Secretary General at the Department of Health, Robert Watt, Commends St. Vincent’s University Hospital for Modernised Care Pathways
16th November 2023
Earlier this week, Mr. Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Health, visited St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) to witness first-hand the transformative impact of Modernised Care Pathways on patient care and waiting lists.
SVUH showcased the outcomes achieved through collaborative efforts with the HSE Strategic Programmes Office, the National Clinical Programme for Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, the National Clinical Programme for Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Notable advancements include the implementation of virtual Fracture Assessment Clinics and a Fracture Liaison Service in Orthopaedics and a Haematuria Pathway in Urology, significantly impacting waiting times and improving the overall patient experience.
During the visit, Prof Michael Keane – Interim CEO welcomed Mr Watt, Deirdre McNamara, Mr. Paddy Kenny – Joint National Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor Eamonn Rogers – the National Clinical Lead for Urology who both provided insights into the Orthopaedic and Urology modernised care pathways nationally, highlighting the achievements and innovations for both services and the significant progress made in implementing these pathways in SVUH.
Following the presentations, the delegation toured the clinical areas associated with these pathways, met the teams who are successfully implementing these pathways, and gained first-hand knowledge of the impact on patient outcomes in SVUH. Mr. Watt expressed his appreciation for the dedication and innovation demonstrated by SVUH in advancing patient care and reducing waiting lists.
The new Orthopaedic and Urology care pathways at SVUH are part of a national programme of work progressing under the governance of the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer and the Strategic Programmes Office to implement 36 Modernised Care Pathways. To date, €3.6m has been invested in SVUH to support recruitment of 26 WTE resources to deliver pathways across a range of specialties. Modernised Care Pathways are a key deliverable of the Minister’s Waiting List Action Plan 2023, a frontrunner of integrated care delivery, and a building block for the new HSE Health Regions (formerly Regional Health Areas) organised under Sláintecare. Twenty-three of these pathways are now in operation within hospital and community sites around the country.
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