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Group Strategic Plan

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group published new five year strategic plan

Plan will drive highest standards of services in each of the Group’s seven hospitals

Agreed academic and clinical healthcare model with Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Prioritises patient partnership and staff development across all services

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group published a new five-year Strategic Plan (2018-2023) in January 2018. Opening the event, Tony O’Brien, former Director General of the HSE described the strategy as a ‘five-year roadmap’ for the delivery of hospital services for a population of more than 800,000 who may access care in the Group’s seven hospitals. 

The strategy focuses on five key strategic aims that will drive DMHG’s reform and development priorities:

  1. To deliver excellent standards of quality and patient safety
  2. To optimise service delivery, ensuring patients are treated in the right place, at the right time, by the right people.
  3. To develop integrated care between Dublin Midlands Hospitals Group and its Community Primary Care Partners
  4. To foster education, academic research and innovation
  5. To strengthen co-operation and collaboration between the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group Hospitals

Addressing the launch former DMHG CEO, Dr Susan O’Reilly said,

“This strategic plan has one simple objective—to determine how we can support, sustain and develop our hospitals to deliver high-quality care for our patients.”

The Hospital Group are seeking to improve access for patients so they can be seen and treated in the right location by the most appropriate provider, to expand services in response to growth in demand, and to work in partnership to better integrate across Hospitals and community health care services, with patient empowerment at the centre.

In her comments, Dr Susan O’Reilly said:

“We have undertaken a substantial body of work to establish the Group governance and accountability frameworks. These frameworks provide the foundation on which we will build and deliver this strategy.”

In 2016 alone, 11,000 staff delivered 735,915 outpatient appointments; treated 198,456 patients in the Group’s Emergency Departments; and delivered 9,788 babies with a budget of €1,020.2m.

“The five-year strategic plan acknowledges the significant work already underway across the seven hospitals, in a very challenging environment,” said Dr O’Reilly.

Commenting Trevor O’Callaghan, Acting CEO of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group said, “The strategy provides a blueprint of how the Group will continue to deliver the highest quality acute hospital care services and continue to drive change, support innovation, and improve access to services for all patients.

The plan acknowledges the main challenges for the acute sector in Ireland: access to health services and improvements in efficiency in the delivery of hospital services.

To achieve this we will adopt a Strategy in Action. We will drive change in a collaborative, cooperative manner where, most importantly, patients will receive the best standards of care”, he concluded.

In her remarks at the publication, Professor Mary McCarron, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, welcomed the Group Strategic Plan 2018-2023, and said, “Trinity College Dublin is very pleased to be part of the first Strategic Plan for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. Trinity College Dublin envisages the development of a clinical and academic healthcare model that will deliver best patient care, education, innovation, world class research and its translation into action. We look forward to further strengthening our existing partnerships with our Hospitals and  the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group to achieve this over the next five years.

“We are particularly pleased to announce our intention to appoint a ‘hospital liaison’ who will work on developing a strong academic relationship to support health care delivery. We hope into the future this will evolve into a lead academic position for the Hospital Group.” 

This strategic vision has been agreed with all seven Group Hospitals, the HSE nationally, and the Group’s academic partners in Trinity College Dublin. You can download the full strategic plan here.