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Managing Health & Social Care for Life – But Not as We Know It!

The Centre for Health Policy and Management, TCD, invites you to the MSc in Health Services Management ‘June Guests Event 2018’.  The panel of expert speakers will take a ‘future scope’ on delivering health and social care services for an emerging health system landscape – Imagine 2030! This free events takes place in the Mháirtin Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, on Thursday the 7th of June 2018 from 09:00-13:00.  For further information and to register please click on the following link https://june-guests-2018.eventbrite.ie

Pathways Project short listed for Trinity College Registrar’s Civic Engagement Award

The Pathways project research team were shortlisted for the TCD Registrar’s Civic Engagement Award for their contribution to the work of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. The award is recognises members of Trinity College staff who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in engagement with wider society in their teaching and/or research, those who have played an active role in civic engagement in Trinity either through community-based research and/or community-based learning.

Dr Sara Burke publishes research on new HRB open research platform

One of the first ten articles to be published on the Health Research Board’s new open research platform is the article ‘It’s the economy, stupid! When economics and politics override health policy goals – the case of tax reliefs to build private hospitals in Ireland in the early 2000s’ by Dr Sara Burke. Sara’s research shows that despite a government strategy of increasing public hospital beds during the 2000s, changes to the Finance Act in 2001 and 2002 resulted in a growth in the number of private hospital beds far exceeding the growth in public ones.

HSE Research Award on Aging for Palliative Care research

The Palliative Care Economics (PaCE) research group at the Centre for Health Policy and Management was recently awarded funding of €164,000 under the HSE Research Awards on Ageing for a project entitled ‘The UP Study – Understanding Inequalities in Palliative Care for Older People and Providing for the Future’. The purpose of the HSE Research Awards on Ageing is ‘to enhance population health and wellbeing over the trajectory of ageing by the creation and use of knowledge to ensure Ireland is a good place to grow old’. The study will be led by Prof Karen Ryan of the UCD School of Medicine, supported by co-investigators Dr Peter May, Dr Bridget Johnston and Prof Charles Normand from Health Policy and Management. The aim of this 18 month collaborative project is to use mixed methods to model the palliative care needs of older people in Ireland; calculate associated costs (including costs to service users and effects on financial risk protection); and to provide understanding on why current knowledge regarding best practice on meeting need is not put into practice and what is required to effect change and deliver on equitable palliative care provision for older people. This work will support the work of the recent Sláintecare report in providing detailed resource and financial data to underpin Recommendation 4 that universal palliative care is provided within five years.

TILDA report gives unique insight into end of life experiences of older people

Dr Peter May and Prof Charles Normand are co-authors, along with Dr Christine McGarrigle,
of a new TILDA report providing new insight into and understand of the end-of-life experience of older adults in Ireland. 

Lead author of the report Dr Peter May said: “Our research shows that there is widespread experience of poor health and disability in the last three months of life among TILDA participants, including a high prevalence of modifiable health problems. We need to do more research to improve identification and management of issues such as pain and depression to improve people’s quality of life in their last year.”

Future of Healthcare Conference in Cyprus

Dr Sara Burke presented the background for as well as details of the recent Sláintecare health policy process in Ireland to a group of high level policy makers in Cyprus making similar policy changes toward a universal healthcare system in that country.

Sara’s presentation can be viewed here

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

Pathways to Universal Healthcare seminar took place on 19 September 2017 in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin.

The seminar presented findings from the Pathways to Universal Healthcare research project and reflected on the work of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. The Pathways project team – Prof Steve Thomas, Dr Sara Burke, Dr Sarah Barry, Dr Bridget Johnston, and Rikke Siersbaek – provided technical support to the Committee in the writing of its report which was published in May 2017.

Our two keynote speakers were;
Roisin Shortall, TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee of the Future of Healthcare whose presentation was 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 whose presentation was entitled ‘Situating the Sláintecare report in an international context and lessons for implementation’.

4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

The 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health was held in Dublin from 13-17 November 2017. The conference planning committee was led by Centre staff Charles Normand and Sheena Cleary, along with other partners. Co-hosts alongside Trinity College Dublin included the World Health Organization, the Global Health Workforce Network, Irish Aid, the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive. The Forum represented 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. 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.