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Press Release

Minister for Health welcomes appointment of Mr Keith Synnott as National Clinical Lead for Trauma Services

Published: 17 June 2019
From: Department of Health

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today (Sunday) welcomed the appointment of Mr Keith Synnott as National Clinical Lead for Trauma Services.

The appointment of Mr Synnott is one of the immediate actions prioritised in ‘A Trauma System for Ireland’ and will provide an essential foundation for the implementation of that system. As recommended in the Report, Mr Synnott will lead the National Office for Trauma Services in the HSE and will be responsible for managing the implementation and oversight of the trauma system. The implementation will support a reduction in the incidence and the burden of trauma, significantly improve the survival rate of major trauma patients and ensure every patient receives the best possible standard of care in the most appropriate facility.

Welcoming the news today, Minister Harris said:

“I wish Mr Synnott well in this key role of driving progress and vital improvements in the quality of our trauma services, improvements that will ultimately result in better patient outcomes, more lives being saved and fewer people being left with a disability following severe injury. The implementation of the Trauma Strategy is a key deliverable of the Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 and I am delighted to see progress being made in this area.”


Notes to the Editor:

The Report of the Trauma Steering Group, A Trauma System for Ireland, was approved by Government in February 2018. The Report addresses the entire trauma care pathway – from prevention to rehabilitation – with pre-hospital emergency care, acute hospital care and rehabilitative care all having key roles.

The implementation of the recommendations of the Trauma Steering Group is a key deliverable of the Sláintecare Action Plan 2019.

Recommendation 36 of ‘A Trauma System for Ireland states that

“The HSE should appoint a National Clinical lead for Trauma Services reporting to the proposed Chief Clinical Officer once appointed, and the National Director of Acute Hospital Services in the meantime, to lead a National Office for Trauma Services and manage the implementation and oversight of the Trauma System.”

An implementation group has been established and is progressing the four immediate actions:

  • Orthopaedic bypass protocols
  • Selection of Major Trauma Centre for Dublin
  • Recruitment of National Clinical Lead
  • Detailed implementation planning.

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