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Day in the Life of Jacqueline Robinson, GM of SLRON

Jacqueline Robinson is the General Manager of St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON) – the largest provider of radiotherapy in Ireland

SLRON Jackie Robinson 

6.30am

My alarm clock is our energetic toddler Sophie. I make my way downstairs at 6.30am and serve up breakfast as Sophie sings to herself and her two older brothers Marcus and Joshua (aged 4 and 6) along with my husband Eoin, a solicitor and keen mountain runner. We live in Kilternan in the Dublin Mountains. It’s a little slice of heaven.

9am

I arrive at our Rathgar site and check in with my Chief Operations Officer. We look at what has happened over the weekend and plan for the week ahead across the three sites: St Luke’s hospital Rathgar, and our centres on the grounds of St James’s Hospital and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

10.30am

I have a staff resource planning huddle with my senior management team including the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Director of Nursing and Head of HR. We review staffing needs for the week ahead. The team are really solution driven and bring diverse skills to the table. We have almost 600 staff and deliver 70 to 80,000 radiation fractions every year – it is no small operation.

12pm

I do a walkabout on the grounds of one of our centres and meet staff and patients on the frontline. Whatever my daily work challenges, they are minor in comparison to someone facing cancer treatment. It’s very grounding.

1pm

I fuel up on a hearty lunch in the staff canteen.

2pm

I meet with our Radiation Consultants to discuss patient flow in the Outpatient Department.  I then attend a teleconference with our Network Director (lead clinician) and senior staff from the HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).  We update them on our performance and highlight any challenges in the service. Finally, I meet with my Head of Business Intelligence to review overall activity.  Over the next 20 years, we expect demand for radiation services to increase by 100%. 

5pm

I head back up the mountains to hear about the day’s adventures from my family.  We have tea together before I go to the yard to spend some quality time with the horses.  The young ones teach me about patience, perseverance and consistency, and most importantly how to hold my nerve. All useful skills for the day job!