UL Hospitals Group is looking for volunteers to join their patient council

UL HOSPTIALS Group is seeking to strengthen its relationships with patients by recruiting new members of the public to join the Patient Council.   The Patient Council advises the group on ways to improve services and the hospital experience for patients and families who use any of the hospitals in the group.

The Patient Council provides a strong independent voice for patients, service users and their families.   It gives patients and the public the opportunity to become involved as active partners in UL Hospitals Group.

The Patient Council was established in 2016 and is made up of members of the public along with members of the hospital group management team.   Vacancies have arisen on the council due to the expiration of the tenure of some members of the council. 

Expressions of interest are sought from across the MidWest region from people who have had experience of University Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, Croom Orthopaedic Hospital or University Maternity Hospital Limerick.

“We welcome applications from anyone interested in improving our health services and patient experience and would particularly like to hear from people who have direct contact with our hospitals either as a patient or a relative of a patient. The Patient Council’s role will be pivotal in providing input on the development of quality improvement plans in response to patient feedback such as the results from the National Patient Experience Survey” said Prof Colette Cowan, CEO UL Hospitals Group.

The Patient Council is a core element of promoting a culture of patient partnerships across the Group. Through partnership with the Patient Council the Hospital Group will seek feedback about patient needs, experiences and outcomes and use this information to inform decision making.

“Members of the Patient Council have been actively involved in a variety of different projects and initiatives across the Group over the last few years.  They took an active role in supporting the opening of the new Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick, are involved in committees such as the End of Life Committee, Nutrition and Hydration, patient flow and National Patient Experience Survey. Patient Council members bring their insight and experience of using the health service and work with different groups and committees to ensure that we keep the patient at the centre of all that we do.”  Commented, Catherine Hand, Patient Advocacy and Liaison Manager.

John Hannafin, Acting Chair of Patient Council commented, “The Patient Council has a considerable and significant contribution to make in partnership with the UL Hospitals Group to patient care as has been clearly demonstrated over the past two years. “

“Applicants will be invited for interview and successful candidates will have Garda Vetting and reference checks before being invited to join the Patient Council.   The Patient Council will meet every six to eight weeks and we estimate that a time commitment of approx. two hours per month would be required.” concluded Catherine.

If you are interested in becoming part of the UL Hospitals Group Patient Council, please contact Miriam McCarthy or Catherine Hand Patient Advocacy Liaison Managers via email at patient.counciluhl@hse.ie or 061 482448 or 061 485259.  Applications are open until Friday 10th August 2018.