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Dr James O’Mahony wins Emerging Investigator Award

Dr James O’Mahony, Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, has been approved for a Health Research Board Emerging Investigator Award for Health 2017 under the project title of "Enhancing the Evidence Base for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Ireland: Building Improvements from the Intervention-Specific to System-Wide Levels". The award runs for four years from January 2018. This project will involve three components: (i) modelling methods for cancer screening; (ii) continued work with the CERVIVA consortium of HPV-associated disease research; (iii) investigation of the use of cost-effectiveness thresholds in Ireland and abroad in the context of hospital waiting lists. 

We will be welcoming a PhD candidate to the department under this grant. Collaborators on the grant include partners from HIQA, RCSI, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the NTPF, the ESRI and CervicalCheck.

Pathways Seminar 19 September 2017

The next Pathways to Universal Healthcare seminar will take place on 19 September 2017. The seminar will run from 9am – 1 pm in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin and is free to attend and open to the public.

Over the past six months, the Pathways team provided technical support to the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. The aim of this seminar is to reflect on the work of the Oireachtas Committee as well as presenting some updated work from the Pathways project team – Prof Steve Thomas, Dr Sara Burke, Dr Sarah Barry, Dr Bridget Johnston, and Rikke Siersbaek.

Our two keynote speakers are:
Roisin Shortall, TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee of the Future of Healthcare whose presentation is entitled ‘Sláintecare - reflections from the chair’
Dr Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, head of the
WHO European Centre on Health Policy will speak about ‘Situating the Sláintecare report in an international context and lessons for implementation’.

For more information or to register, please go to this link or contact Rikke Siersbaek at

4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

The 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will be held in Dublin from 13-17 November 2017. The conference planning committee is led by Centre staff Charles Normand and Sheena Cleary, along with other partners. Co-hosts alongside Trinity College Dublin include the World Health Organization, the Global Health Workforce Network, Irish Aid, the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive. The Forum represents a unique opportunity to engage a multisectoral group of actors across the education, finance, health and labour sectors; multilateral and bilateral agencies; academic institutions; health professional associations and civil society, in a coherent advocacy platform. Registration open now. More detail available here.

Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare

From November 2016 to May 2017, a team of researchers - Prof Steve Thomas, Dr Sara Burke, Dr Sarah Barry, Dr Bridget Johnston, and Rikke Siersbaek - from the Centre provided technical support for the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. Initially, the team hosted three workshops with the Committee and then assisted the Committee with its remit ‘to devise cross-party agreement on a single long-term vision for health care and direction of health policy in Ireland’.
On the 30 May 2017, the Committee published its final report. According the Committee’s chairperson, Roisin Shortall TD, ‘the formation of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare provided a unique and historic opportunity for TDs from across the political spectrum to come together to develop consensus on a long-term policy direction for Ireland’s healthcare system. Our task has been to consider how best to ensure that, in future, everyone has access to an affordable, universal, single-tier healthcare system, in which patients are treated promptly on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay’.
An overview of the Committee’s work process and the report’s recommendations can be found in the Oireachtas News press release. View full video of report launch here.

Dr Sarah Barry named new Course Director for the MSc in Health Services Management

Dr Sarah Barry was recently appointed Assistant Professor and on 1 June 2017 she took over as the Course Director for the MSc. Leaving her previous position as the Assistant Director Teaching and Learning for the SPHeRE programme, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which will benefit our students for years to come.