Brain Smart: Start Minding your Mind

Currently, there are around 65,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. It is predicted that this number could reach 157, 883 by 2046 (O’ Shea, Cahill & Pierce, 2017). Dementia remains hugely undetected and under-diagnosed in Ireland. Internationally, we know that fewer than half of people with dementia ever receive a formal diagnosis. Receiving aContinue reading “Brain Smart: Start Minding your Mind”

Taking Our TEAM from Transactional to Collaborative

Working together as an integrated team, HSCPs (Health and Social Care Professionals) can achieve immediate meaningful change for patients by collaboratively influencing and shaping improvements in our services. As the Senior Speech and Language Therapist in the Acute Stroke Team, I was acutely aware of the life changing impact early intervention from HSCPs has onContinue reading “Taking Our TEAM from Transactional to Collaborative”

Covid-19: is Psychological Safety our secret weapon in teams?

Covid-19 is a threat to most teams and particularly to those delivering health care. Healthcare systems depend on teams working interdependently to coordinate safe care within a complex, high stakes work environment. So what gives some teams an edge over others? To understand this, we need to open the black box and recognise the nuancesContinue reading “Covid-19: is Psychological Safety our secret weapon in teams?”

HSCP Response During Covid-19

In acknowledgement and huge appreciation of the approximately 17,000 Health and Social Care Professionals who have given so much of themselves in meeting the needs of our population during the pandemic, we are delighted to share this HSCP poster. The poster documents key work contributed by HSCP over the past eight months. It is alsoContinue reading “HSCP Response During Covid-19”

Healthcare Education in the Time of COVID-19

The stark reality of COVID-19 hit as I, along with my classmates, were completing our final clinical placement, a moment that is usually seen as the beginning of the end of your physiotherapy degree. Looking back on college in the time of this pandemic, there were definitely positives and negatives. Commute time was drastically reduced,Continue reading “Healthcare Education in the Time of COVID-19”

2020: Stand Out Memories For Me

When we look back on 2020 in years to come, what will be our stand out memories? There will be a feature length episode of Reeling in the Years, that’s for sure! And there will be sad reminders of how many people lost their lives to COVID-19, how difficult it was for those working inContinue reading “2020: Stand Out Memories For Me”

The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part Two

Our first Blog described our experience of navigating the early stages of the pandemic and the critical work streams that needed to be established to enable us to begin responding to the challenges of COVID-19. Now, as we move from the initial response into the phase of longer-term accommodation and slow easing of restrictions, ourContinue reading “The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part Two”

The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part One

The past four months have seen inordinate change for the people with disabilities and families who use the services of St. Michael’s House. Widespread closure of schools, adult day and training services and respite have placed huge pressures on individuals and families. Clinical supports have been altered or ceased. Routines have been disturbed, much neededContinue reading “The Impact of Covid-19 on a Disability Service – Part One”

Jack Charlton’s Amazing Act of Kindness

Sitting on board an Aer Lingus flight in January 1996, I noticed Jack Charlton across the aisle from me. This was a significant flight for Jack, his final, emotional farewell voyage following his retirement as Manager of the Ireland team after nine great years in charge and three unforgettable major tournaments. I resisted the temptationContinue reading “Jack Charlton’s Amazing Act of Kindness”