WORK­ING LIFE

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Tr­ish Lane, di­rec­tor of clin­i­cal ser­vices, UPMC Whitfield, Water­ford 7.30am I drop my daugh­ter Tara to sec­ondary school, and my son Evan to work en route to the hos­pi­tal, which is a short com­mute from our home in Water­ford. 8.10am I meet with the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of nurs­ing and the di­rec­tor of qual­ity and pa­tient safety to en­sure ev­ery­thing went well overnight and that all is run­ning smoothly. We reg­u­larly have pa­tients ar­rive ahead of time so ad­mis­sions is very busy in the morn­ings. We have a mix­ture of in­pa­tients and day cases and our busiest spe­cial­ties are or­thopaedics — mainly hip and knee re­place­ment — and oph­thal­mol­ogy (eye surgery), as well as gy­nae­col­ogy and her­nia re­pair. Our pa­tients like that they can have their treat­ment close to home and don’t have to travel miles to Dublin or Cork. 9am The di­rec­tor of qual­ity and safety and I meet the clin­i­cal di­rec­tor to dis­cuss learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that arise from pa­tient feed­back. I li­aise with all the depart­ment heads on a daily ba­sis as I’m re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure they func­tion smoothly. 11am I head to the ra­dio­ther­apy unit where I meet a clin­i­cal spe­cial­ist ra­dio­ther­a­pist. We review the pa­tient path­way, from ad­mis­sion to dis­charge, to see if we can tweak it for im­prove­ments. Pre­vi­ously, UMPC ran the ra­dio­ther­apy unit but since they took over the en­tire hos­pi­tal ear­lier this year, we have more re­sources and more in­no­va­tion across the joint cam­pus. We have more than 50 con­sul­tants and 70 beds. 12pm I have a sand­wich on the run be­fore head­ing to an­other meet­ing where di­rec­tors of nurs­ing from pub­lic and pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the re­gion meet to dis­cuss how stu­dent nurses are far­ing. The meet­ing is chaired by Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy which has a clin­i­cal place­ment co-or­di­na­tor, re­spon­si­ble for al­lo­cat­ing the stu­dent nurses. We review out­comes for the stu­dents to en­sure their place­ments are meet­ing the col­lege cri­te­ria. 3pm I have a meet­ing on IT soft­ware. We plan to in­tro­duce a sys­tem that will al­low us do pre-ad­mis­sions on­line. Many pa­tients re­quire mul­ti­ple episodes of care, so it will help stream­line ap­point­ments. Our fo­cus is on elec­tive surgery. My back­ground is in surgery. Prior to join­ing UMPC Whitfield, I worked as a theatre su­per­vi­sor at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Water­ford. 6pm Ball­room danc­ing, waltz and jive, fill my down­time. I also love go­ing on hol­i­days.

“We reg­u­larly have pa­tients ar­rive ahead of time”

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