Press Release

Minister Reilly announces Dr. Frank Dolphin as Chairperson of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

Dr_Frank_DolphinThe Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, today, Friday, 18th October, 2013 announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Dolphin as Chairperson of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

The Minister said “I am delighted that Dr. Dolphin has agreed to accept the role of Chair of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. He has invaluable leadership experience and knowledge to bring to this vital role. His appointment is another key step in the transformation of our hospital services whereby hospitals will no longer work in isolation from each other but will provide services to patients as part of a network. This will allow for improved services, delivered in a safe environment and as close to the patient’s home, as possible.”

The Dublin Midlands Hospital Groups comprises St James’s Hospital; Tallaght Hospital; Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore; Naas General Hospital; Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise and the Coombe Women & Infants Hospital.

The link with an academic partner, in this case Trinity College, Dublin, provides for a formalised arrangement maximising the potential for innovation, research, education and training all of which will be to the benefit of patients.

It is the Minister’s intention to announce the appointment of Chairpersons to two remaining hospital groups, Dublin North East and South/South West shortly. The Department of Health will enter into discussions with the Chairpersons with a view to appointing the other Board members as soon as possible.


Notes for Editors

Key benefits that will arise as a result of the establishment of groups include:

  • Stronger governance and management structures at the hospital level;
  • Managed competition which will lead to more cost effective care and the removal of duplicated services;
  • A concentration of complex services at particular hospitals in order to ensure quality;
  • Efficiencies through the avoidance of duplication in areas such as HR and finance.

Quality, patient safety, access and value for money are the principles on which current health policy is based. Within that policy, health services aim to provide efficient and effective care, as close to the patient’s home as possible, with a view to improved health outcomes and satisfaction for patients. It can be difficult to achieve the necessary reform while hospitals exist in isolation from one another. The formation of hospital groups will allow the group to manage their own affairs and operate with maximum autonomy. It will also ensure that the treatment required by patients is received at the most appropriate level in the most appropriate and safest setting.

The New Children’s Hospital is to be located within this group’s geographical area, on the St.James’ Hospital campus although it will have a separate governance structure and the existing Dublin paediatric hospitals will operate as a separate group.

Biographical Notes

Frank Dolphin MA. PhD. AFBPsS. C.Psychol. FMII.

Dr. Frank Dolphin is the chairman of Rigney Dolphin, a successful services business with centres in Waterford, Derry and Cleveland OH.

A native of Birr Co Offaly he attended UCD, where he completed a PhD in Psychology. Dr. Dolphin worked as a clinical research psychologist at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and later as consulting Psychologist to St Joseph’s Clonmel, working with children in residential care. He subsequently lectured at Trinity College Dublin and at Waterford Institute of Technology in Psychology and Consumer Behaviour.

Dr. Dolphin is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

In August 2010 the Minister for Health and Children appointed him Chairman of the Health Service Executive. In December 2011 he stepped down as Chairman. He subsequently chaired the Ministerial Review Group to advise on the location of the National Children’s Hospital in 2012, the Dolphin Report. He is Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group on the National Children’s Hospital project which is the external reference panel to provide support and advice, when required.

He is a former Chairman of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple St., and served on the Board of Governors of the Mater Hospital. He is also a former President of Waterford Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of Waterford Institute of Technology.

In 1990 he established Rigney Dolphin initially providing strategic and change management consultancy services to multinational companies. The company grew to provide a range of Business Process Outsourcing services for companies in the public, private and health sectors. It was one of the first companies to receive the Deloitte ‘Best Managed Company’ Award. In 2012 both he and his wife and business partner Adrienne Dolphin were short listed for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Earlier in 2013 they announced the establishment of a joint venture company in the US – Relate Care – providing hospitals and health groups with a range of clinical and contact centre solutions to improve the efficiencies of their patient management processes.

Rigney Dolphin is also an active participant in the Health Innovation Hub at UCC and is a lead member of Applied Research for Connected Health Group – ARCH.