Research dissemination and presentations
On 6 May 2022, Dr Sara Burke gave the keynote address to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Annual Delegate Conference in Sligo. It followed a ministerial address by Mr Stephen Donnelly and the President’s address by INMO President Karen McGowan. Her presentation entitled ‘Snakes and ladders: analysing the implementation Sláintecare and universal healthcare in Ireland’ was an opportunity for Dr Burke to present key findings from the policy analysis work of the Foundations’ project to an audience of over 300 nurses. As a result of the presentation, Dr Burke has been invited to meet with the INMO executive for a longer session to discuss the implications of the research findings for Sláintecare’s implementation.
Sara Burke chaired the panel discussion following the opening plenary address by Dr Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Chief Executive Officer of the International Foundation on Integrated Care at the first All-Ireland Conference on Integrated Care held on 10 March 2022 in the O’Reilly Hall in University College Dublin. The panel consisted of Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Siobhán Ní Bhriain, HSE National Lead for Integrated Care, Jacqui Browne, Chair, The Disability Persons Network and Paul Cavanagh, Director Planning and Commissioning, in the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland. There was a lively discussion based on questions from the 200 plus in-person attendees ranging from how to the need to have meaningful public involvement in integrated care planning and delivery through co-creation and coproduction, how to shift resources from the hospital to primary and social care, the political obstacles to the long-term nature of implementing integrated care, the importance of getting the right metrics for integrated care as well as the crucial role of communities and the workforce in delivering integrated care.
Sara Burke gave the second day keynote presentation at the Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland and Irish College of General Practitioners Joint Conference on 5 March 2022. Her presentation was called Implementing universal healthcare & Sláintecare: a health policy analysis. She provided an update on the state of Sláintecare implementation and along with an analysis of the creation and history of the policy. There was extensive engagement from the audience of GPs with a wide-ranging discussion including how clinicians can become active participants in advocacy and the policy process.
Dr Sara Burke published an opinion piece in the Irish Times on 3 February 2022 questioning the progress of the implementation of the Sláintecare health policy programme. She wrote: 'The response of the health system to Covid-19 is an excellent example of how resources and strong clinical leadership can empower frontline hospital and community initiatives to innovate and deliver quality care at speed to meet people’s needs. It is a real shame that gains made during the pandemic are now being squandered by deferral and inaction by our political and health leaders'. The full piece can be accessed here
- Foundations Project PI Dr Sara Burke was a member of a panel discussing ‘Positive service shifts accelerated by COVID-19: Lessons for Leaders’ during the 2022 Health Summit Sara shared findings from the Foundations project regarding the alignment between the Irish COVID-19 response and Sláintecare, characterising the response as being universal in nature with care provided free at the point of delivery to the entire population. She also highlighted the emergence of new patient trajectories during COVID-19 as care had to be delivered in new ways utilising tools like online consultations. She suggested that the next challenge for the Irish health system is to maintain the new ways of working which have been successful and not reverting to type.
- Research team members Dr Bridget Johnston and Dr Sarah Parker along with Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke presented findings related to Population Based Resource Allocation to the Department of Health’s monthly internal seminar series on 18 November.
- Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke and Dr Sara Barry presented findings from Understanding Service Reorganisation in the Irish Health & Social Care System 1998 to 2020 – lessons for reform and transformation to the Department of Health’s monthly internal seminar series on 21 October 2021.
- On 13 October, Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke chaired the Cork Healthy Cities Future of Public Health event hosted by University College Cork, featuring Profs Martin McKee and Ivan Perry. A video of the session can be viewed here
- Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke published an opinion piece in the Irish Times on 22 September in reaction to the resignations of Laura Magahy and Dr Tom Keane from the Sláintecare Implementation Office and Board, respectively.
- The RTE programme Prime Time interviewed Principal Investigator Dr Sara Buke on 17 September about the resignations of Laura Magahy and Dr Tom Keane from the Sláintecare Implementation Office and Board, respectively. The programme can be watched on the RTE website
- Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke presented to the Social Democrats Think-In on 6 September 2021
- Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke presented to the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland National Healthcare Outcomes Conference 2021 on 13 April. The title of her presentation was COVID 19: A window of opportunity for Sláintecare. The presentation can be viewed at this link beginning at the 30:34 minute mark.
- Principal Investigator Dr Sara Burke was the special rapporteur at the health session on the second day of the Irish Government’s National Economic Dialogue. She presents key themes from first ever health session at the NED at this link. Sara also contributed to the Chair’s Report of the National Economic Dialogue 2021. Her section, starting on page 20 entitled ‘Deliver a more responsive and integrated health and social care service for a post-COVID world’ can be accessed at this link
- Dr Sara Burke presented on the Foundations project to HRB grant holders conference about changes to the Foundations project in response to COVID-19. Her presentation can be viewed at this link.
March 2020-August 2021
- Members of the Foundations research team contributed weekly reports on the Irish government’s COVID-19 response to support the WHO’s Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) which was designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. As a result of this work, the research team collaborated with international colleagues on a publication comparing 2020 health policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The article can be read here