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A SAFE approach to awareness and safety in hospitals

As the fourth round of the Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) collaborative is launched, Lead of the Quality Improvement Faculty, RCPI, and former CEO of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, Dr Peter Lachman, discusses the methodology of the programme and how it complements the Irish National Early Warning System The HSE National Deteriorating…

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Business case ‘in development’ for national whole genome sequencing programme

Genomic surveillance will continue to be an integral part of the global effort to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.Catherine Reilly reports on work to establish a national whole genome sequencing programme in Ireland A business case for the National SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance and Whole Genome Sequencing Programme (NSWGSP) is “in development”, the HSE confirmed to the…

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Under cyberattack: Lessons to be learned

The effect of the cyberattack on the Irish health service continues to be felt by doctors and healthcare teams. David Lynch examines the impact to date and lessons from the crisis The cyberattack in May was not the first incident of this nature on health services. Globally there have been many such attacks, including in…

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Waiting for progress

With waiting lists getting longer, there is renewed focus on the work of the scheduled and unscheduled care performance unit in the Department of Health. David Lynch reports The Department of Health’s scheduled and unscheduled care performance unit (SUCPU) is working with the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) in putting in place…

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Assurances sought on HSE integrated financial management system

The HSE’s plan to establish an integrated financial management system for the health service over the next year has required assurances to voluntary hospitals and agencies that their autonomy will be protected. Paul Mulholland reports The need for an integrated financial management system (IFMS) for the health service has long been recognised by the HSE.…

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Advancing BowelScreen

After a challenging 16 months, BowelScreen is progressing plans to extend age eligibility, but colonoscopy capacity remains a key limiting factor. Clinical Director Prof Pádraic MacMathuna spoke to Catherine Reilly about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and upcoming developments BowelScreen is planning to extend screening to 59-year-olds in 2022, Clinical Director Prof Pádraic MacMathuna…

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Improving oncology care for adolescents and young adults

Emily Clarke Gifford speaks to Consultant Paediatric Haematologist Prof Owen Smith about a new European paper highlighting the inequitable access to cancer care experienced by adolescents and young adults A recent paper by the adolescent and young adult (AYA) working group of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Society for Paediatric…

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OUTstanding: LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing for patients and physicians

With the arrival of Pride 2021, RCPI President Prof Mary Horgan reflects on the experiences of LGBTQ+ patients and physicians For a lot of organisations, June means one thing: Incorporating rainbows into their imagery and messaging in advance of annual Pride festivals. Even in our currently subdued world, Pride is still evident: Rainbow striped logos…

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An eye on AI

With a national artificial intelligence (AI) strategy imminent and an increasing number of AI health projects underway in Ireland, David Lynch looks at recent trends in the area and what the future promises The era when artificial intelligence (AI) was confined to the plot lines of sci-fi novels and movies has long since passed. Its…

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Continued strides in HIV treatment

Emily Clarke Gifford speaks to Clinical Lead of the HSE’s Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Prof Fiona Lyons, about the challenges Covid-19 has posed for people living with HIV, new treatments, and the stigma still faced by this population It is estimated that there are over 6,000 people living with human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) in…

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