Press Release

Emergency Department Taskforce Unscheduled Care Forum “Perspectives from the Frontline”

The Emergency Department (ED) Taskforce Unscheduled Care Forum “Perspectives from the Frontline” took place at Dublin Castle on 4 September 2018.

The purpose of the forum was to provide front-line staff from across the health care services with the opportunity to share their views, experiences and suggestions on how further improvements in managing the unscheduled care journey of patients through the health care system can be made.

A number of presentations were made by health care professionals, which can be found here:

  1. National Ambulance Service – Martin Dunne
  2. Northdoc Medical Services – Dr Mel Bates
  3. Housecalls and Nursing Homes – Dr Robert Scanlon
  4. Unscheduled care – The Challenges and Opportunities in Radiology CUH – Trish Murphy 
  5. Paediatric Emergency Medicine – Dr Ciara Martin
  6. The Benefits of FIT Teams Operating at the Front Door in Acute Hospitals – Paul Maloney
  7. Building a Model Line for Frailty in IEHG – Fiona Keogan, Dr. Emer Ahern
  8. Home FIRsT : One Year On – Aoife Dillon
  9. Optimising Rapid Access Clinics as an Admission Avoidance Option – Dr Des FitzGerald
  10. The Role of the Assistant Director of Nursing for Patient Flow – Andrea Kelly
  11. Integrated Working For Improved Patient Outcomes: Discharge Planning – Mary Conlon, Mary Quinn
  12. Unscheduled care forum, Ennis Hospital September 2018 – Patricia O’Gorman
  13. Optimising CIT / OPAT in Acute Hospitals for admission avoidance and early discharge – Lorraine Myler
  14. Brief review: Older Persons’ Integrated Care Team, Community Healthcare East – Emer Nolan
  15. Nursing Homes Support Scheme 2009 – Patricia McDermott
  16. Perspective from the Frontline: Enablers for Improvement: RCSI HG – Ian Carter 


The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, delivered closing remarks at the forum and his speech can be found here.

For more information in relation to the Emergency Department Taskforce, please visit the HSE website