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HMI Annual Conference 2016

Minister to deliver keynote HMI Conference address

Health Minister, Simon Harris will deliver the opening address at this year’s HMI National Conference which will be held in The Concert Hall at the RDS, Dublin on Thursday September 29 next.

Tony O'Brien

Sweeping changes to HSE Leadership

Sweeping changes are to be introduced to the HSE Leadership including the appointment of four new National Directors, with the operations roles of a number of existing National Directors subsumed into the new posts – and new reporting arrangements. Maureen Browne reports.

Lucy at Operation Smile

Working for a smile!

Over the last four years Lucy Nugent, HMI President and Tallaght Hospital Deputy Chief Executive, has spent part of her annual holidays volunteering in Ghana, Rwanda and Nicaragua as part of a team correcting cleft lips and cleft palates in local children. Maureen Browne reports.



News from around your health services

HSE holds second staff survey
Sod turning for the new Children’s Hospital
Minister opens Temple Street Extended ED
Breaches of waiting targets
Increase in patients treated in 2015
GPs can now refer electronically to acute hospitals
Different qualities of life for residents with disabilities
Overview Report of Disability Inspections
National Standards for Bereavement Care
HSE HR awarded excellence certification
New Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation
Patient hotel proposed
New Drogheda Psychiatric Unit
Counsellors and psychotherapists
New charges from next January
HSE Response to Áras Attracta Report
New CORU Chair
No second cardiac cath lab for UHW
Over 1,800 patients participating in HRB research trials
New memorandum of understanding
Understaffing driving doctors abroad
HIQA endorses patient record model
Significant increase in infectious syphilis in Cork

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Siobhan Enright

Reducing blood transfusions in babies

A project which resulted in a reduction in the number of babies receiving blood transfusions in the Rotunda Hospital Dublin, was a finalist in the HMI overall Leaders award. Maureen Browne reports.

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WALK received a regional commendation for their ‘Creating a Values Based Culture’ project in the 2016 Health Managers Institute Leaders Awards. Pictured is Austin O’Sullivan, WALK Director of Resources receiving the award from Dennis Doherty, chair of the national judging panel’

Creating a Values Based Culture

In 2012 WALK, a community and voluntary organisation supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, wanted to find a way to ensure that its values were reflected in the everyday actions of its staff, writes Austin O’Sullivan.

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Richard Corbridge

Can Health Care Really be Like Uber?

All the examples and analogies much used by politicians the globe over come to mind when trying to describe why we need a digital fabric to support health care delivery in Ireland. Nowadays, Uber is the watch word for digitisation and disruption of a market place. Airbnb is wheeled out as another clear example of a change inspired by a disruption; can health care really be changed in a similar way? Of course it can, write Richard Corbridge and Maria O’laughlin.

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A new way of working

The new leadership changes reform the “centre” to establish a new way of working, which could be characterised as a ‘noses in, fingers out culture’ as between the “commissioning” and service delivery parts of the health service according to HSE Director General, Tony O’Brien. Maureen Browne reports.

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Maureen Browne

Managers must provide winter plans this month

Hospital Groups and CHOs are required to provide winter plans for 2016/2017, for validation by the end of this month, following publication of the HSE Winter Initiative Plan for the coming winter. Maureen Browne reports.

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Simon Harris T.D.

Minister aims to halve numbers waiting over 18 months

The action plan on waiting lists announced by Health Minister, Simon Harris last month aims to reduce by 50% the number of patients waiting over 18 months by the end of December, writes Maureen Browne.

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Dr. Philip Crowley

Eight point strategy for health managers

An eight point strategy which, he said, would enable health managers to develop the necessary leadership approach to drive quality improvements in healthcare in Ireland, was spelled out by Dr. Philip Crowley National Director, Quality Improvement Division, HSE, when he addressed the HMI South Forum in Erinville, South/South West Hospital Group, Western Road, Cork. Maureen Browne reports.

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Denis Doherty

If Carlsberg did healthcare………!

If Carlsberg did healthcare, they would be wary, very wary of political initiatives, writes Denis Doherty.

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Dr. Peter Lachman

Six cardinal errors in improving patient flow

In the past, I have discussed the issue of the management of the flow of patients in Ireland and possible solutions. This is not an Irish problem per se, as worldwide there is ongoing attempts to try match demand for healthcare with a finite supply of resources. The problem is that we have not really understood what demand is or how to effectively supply inpatient healthcare, writes Dr. Peter Lachman.

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Liam Ryan, Auditor Fergal O Byrne, NSAI Rosarii Mannion, HSE HR and Eugene Daly, Auditor

Retaining the status quo is ethically wrong

Dr. Leandro Herrero presented an excellent and thought provoking paper where he gave high praise to the substance and aspirations of the HSE HR People Strategy, At the HSE HR Conference “Facing the Challenges, Embracing the Future”, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin in June writes Mary McCarthy.

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Davnet O’Driscoll

Recruitment and vetting of candidates

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 requires that all employees employed whether on a temporary, or agency contract, as an intern or on a voluntary basis who provide services to children under 18 or to a “Vulnerable Person” must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly Garda Vetting Bureau), writes Davnet O’Driscoll.

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Diary of events

Healthcare managers may be interested in these events.

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