HSE Media Release: 4 February 2020
Since June 2018 the Long Term Conditions Programme coordinated a Quality Improvement Initiative (QII) Project across the five counties of Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo). Twenty-one Initiatives have been undertaken by 7 General Practitioners and 14 Health and Social Care Professionals / Services in the areas of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Dementia and Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation across all 5 counties that make up the CHO area.
The standard of Initiatives is excellent and has not only had positive outcomes for service users and their carers but has also enabled services to drive improvement on a collaborative basis through multidisciplinary working. A number of measurable improvements in quality of care have been achieved including service users receiving care closer to home, improvements in their overall health and have increased confidence and motivation to self manage their condition.
The purpose of the Quality Improvement Initiative Celebratory event was to enable General Practitioners and Health and Social Care Professionals / Services to showcase the positive outcomes and tangible benefits that undertaking Quality Improvement Initiatives have had for their service users and their own practice. It was an opportunity for individuals and services to network and learn from one another’s experiences and share learning. Poster presentations on each of the twenty-one Quality Improvement Initiatives were on display and Health Care Professionals and General Practitioners were available to discuss their Initiatives and detail findings from their projects.
On the day Mr Ted Kellegher spoke about the Alzheimers Café Initiative in Sligo Town and the benefits of the café from a service user perspective. He explained how the service has helped reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease. It provides a safe place where people with dementia, their families, communities and professionals can come together to talk, share information and support one another". 250 people have attended the service over a 6 month period.
Ms Cara O’Neill, Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing Division, CHO 1spoke about the importance of Collaborative and partnership working, across CHO Area 1 stating:
"It is essential to have days such as this where we can showcase the tremendous work that is being done in the development of tools and ways of working to improve the quality of care given to those living with a Long Term Condition. I commend and thank all General Practitioners and Health and Social Care Professionals and Services for their hard work and dedication in undertaking Quality Improvement Initiatives that have greatly enhanced the standards of care for service users in our area."
Last updated on: 06 / 02 / 2020