National Fellow for Innovation and Change

National Fellow for Innovation and Change

Ivan Yuivan-pic

My name is Ivan Yu and I am delighted to be appointed as one of the Spark fellows for 2021-2022. I am a University College Dublin Medical graduate (2016) with a Masters degree in Evidence-Based Healthcare from University College London.

Having completed my internship in Connolly Hospital, I continued my medical training on the Paediatric Basic Specialist Training scheme and then transitioned into an academic role as a clinical lecturer with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Following my short stint in academics, I returned to clinical work and training on the Paediatric Higher Specialist Training programme. This fellowship role is one I am passionate about and believe it provides an excellent opportunity to support my fellow healthcare professional colleagues in promoting innovation. In the last year, healthcare professionals have demonstrated excellent ways to adapt to changing situations and come up with innovative solutions.

I believe those working on the ground are in a perfect position to recognise problems and provide solutions to make positive meaningful changes to our healthcare system for the betterment of our patients. I hope to help drive these changes and provide support to my colleagues.

Rachel McNamara

rachel-picMy name is Rachel McNamara and I am excited to be one of the National Fellows for Innovation and Change 2021-22. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2016 and I completed intern year at St James' Hospital, before returning to my native Limerick for Basic Specialist Training in General Medicine at UHL (with a few pit stops along the

I am a consistent advocate for doctors; having held national union positions, lead-trainee roles and generally striving for smarter, more streamlined healthcare processes. Although this year has been one of the most challenging in the history of our health service, I was proud to see the enormous capacity for innovation in our hospitals and the
resilience of our healthcare workers. Ireland's people deserve a healthcare system that is as hard-working and adaptable as its staff.

Through the Innovation and Change Fellowship and the Spark Programme, I look forward to harnessing the ingenuity and spirit of our healthcare workers to create a health service of which we can be truly proud.

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