HSE Clinical Directors Programme Hosts First Clinical Director Conference

Embracing New Ways of Working: Looking after healthcare culture, team and self

Today, (Tuesday, 11th October 2022) the HSE National Clinical Directors Programme is hosting its inaugural conference, Embracing New Ways of Working: Looking after healthcare culture, team and self at Croke Park, Dublin. The event brings together clinical and non-clinical health and social care colleagues from all over the country to network, listen and learn new ways of working as Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) are introduced.

Dr Ethel Ryan, National Clinical Lead, HSE Clinical Director Programme said, “It is critical to make time and space for all key stakeholders to discuss the new ways of working through integration to facilitate the Enhanced Community Care Programme, Regional Health Areas and Sláintecare. Today’s conference will focus on how leaders and managers can support staff during these challenging large scale complex changes, and developing and sustaining cultures of high quality patient care.”

Attendees will hear from senior colleagues in the HSE, expert speakers working in integrated care, including the keynote speaker Professor Michael West CBE, of the Kings Fund UK, and also representatives from HSE teams around the country about the programme’s latest developments, and the first hand experiences of people benefitting from this programme.

Opening the conference virtually through a pre-recorded address, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD said: “Enhanced Community Care (ECC) is one of the most important structural changes we’re making in our health and social care service.

"It is allowing our healthcare professionals to work in new ways and innovate on behalf of patients. ECC gives local staff and leadership the tools they need to adapt service provision and innovate to meet the needs of patients and communities, with patients experiencing better outcomes as a result.

“Today’s conference is an opportunity for teams to further develop and lead existing and new innovations, ensuring that everything we do starts and ends with the patient.

“Thank-you very much for everything you’ve already done; thank you in advance for all your efforts in the coming months and years. I wish you all well with today’s conference.”

Speaking at the conference today, Colm Henry, HSE Chief Clinical Officer said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to challenge the capacity and capability of the health system, yet we have evolved and adapted new and innovative models of care to ensure the safe and sustained delivery of care to those in need. There have been a lot of lessons learned, which coupled with effective and consistent clinical leadership can positively impact the health and wellbeing of the population while building a stronger and more resilient health service as we move forward into the future.”

The conference provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and attend a range of sessions on HSE digital transformation in healthcare and innovation, as well as a workshop on ‘having difficult conversations’ and gain insights for self-care.

The first Clinical Director Executive Skills Programme was held in 2017 and has continued to run annually. At the last programme, Clinical Directors identified a need for an opportunity to meet and network. This evolved into today’s inaugural Clinical Director Conference, held in conjunction with the Graduate School of Healthcare Management, RCSI.

Last updated on: 12 / 10 / 2022