Annual Report: Nursing & Midwifery

The RCSI Hospital Group worked closely with National initiatives related to Nursing and Midwifery workforce planning. The midwifery ‘Birthrate Plus’ initiative saw the Hospital Group increase midwifery workforce with twenty three additional midwives funded and allocated to the Rotunda and three midwives with a Bereavement CMS deployed to Cavan General Hospital.

The Taskforce on Nursing staffing and skillmix required three sites to support the pilot implementation of a framework to support the determination of staffing and skillmix of the nursing workforce including healthcare assistant role in acute medical wards. Two of the three pilot sites were RCSI Group Hospitals, with Beaumont Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital also involved. By year end Beaumont had received an uplift of seventeen nurses and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital had untaken a process to convert agency nursing and HCA staff to permanent workforce. The pilot will continue into 2017.

As per Recommendation 5 from the HIQA Report of the investigation into the Safety, Quality and Standards of Services provided by the Health Service Executive to patients in the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, a Director of Midwifery was appointed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A Foundation Course in Critical Care nursing was developed and implemented in the RCSI Hospital Group in conjunction with the national Critical Care Programme. This has resulted in an increased number of new graduates and nurses, with minimal critical care experience, moving to work in Critical Care Units and general creation of a pathway for a career in critical care nursing. This programme is now being implemented nationally.

Pictured at the launch of RCSI Hospital Group Career Pathway at Connolly Hospital Oct 2016 were members of the RCSI Hospital Group Critical Care Nursing Workforce Planning Working Group- Catherine McArdle, Rinny Joseph, Eleanor Lowth, Melissa Bonifacid, Caroline O’Donnell, Kevin Sharkey, Derek Cribbin, Caroline Fitzpatrick, Sharon Leavy, Maria Dacalos, Sudha Thangaraj, Luxy Joseph, Janeth Barte, Una Quill.

RCSI Group retained 82% of their 2016 nursing and midwifery graduates in permanent employment. This was an increase on 78% in 2015.