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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

Published: 28 June 2019
From: Department of Health

Introduction

The Steering Group for the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services is chaired by Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University.

The aim of the National Review is to achieve optimal patient outcomes at population level with particular emphasis on the safety, quality and sustainability of the services that patients receive by establishing the need for an optimal configuration of a national adult cardiac service.

In terms of scope, the National Review will cover scheduled and unscheduled hospital-based services for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease in adults.

The National Review will conduct its business by:

  • generating key questions on which rigorous systematic reviews of the evidence will be undertaken using internationally recognised methodology
  • consulting with the public and relevant stakeholders – including a call for submissions
  • identifying international best practice
  • carrying out a number of site visits
  • analysing data on existing services and populations

In addition, an International Reference Panel comprised of international experts will be formed to provide an independent peer review. These measures, taken with the relevant professional and patient input, will ensure that the National Review is comprehensive and of the highest quality standard.

Read more in the Steering Group's Modus Operandi, Conflict of Interest Policy and Terms of Reference.

Steering Group Membership

The Steering Group is comprised of 15 members (in addition to the Chair), consisting of patients, relevant health professionals, senior HSE management and senior departmental officials. Collectively, the Group has expertise in clinical provision, service management, service policy, clinical effectiveness and patient safety, public health and patient experience.

    Member Position Nominating Organisation
    Dr James Crowley Incoming President, Irish Cardiac Society Irish Cardiac Society
    Dr Geraldine McMahon Consultant, St James' Hospital, Dublin Irish Association of Emergency Medicine
    Mr Jim McCarthy Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mater Hospital, Dublin Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Dr Peter Wright Director of Public Health, North-West Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
    Ms Sharon Donohue Cardiac Physiologist, St. Vincent's Hospital Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science
    Ms Tanya King Director of Nursing, Mater Hospital Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery
    Dr Brendan McAdam Consultant Cardiologist, Beaumont Hospital Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
    Dr Ken McDonald Clinical Lead NCP for Heart Failure Health Service Executive
    Professor Ivan Casserley Consultant Cardiologist, Mater Hospital Health Service Executive
    Dr Pat Nash Clinical Director, Saolta Health Service Executive
    Ms Celeste O'Callaghan Principal Officer, Policy on Acute Hospitals, DoH Department of Health
    Dr Sinéad Donohue Deputy Chief Medical Officer, DoH Department of Health
    Dr Kathleen Mac Lellan Director, National Patient Safety Office, DoH Department of Health
    Ms Lucinda McNerney Member of Sudden Cardiac Death Council Irish Heart Foundation
    Mr Frank McFall Cardiac Transplant Patient Irish Heart Foundation

Progress Updates

Progress Update 4 - National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

The Steering Group met on 11th November 2018 and 25th January 2019.

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Progress Update 3 - National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

The Steering Group met on 28th September 2018.

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Progress Update 2 - National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

The Steering Group met on 25th May and 29th June 2018.

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Progress Update 1 - National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services

The Steering Group met on 30th January, 26th March and 30th April 2018. The meeting planned for 1st March was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions but work was progressed via email.

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Meeting Minutes

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

12th November 2018

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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

28th September 2018

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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

29th June 2018

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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

25th May 2018

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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

30th April 2018

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National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

26th March 2018

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1st March 2018 – Cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services - Summary of Steering Group Meeting

31st January 2018

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The Public Consultation is now closed.

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