About Acute Hospitals

The Acute Hospitals Division works closely with the Hospital Groups to deliver hospital services throughout the country. These services include inpatient scheduled care, unscheduled/emergency care, maternity services, outpatient and diagnostic services.

 Key functions and offices in the Acute Hospitals Division include:

The National Director/Deputy Directors Office The National Clinical Advisor Planning and Performance Special Delivery Unit Quality and Patient Safety

The National Director/Deputy Directors Office

The National Directors Office oversees the work of the Division. This includes the implementation of the relevant areas of the HSE National Service Plan and the Acute Hospital DivisionsAnnual Operational Plan.

The Hospital Group Chief Executives report to the National Director for Acute Services and are accountable for their planning and performance under the HSEAccountability Framework.

The Acute Hospital Divisions priorities include:

  • Ensuring the Hospital Groups are fully operational, with quality and patient safety at their core
  • Improving waiting times for access to care in public hospitals
  • Strengthening financial accountability, human resource planning and overall performance
  • Continuing the development of the new Children’s Hospital

National Director Liam Woods
Deputy Director Angela Fitzgerald
Email: acutehospitals@hse.ie Tel 01 6352000

Office of the National Clinical Advisor
Dr Colm Henry is the National Clinical Advisor and Programme Lead for Acute Hospitals in the HSE.

The Acute Hospital Division is currently overseeing the implementation of extensive hospital reform as part of the wider national health system reform programme. This office provides the clinical guidance and support to this process. It also oversees a number of the HSE’s National Clinical Programmes

Dr Colm Henry, National Clinical Advisor Acute Hospitals Division
Email: acutehospitals@hse.ie Tel 01 6352000 

Planning and Performance

The Planning and Performance Office leads on hospital services planning and evaluation. Key responsibilities include:

Performance is measured and reported on, on a monthly basis in National Performance Reports                                                         

Assistant National Director: Helen Byrne
Email: acutehospitals@hse.ie   Tel:  01 6352000

 Special Delivery Unit

The Special Delivery Unit works closely with Hospital Groups, the NTPF and ED Taskforce improve access to care for both inpatients and outpatients in our public hospitals.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Working with hospitals and Hospital Groups, to improve patient access for both Scheduled and Unscheduled Care, this includes:

a) Supporting and monitoring the implementation of the ED Taskforce recommendations

b) Actively managing patient waiting lists and outsourced patient care initiatives

  • Working together with HSE staff and clinical stakeholders to improve our services 
  • Providing advice to help improve systems and processes in our hospitals                                              

Contact: Grace Rothwell, Head of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU)
Email: acutehospitals@hse.ieTel:01 6352000


Quality and Patient Safety

The Acute Hospitals Division Quality & Patient Safety Office works closely with the hospitals and hospital groups to ensure safe standards of patient care are maintained in our hospitals. This office works closely with other HSE Divisions including the Quality Improvement Division and the Quality Assurance and Verification Division. The office provides guidance and assistance on Serious Incident Management and Service Improvements.

Contact: Margaret Brennan, Head of Quality and Patient Safety,
Email: acutehospitals@hse.ie Tel 01 6352000

 Supporting Functions include HR and Finance.

HR works closely with the National HR Division, Hospital Groups, the National Medical Workforce Planning Office and the National Recruitment Service. Finance works closely with the HSE Finance Division.