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Workforce Resilience and Implications for Health System Reform - Learning from Austerity and COVID-19
Through a joint collaboration between the Research & Development and Operations Planning, HSE and in association with Foundations’ and RESTORE research projects, Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin, this virtual learning event will explore trends in Ireland’s publicly funded health service workforce, from the global financial crisis, through the Recovery period and into the COVID-19 pandemic, to understand resource allocation across community and acute settings. Specifically, it will examine whether skill-mix and staff capacity are aligned with policy intent and the broader reform agenda to achieve universal access to integrated healthcare, in part, by shifting free care into primary and community settings.

Mar 30, 2023 01:00 PM in Dublin

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Pádraic Fleming
Research Fellow, Centre for Health Policy and Management @Trinity College Dublin
Dr Pádraic Fleming has worked as a health services researcher for two decades across public, academic and voluntary sectors - including the HSE. In November 2020, Pádraic commenced work on the RESTORE (Resilience to Reform) project in Trinity College Dublin, Centre for Health Policy and Management. Since then, he has led three peer-reviewed publications related directly to the health system resilience – a systematic review of metrics used to measure health system resilience, another focusing on Irish workforce trends in Ireland from 2008 to 2021, and another examining legacy issues faced internationally as a result of the 2008 economic crisis and how this impacts workforce resilience for future health system shocks. He is also co-leading a TCD/HSE-NDTP research partnership on workforce planning.
Steve Thomas
Edward Kennedy Professor of Health Policy and Management, Centre for Health Policy and Management @Trinity College Dublin
Professor Steve Thomas is the Edward Kennedy Chair of Health Policy and Management and the Director of Health Policy and Engagement for the School of Medicine. He is also a Health Research Board Research Leader with his RESTORE programme, focussed on health system resilience and reform. He has a wealth of international experience in policy oriented research and post-graduate teaching and education in government and academia over the last 26 years. His research interests include health systems evaluation, health financing, health economics and health policy analysis, and workforce planning and motivation. He led the Trinity team in support of the Oireachtas Committee for the Future of Healthcare and its production of Slaintecare. He delivers Health Economics, Health Policy and Health Systems teaching on various post-graduate programmes. He served for ten years as a co-Director of the national SPHERE PhD programme which has successfully trained over 65 PhD candidates. Steve Thomas.jpg
Philippa Ryan Withero
Assistant National Director, National Human Resources @HSE
Dr Philippa Ryan Withero is Assistant National Director HR, with responsibility for Strategic Workforce Planning and Intelligence. Bringing together workforce intelligence, through robust data collection and analysis, with the developments in strategic workforce planning and forecasting. Leading all employment reporting, workforce analytics and projections for the health service. Led out the first National Safe Nurse Staffing Framework, underpinned by the a national programme of safe nurse staffing research, in her role as Deputy Chief Nursing Officer with the Department of Health. Recently led the first collaborative project with the ESRI to further develop the Hippocrates Model to project workforce demand across Acute Hospitals. Philippa has almost 30 years of experience in the Health Services, in a variety of roles spanning nursing and midwifery, human resources, operational, educational and policy, working nationally and internationally on key workforce projects.