundation, is a Marketing Strategist and a Book Midwife. Born in Dublin she studied History and Politics...

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