Health Services hosts Conference on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

A two day conference on Quality and Safety in Healthcare took place on Monday 14th April at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Dublin Airport. The conference is conjointly hosted by nine key health service organisations; The Health Services Executive Office of Quality and Risk, Clinical Indemnity Scheme; Healthcare Risk Managers' Forum; Health Services National Partnership Forum; Irish Clinical Audit Network; Irish Health Promoting Hospitals; Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurance Ltd; Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. The conference theme is Leading and Managing: together we can provide a safe quality service for all. 

The conference aims to promote safe, quality patient care, promote a safe environment for all employees and share best practice and information on quality and safety. This is the first time in Ireland that so many organisations have come together to host a joint conference on quality and safety.

The opening address will be delivered by Prof. Anne Scott, Deputy President, Dublin City University.

Key speakers include Mr Andrew Kelly, CEO Irish Blood Transfusion Services, Mr Turlough O'Donnell, Senior Counsel, John Campion, Executive Director, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, ESB, Jim Easton, Chief Executive, York Hospitals NHS Trust and Prof. Des O'Neill.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion. The panel will include Mr. Dermot Smyth, Dept. of Health & Children, Dr. Deirdre Madden, from the Patient Safety Commission, Ms. Hilary Coates, HIQA, Ms. Patricia Gilheaney, MHC, Mr. Martin O'Halloran, HSA and Ms Edwina Dunne, HSE.

Prof. Brendan Drumm, CEO of the HSE will deliver the closing address.

Ms. Edwina Dunne, Head of Quality and Risk, HSE commented "this conference will present a panel of international and national experts in healthcare, risk management and safety along with patient representative groups. It will provide an opportunity for healthcare managers and those working in quality, safety and risk management to share best practice. We will continue to work to improve quality and safety in patient care and for our employees"

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For more information contact:
Dymphna Bracken, Area Communications Manager
HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster
Ph: 057 935 9795 / 086 815 7222

Last updated on: 15 / 04 / 2008