2018 Update on Implementation of HIQA Recommendations
In May 2012, HIQA published its report into the quality, safety and governance of care provided to acute patients admitted to Tallaght Hospital. This report was concluded following an 11 month inquiry into matters covering scheduled and unscheduled patient access into the hospital, with a particular focus on the hospital’s leadership, governance and management processes. There are 76 recommendations, seven of these are local recommendations which relate specifically to Tallaght Hospital, two of which are matters for the Department of Health. 43 are national recommendations to be implemented by all hospitals, including Tallaght Hospital with the remaining 26 national recommendations falling under the remit of the Department of Health (DoH) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) or Special Delivery Unit (SDU).
This briefing note highlights some of the key actions taken to date and planned actions arising from the recommendations in the 2012 report, focussing particularly on specific issues to Tallaght Hospital. The full report is available here.
Tallaght Hospital Quality Report 2016
The 2016 Quality Report highlights the Hospitals commitment to providing patients with the highest possible standards of care across three key areas: Quality, Safety and Risk Management. As part of its patient-centred culture, staff at Tallaght Hospital are committed to the development of initiatives which not only ensure the delivery of consistently high quality service but also potential improvements to services. Underpinning the Hospital’s supportive, open and learning culture, staff are actively encouraged to voice any concerns and flag potential risks where appropriate. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.
Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2016
Tallaght Hospital has released its 2016 Annual Report which shows that despite a significant increase in numbers attending the Emergency Department (ED). The Hospital successfully maintained its positive Patient Experience Times (PETs). While adult ED attendances rose by more than 9% (4,100+) to 49,663 in 2016 compared to 2015, half of patients were discharged within six hours and almost three quarters (72%) were discharged within nine hours. These rates were in line with 2015 figures, demonstrating that the Hospital is maintaining its high standards despite increased demand. You can access a full copy of the report through this link.
Tallaght Hospital Caring for the Future - Clinical Services Strategy 2016-2018
Tallaght Hospitals three year Clinical Services Strategy, outlines service development priorities aimed at achieving improving health outcomes for the patients the hospital serves for the next three years. The Strategy focuses on how the Hospital can best contribute as part of the Dublin Midland’s Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group. The report can be accessed through this link
Tallaght Hospital Patient Survey Programme 2016 - January 2016
As part of its longstanding commitment to patient advocacy and ensuring a high quality patient experience, Tallaght Hospital undertook a Volunteer-Led Patient Survey Programme involving extensive patient surveys of inpatients and outpatients in 2015 to gather patient feedback and use it to improve services. This is a copy of the Patient Survey Programme published January 20th 2016.
Tallaght Hospital Quality Report 2015
Tallaght Hospital has released its 2015 Quality Report which for the first time ever is separate from the Annual Report, highlighting the importance the Hospital places on quality assurance and improvement. This focus is aligned with both the Hospital’s ‘People Caring For People’ ethos and its ‘Zero Harm’ policy.
The report outlines some of the key services, initiatives and achievements which staff at Tallaght Hospital have undertaken in 2015 under the three pillars of Quality, Safety and Risk Management. It shows the value the Hospital places on having a patient-centred culture and how staff are encouraged to highlight incidents, raise concerns and escalate risks where appropriate. This is the true essence of a high quality learning healthcare provider such as Tallaght Hospital. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.
Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2015 - People Caring for People
The 2015 Annual Report shows significant reductions in waiting times across a variety of key services, including Stroke and Endoscopy. These improvements have been welcomed by Hospital management, as evidence of the continually improving standards at the hospital while acknowledging that further improvements in access times are required. The report highlights that the average length of stay for Stroke victims fell to a two year low and Tallaght Hospital retains one of the lowest mortality rates for Stroke victims in the country. In addition, waiting times for patients requiring Endoscopies decreased by 46%, leading to increased access to urgent endoscopy where required. The report can be accessed through this link
Tallaght Hospital Quality Improvement Plans - Infection Prevention Control
On December 2nd 2015, HIQA published a report with a series of findings and recommendations following an unannounced inspection on September 23rd to assess the hospital’s progress against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Acquired Infections. Since the visit, an infection control quality improvement group has been established to develop and implement a quality improvement plan to address the issues above. This table summarises the progress which has been made against this plan.
In September 2015, HIQA carried out an unannounced inspection of Tallaght Hospital in relation to our compliance with national standards for infection prevention and control. A number of recommendations were provided as part of this report. These formed the basis of a Quality Improvement Plan which can be found here.
Health Assets and Needs Assessment (HANA) Tallaght, - September 2015
Tallaght Hospital has committed to using the findings of a landmark report on community health in Tallaght over time to inform the future provision of its services as part of it wider community engagement strategy. HANA was co funded by the Adelaide Health Foundation and Tallaght Hospital, surveyed 343 households to capture the views of the residents on key health issues including mental health, chronic illnesses as well as access to, and use of, health services. You can access the report through this link.
Empeira Report - July 2015
Good governance is an important driver of good management, good performance, good stewardship of public funds, good public engagement and ultimately good outcomes for patients. Governance is an ongoing process which requires constant focus. The approach being taken in Tallaght Hospital involves robust systems and processes, ongoing vigilance and an open proactive learning culture. Towards the end of 2014, the Board adopted a comprehensive Code of Governance Manual which incorporated current best practice in corporate governance and published it on the Hospital website. It also adopted new bye-laws which provided for a staggered turnover among Board members and a limit on the time a person can serve on the Board (both of which accord with current best practice) as well as an increase from 9 to 11 in the size of the Board. In early January 2015, and again in line with best practice, the Hospital Board engaged Emperia to help it undertake an externally facilitated review of its own effectiveness. Emperia’s report was considered by the Board at its meeting of July 29th. The review confirms that overall the Board is working well but that it now needs to focus more on strategy and communications. To read the report click here
HIQA Implementation Progress Report June 2015
Tallaght Hospital has published the 2015 Implementation Report on the 2012 Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report into the quality, safety and governance of care provided to acute patients admitted to Tallaght Hospital. Of the 76 recommendations in the 2012 HIQA Report, 48 recommendations (five local and 43 national) are required to be implemented by Tallaght Hospital and are the focus of this update. Seven recommendations related specifically to Tallaght Hospital – five of which are the responsibility of the Hospital.
Many of these HIQA recommendations are now incorporated into the normal working of the hospital’s governance, leadership, management and clinical processes; with implementation of the remaining recommendations underway. A full copy of the report is available here
Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2014
Tallaght Hospital published its Annual Report for 2014 detailing the Hospital’s governance, performance and achievements. The Annual Report, entitled People Caring for People, reflects an emphasis on a patient centred approach to care as well as outlining the future direction of the Hospital in terms of capital investments and improved models of care. A full copy of the Report is available here
Statement of Financial Controls
'Statement of Financial Controls'
Annual Financial Statement 2016
Annual Financial Statement year ended 31st December 2016
Annual Financial Statements 2015
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2015
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2014
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2014
Tallaght Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual - February 24th 2015
Tallaght Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual