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Health & Social Care Professions Day Feb 1st 2018

Guided by the People Strategy we plan to celebrate and acknowledge Health & Social Care Professions in our Health Service on 1st February 2018. This is a day to create awareness, visibility and celebrate the invaluable contribution of HSCPs in the Irish Health Service.

You will see further information on our HSCPs Hub by visiting and use the Hashtag #HSEHRHSCPs to capture events and celebrations on twitter.

We would love everyone to celebrate and join this exciting initiative.

Refresh Your Life: Resilience Workshop

Date:                   Monday 5th February 2018, 9:30am

Location:            Kilkenny

This one-day workshop is suitable for professionals of any grade working in Clinical Measurement Physiology.

The workshop aims to equip participants with the tools to deal with the inevitable stresses and strains of everyday life, both in the workplace and outside. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your life and learn what science has uncovered about becoming healthier, happier and more resilient.

Psychologist Shane Martin will focus on simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into your life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Workshop content:

SESSION 1. MINDING OURSELVES – Managing the very real stresses within the workplace.

SESSION 2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF "BOUNCIBILITY" – How to build resilience within ourselves.

SESSION 3: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: How to ‘refresh’ your life

THE FACILITATOR: Shane Martin C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.

Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ self-help psychology course has been delivered at community venues throughout Ireland. He has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness.

Shane is a leading psychologist within the area of education. He lectures part-time in DCU and has provided training to many businesses and health professionals throughout Ireland. Shane is a published poet of two collections - The Dark Room and Stilling the Dance of Time. He is currently working on his third collection entitled Thin Lines. His first self-help psychology book entitled 'Your Precious Life - How to Live it Well' was published recently. More information available on

Please see further details on flyer and application form here.

Contact Karen Dobbyn on


CPD Update

Registration is now open for the Neurophysiology Pediatric EEG. Please see flyer and application form attached.

There has been a lot of interest in this study day so early booking is advised.

Also a reminder that registration is also still open for the Cardiology BSE Prep Course.

Call for Abstracts for the 2018 IICMS Conference is closing 10th November.

Submit your applications for 2018 funding by the 23rd November 2017.


Call for Funding Proposals

This year we are calling on our members, hospital departments or other groups to put forward proposals for funding. There maybe a workshop or meeting that you wish run, for example and wish to apply for HSE funding support for this.

Attached please find the HSCP funding application form as well a brief guideline document on the process.

Submit your applications for 2018 funding by the 23rd November 2017.

Effective Representation Course

Please find attached details of the HSCP Effective Representation Programs 1 & 2.
The closing date has been extended to the 27th Oct 2017
It is a great opportunity for those involved in national committees.
Further info for dowload below.

Flyer 1 Flyer 2 Flyer 3


Resilience Workshop

Last few places remaining on the Resilience workshop on the 16th October in Kilkenny.

Booking closes 5th October 2017 at 5pm.

5th Health & Social Care Professions Research Conference


Wednesday 14th November ‘18

The Conference Centre

Dublin Castle

Registration will open in June ‘18

Admission is free

Call for abstracts to issue October ‘17

Abstract Call 2018 Conference

The conference will include keynote speakers, oral & poster presentations and research workshops

The executive of the Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science (IICMS) is now accepting abstracts for the IICMS annual conference, taking place on the:

13th April 2018,

Lyrath Conference Centre,


Guidelines for Abstract Submission:


1. Abstracts must be authored or co-authored by Clinical Measurement Physiologist.

2. Abstracts should be submitted via email only to

3. Closing date for submission is 10th November 2017.

4. All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.

5. All abstracts submitted online will be reviewed by the IICMS Executive Committee and notification of acceptance will be sent by email.

6. If accepted a 7minute presentation and 3minute question/discussion time will be given.

7. Abstracts that are not selected for presentation may be accepted as a poster presentation.


All accepted authors/presenters must pay a registration fee to attend the conference – this applies to oral and poster presentations.


Upcoming IICMS & Interdisciplinary Events

9th October 2017: Vascular workshop

Full Day Event: Program here

Venue: Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.



9th October 2017: Returning to work following maternity leave.

Half day event €10.00.

Venue: SCCUL Enterprise Centre, 1 Walter Macken Road, (off Castlepark Road) Ballybane, Galway. H92 RH32.



16th October 2017: Refresh Your Life: Resilience Workshop

Venue: Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny

Full Day Event: Workshop content:

Session 1. MINDING - Managing the very real stresses within the workplace.

Session 2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BOUNCIBILITY – How to build resilience within ourselves.

Session 3: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: How to ‘refresh’ your life.



13th November 2017: Returning to work following maternity leave.

Half day event €10.00.

Venue: MDM Room, Cardiac Renal Centre, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork.



16th November 2017: Reflective Practice Workshop

Full day event €20.00.

Venue: HSE Corporate Employee Relations Office. 63/64 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.



17th November 2017:  Save the date! Paediatric EEG Workshop

Venue Tallaght Hospital

Full day event: Program to follow



January 2018 BSE Preparation Workshop

Venue: Dublin

Full Program to follow.



13th April 2018: Save the date! IICMS Annual Conference

Venue: Lyrath Hotel & Conference Centre, Kilkenny

Full Program to follow

SVT Theory Exam 2017

SVT Autumn Theory Exam information available from the Vascular page

SCSC Healthcare Professionals Day 22nd September NRH

The SCSC Programme  are hosting an Information Day on Spinal Cord Injury for Healthcare Professionals which will take place in RTU on September 22nd, 2017.

Please see attached flyer with booking form and provisional programme included.

Early booking is advised as numbers are limited.


Positive Aging - Research Fund and Awards Call 2017

In order to help better inform policy responses to population ageing in Ireland, the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) has been established. The HaPAI is a collaborative partnership involving the HSE Health and Wellbeing Division, the Department of Health, the Atlantic Philanthropies and Age Friendly Ireland, with all partners recognizing the value of undertaking research to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of older people.

The Health Service Executive (HSE), Health and Wellbeing Division has published a ‘Healthy and Positive Ageing for All’ Research Strategy 2015-2019. The purpose of the Research Strategy is to support and promote research that aims to improve people’s lives as they age

Click here for further details:  Research Strategy 2015-2019

The HSE Health and Wellbeing Division is leading on the population-based Research and Data Mining activities of the HaPAI and a Research Fund and Awards Call.

As part of this initiative a Research Fund and Awards Call has been announced. The theme of the Research Fund and Awards Call in 2017 is ‘Health Inequities and Inequalities as we Age in Ireland’.

It is intended that outputs will help to inform policy and practice in order to improve people’s lives as they age.

Click here for further details: Research Fund and Awards Call on Ageing 2017

Save the Date!

IICMS Conference 2018

13th April 2018

Lyrath Conference Centre,



Refresh Your Life: Resilience Workshop Monday 16th October

This one-day workshop in Kilkenny is suitable for professionals of any grade working in any practice area within the following professions: Clinical Measurement Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Social Care, Radiography and Dietician.

The workshop aims to equip participants with the tools to deal with the inevitable stresses and strains of everyday life, both in the workplace and outside. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your life and learn what science has uncovered about becoming healthier, happier and more resilient.

Psychologist Shane Martin will focus on simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into your life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Workshop content:

SESSION 1. MINDING OURSELVES – Managing the very real stresses within the workplace.

Everyone experiences stress. In fact, we all need a certain degree of stress in our lives. It helps us achieve our goals. However, research indicates that poorly managed stress is bad for our health. In particular, we need to learn how to manage unhealthy stress. This type of stress can interfere with the quality of our work and impair relationships with our fellow colleagues and patients. Indeed, it can affect the quality of our life in general.

Often faulty thinking mechanisms and unhelpful belief systems make us more stressed than we need to be. We all can learn to become more rational and compassionate. By being more neutral, objective and fair-minded in our approach to life we find that we are less impacted by stress and enjoy life better. This seminar will focus on strategies that protect and help us manage stress better.

2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BOUNCIBILITY – How to build resilience within ourselves.

Life is an imperfect journey and crisis is guaranteed. Resilience is the ability to adapt to the challenges of work and life. It’s about bouncing back rather than falling apart. It’s about staying standing during the storms of life. If you are strong in resilience you have this ‘bouncibility’ and can harness your inner strengths and coping mechanisms. Through ongoing cutbacks and changes the intensity of ever increasing challenges is very real. More challenges may lie ahead. Science has uncovered specific traits/factors that can be utilised at work and in our lives in general. This seminar will explore the science of resilience and highlight evidence-based strategies linked to better outcomes during changes and challenges.

SESSION 3: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: How to ‘refresh’ your life

In recent decades research teams have started to examine positive emotion. This research has focused on what makes people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life and what measures that they can take to lead them healthier. It will outline ten evidence-based strategies linked to embracing a better quality of life. The hope is that it will uplift and inspire change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire participants to incorporate it into their homes, workplaces and communities.

THE FACILITATOR: Shane Martin C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.

Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ self-help psychology course has been delivered at community venues throughout Ireland. He has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness.

Shane is a leading psychologist within the area of education. He lectures part-time in DCU and has provided training to many businesses and health professionals throughout Ireland. Shane is a published poet of two collections - The Dark Room and Stilling the Dance of Time. He is currently working on his third collection entitled Thin Lines. His first self-help psychology book entitled 'Your Precious Life - How to Live it Well' was published recently. More information available on

Application: Contact Karen at

Non-refundable booking fee:


IICMS Members:

€10 HSE Employee

€20 Non HSE Employee


Non IICMS Members:

€25 HSE Employee

€35 Non HSE Employee

**As this is HSE funded training, priority will be given to applicants working in the publicly funded Health Service. Non- HSE funded applicants are also welcome to apply. Suitable applicants who are not allocated a place will automatically be placed on a waiting list and contacted if vacancies arise.


Masters in Human Factors in Patient Safety

This innovative Masters programme is delivered through the RCSI and designed to improve participant’s knowledge, skills and competencies in the areas of safety and error management, teamwork, leadership, decision-making, personal effectiveness, communication, and professionalism; with the aim of reducing error and harm and improving the quality of patient care.

The course is open to healthcare professionals involved in the care of surgical patients. This includes medical, nursing and allied health care professionals. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a health sciences field with a qualification achieved at the level of 2.2 honours, plus four years work experience in acute hospital care. All applicants must be currently working in the Irish acute hospital setting and involved in the care of surgical patients.

Flyer 1 Flyer 2

HSCP Interprofessional Conference 2017





























Postgraduate Diploma in HS Research Launched

The SPHeRE Programme is delighted to launch the Postgraduate Diploma in Population Health and Health Services Research.

This new diploma is delivered online. It is targeted at practicing medical and allied healthcare professionals, social workers, health systems managers and researchers working across the health sector who wish to develop and/or build on existing expertise in population health and health services research.

More information here

Business Case Masterclass for Acute Medicine

The Interdisciplinary Business Case Development Master-class dedicated to Acute Medicine unit clinical leads, HSCPs and Nurse Managers /  ADONs planned in association with the Office for the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director Mary Wynne has now been finalised.

It will take place between 09.00am and 13.00hrs, on June 13th 2017 at thr RCSI Institute of Leadership, Ballymoss Road, Sandyford, Dublin. (Dart line to Sandyford).

Flyer Timetable.

The programme was requested due to the urgent need for units to each develop business proposals which are supported by the unit MDT before submission to management. This should be very useful for anyone looking for funding associated with an acute medicine need associated with the ED or AMU/AMAU. Please sign up as soon as possible if interested as spaces may be limited.

2017 Funding

The funding available for 2017 is detailed below, application forms are available from and all workshops will be advertised on

This funding is available to all physiologist employed in the HSE.



  • Advanced Echo Workshop
  • BSE Accreditation
  • IBHRE Certificate




  • Sleep & Breathing conference
  • ERS International Congress




  • Upper Limb
  • SVTGBI Scientific Meeting
  • Revision for Theory Exams SVTGBI
  • Theory Exams SVTGBI
  • Practical Exam SVTGBI
  • Visceral Imaging
  • Vascular Conference





  • Paediatric EEG
  • PCPI Diploma





  • AGIP Masterclass in Good Practice - British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Upper GI High Resolution Manometry Training
  • High Resolution Anorectal Manometry
  • Dysphagia & Swallow Disorders Seminar


Refresh Your Life: Interdisciplinary Resilience Workshop

Workshop aims

The workshop aims to equip participants with the tools to deal with the inevitable stresses and

strains of everyday life, both in the workplace and outside. You will have an opportunity to reflect on

your life and learn what science has uncovered about becoming healthier, happier and more

resilient. Psychologist Shane Martin will focus on simple yet powerful practices that can be

incorporated into your life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion.

Workshop content:

• SESSION 1. MINDING OURSELVES – Managing the very real stresses within the workplace.

• SESSION 2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BOUNCIBILITY – How to build resilience within ourselves.

• SESSION 3: HEALTH AND HAPPINESS: How to ‘refresh’ your life


Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self-help psychology to empower

people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ self-help psychology course has

been delivered at community venues throughout Ireland. He has been a keynote speaker at national

and international conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness.

Shane is a leading psychologist within the area of education. He lectures part-time in DCU and has

provided training to many businesses and health professionals throughout Ireland.


Title Refresh your life: Resilience workshop

Date 9 May 2017

Duration 1 days

Cost €20

Location Dublin

Further Info


Upcoming HSCP Events



  • 12th Cochrane Conference Ireland 2017 - Details
  • Meta-analysis of Time-to-Event outcomes - Details
  • Public & Patient in Research Conference - Details
  • Statistics training courses - Details
  • Annual Research School - Details



The IICMS/Ambu® Clinical Physiologist of the Year Award

**Updated Form**

AMBU have provided us with an updated nomination form which is much easier to edit. It's a superb prize and in a relatively small field like clinical measurement everyone stands a really good chance so get those entries in!

AMBU Clinical Measurement Physiologist of the Year Award

To paraphrase the entry form, the award is in the form of a €500 prize to encourage any grade of physiologist who has ‘gone the extra mile’ at work. This can take any form, for example, improving patient satisfaction; improving patient/public participation; outreach and engaging with the potential future workforce (e.g. school/college/university healthcare science awareness days). Maybe they have set up a new service or a new way of delivering a service (e.g. one stop shop, home video-telemetry) or provided an outstanding teaching environment for the future workforce. The prize is a €500 voucher of the winners choice.

So get downloading that form and send one in for someone you think really deserves it. Maybe print some off and leave them in your waiting room or wave them under the nose of your referring doctors! The more entries, the better the quality of the winner and we want this to be a prize to aspire to.workforce (e.g. school/college/university healthcare science awareness days). Maybe they have set up a new service or a new way of delivering a service (e.g. one stop shop, home video-telemetry) or provided an outstanding teaching environment for the future workforce. The prize is a €500 voucher of the winners choice.

Special Offer for Cardiac Meeting Vienna

Discount available for EHRA Europace-Cardiostim meeting in Vienna this June. Here for further details.

Student to Practitioner events 2017 - Galway & Dublin

Attention Student Members!!! Please see below flyer and registration form for these excellent events aimed at final year students to prepare them for professional practice.

Flyer Registration Form

Constitution Changes Passed!

The changes to the IICMS Constitution were passed by a large majority. Thank you all for participating in the vote. A copy of the full amended wording as voted on will be circulated shortly.

ICE Meeting Change of Venue

Do to unforeseen circumstances we have now had to change the venue of the meeting. The BSE/ICE meeting will no longer take place at St James hospital, instead it will be held in the Davis Theatre located in the Arts Building of Trinity College.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin.

Registration for IICMS Annual Conference Open!

Registration for this years Annual Conference & AGM is now open here. The cost of registration remains at €25 euro for members or €15 for students which I think you will agree is excellent value.

Please note that your membership must be up to date to attend. You will be able to register but your fee will be returned and your registration cancelled once checked against the membership list.

There is accommodation available at the venue at very reasonable rates for conference attendees (mention that you are attending IICMS on booking.)

Provisional agenda below which we will update regularly if there are any changes or additions.

Registration will close on March 31st at 5pm so get registering as this is a sell out event!

Activity Based Funding Conference "The Quality Agenda"

This year’s Activity Based Funding Conference will take place on Thursday 11th May from 8.30am to 4pm at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.  The agenda will focus on how ABF can drive the Quality Agenda and the implications for Clinical Practice.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference is Mr. James Downey,  CEO Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IPHA) who is tasked with implementing Activity Based Funding Nationally in Australia, working in partnership with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to ensure that pricing, quality and performance measures for public hospitals are complementary.

Please hold this date in your diary and booking details will follow at a later date.

New National Health & Social Care Professions Office

The National Director of Human Resources, Rosarii Mannion, is pleased to announce the establishment of the National Health & Social Care Professions Office as part of the National HR Division. The primary focus of the Office will be to strategically lead and support the Health and Social Care Professions (HSCP) to maximise their potential and achieve the greatest impact for the design, planning, management and delivery of people-centred, integrated care, for the benefit of the people they serve.

The new Office will continue to provide organisational leadership to the HSE on all matters relating to the education and development of Health and Social Care Professionals. This service was previously provided by the HSCP Education and Development Unit which was in place from 2006 until 2016 under the direction of Jackie Reed, who is National Lead for this new National HSCP Office.

The main functions of the new  National Health & Social Care Professions Office  will be to enable HSCP leadership to  influence and deliver high quality, safe services at corporate and local levels of the Health Services and to coordinate HSCP input to the design, planning, implementation and management of services, in particular the development of integrated programmes and other service improvement programmes.

The Office will be a focal point for Health and Social Care Professionals within the public health system and will facilitate critical professional linkage between the HSE, the Department of Health, the HSCP Professional Bodies, HSE Services, HSCP Managers, CORU the HSCP Regulator, the Higher Education Institutes and other stakeholders.

It will also provide professional advice and observations on policy proposals across a range of Department of Health functions together with facilitating coordinated engagement with the Health and Social Care Professionals it serves.

The Office will develop and implement integrated strategic plans for the development of these professionals and the services they provide and input into the development of relevant national strategies and plans.

Its role will include the development of a strengthened culture of work based research and improved dissemination and translation of research findings into practice. It will also build on and enhance existing relationships with the Higher Education Institutes and research bodies such as the Health Research Board.

The new HR function will also model and support inter-professional learning and collaborative practice for integrated care and ensure that mechanisms are in place for on-going engagement with all stakeholders.

Further information about the work of the National HSCP Office and support and resources is available on the HSCP Hub on  or by emailing

IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

The IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting/AGM will take place on Friday April 7th at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. Last years event was a great success and was oversubscribed with very positive feedback obtained. The extra space provided by the new location allowed us to cater for many more companies and we hope to bring at least the same quality and quantity this year. A lot of work has already gone into the preparations but if you feel there is something you can add to the programme then get in touch!

Membership 2017 Due

The membership fee for 2017 is now due. This year we are unable to provide a combined IICMS Scientific Meeting/AGM + membership fee due the administration involved at an already busy time just ahead of the meeting. As attendance at the meeting is limited to members only please get your membership renewals/applications in as soon as possible to allow us to make the process as stress free as possible for everyone.

Membership renewal

Membership application

HSCP Research Conference 2016 Coverage

The recent HSCP research conference along with many other interesting articles feature in the HR December ’16 Newsletter which you can now read on the home page of the HSCPs hub under Whats Happening - Click here

EHRA Europace-Cardiostim 2017 - Abstract Call

The 2017 EHRA Meeting has extended it's deadline for abstracts to January 20th. This year for the first time there will be a HSCP specific category so please read attached flyer and submit if you are interesting in taking part in this major international meeting. Details here

HSE Service Plan 2017

The 2017 HSE Service Plan is available here. The service plan impacts directly on all of us working within the HSE so it's worthwhile having a look through it for anything that might apply to your area. From page 39 on is Hospital Care so that might be a good place to start. Enjoy!

Clinical Audit & HSCP

A workshop is being planned by the Quality Improvement Division to consult with HSCP involved in Clinical Audit. The aim is to let people know what is available, to check if people are satisfied with what they have and to encourage sharing of training & audit tools.

A date has not yet been set but if you are involved in Clinical Audit and would like to be included then contact Tanya Byrne by Wednesday 11th Jan ’17.


Practice of Professional Supervision Workshops

Course: Practice of Professional Supervision for Current Supervisors

Dates: 14th & 15th February, 4th & 5th April 2017

Location: Athlone

Course Background:

Practice of Professional Supervision for Current Supervisors – Four Day Workshop

This course is aimed at senior practitioners and managers whose responsibilities include the profession of professional supervision and are already engaged in their own regular formal supervision.

The workshop is for four full days.  Participants attend two days and then a further two follow up days 4-6 weeks later. Participants must commit to attend all 4 days. Participants are given activities and tasks to complete between the first and second workshop sessions.  Workshops include a mix of teaching, discussion, exercises, interaction and practice.  A strong emphasis is placed on experiential and interactive learning.  The target audience is senior and manager therapists who provide supervision in their clinical practice.

Workshop Facilitator:

Eileen O’Neill is the workshop facilitator.  Eileen O’Neill is a leading expert in the area of Professional Supervision in Ireland and has published extensively on the topic.

Course Content:

Theory around Professional Supervision (What is Professional Supervision, Importance of Supervision, Functions of Supervision, Challenges of providing or engaging in supervision)


  • Developing skills necessary for effective supervision
  • Analysing current challenges in relation to supervision and developing strategies with regard to addressing same
  • Frameworks and policies for professional supervision
  • Developing action plans for how to implement training into practice


Registration fee: Funding for this course will be covered by the HSE.  However there will be a non-refundable booking fee of €40 in order to secure a place.  Please do not submit payment until your place has been confirmed.

Booking by the 5th Dec 2016 - 6 places for IICMS available



Please note that this is not Practice Education (student supervision).


Download full course description here




Update from the HSCP AMP Implementation Group

A communication piece is now available from the health and social care professional implementation group working on the acute medicine programme. Please download here to view the full report which includes updates on:


  • The common screening tool
  • HSCP Managers Communication Network
  • Report on the survey of current service delivery
  • Refreshed and reinvigorated HSCPIG
  • Choosing our Key Performance Indicators
  • Links with other National Clinical Programmes


Practice Placement Education Event

This education event is being organised by DIT and will be held over Fri & Sat 13th & 14th January 2017. It is aimed at all supervisors who mentor students while on practice placement ranging from novice to experienced supervisors. It aims to be a comprehensive event to increase knowledge and skills in student supervision.

There will be an opportunity to meet with the joint DIT supervisors of final year projects. You will hear from two past students on what represents a good placement experience. An expert in the field will provide a practical time management session in the afternoon and the Friday will end with a wine reception and finger food, giving a networking opportunity for all.

Saturday morning is devoted to Clinical Assessments, Log Book & Case Study guidelines and the Clinical Training Manuals. This year will include guidance on topics and appropriate level of complexity for final year projects.

Download application form here and return to

Full agenda for download here


Forum on Integrated Care Newsletter

The recent CSPD Forum on Integrated Care took place on 18th October in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Some 380 delegates attended of which over 250 were front line staff. The theme was ‘Journey to Person-Centred Integrated Care: New Ways of Working’, exposing participants to new ways of working in the context of a person-centred, integrated care framework, and exploring how roles are developing nationally and internationally.

In case you didn't attend the event the National Clinical and Integrated Care Programmes have put together a newsletter with a overview of the event and this also includes links to videos of all the presentations that were given as well as to the 55 posters that were displayed at the forum and an additional 45 which were not. There is some really interesting stuff in here including some very innovative approaches by other HSCP's.

Link to newsletter

Improving Health - Research Driving Innovations in Healthcare

The 4th Annual Research Conference for Health & Social Care Professions is taking place in The Conference Centre Dublin Castle on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

View the flyer here

There are still a limited number of places available so go to hseland to register if you would like to attend.

Managing Health & Safety in Healthcare

The National Health and Safety Function have developed an online training programme entitled “Managing Health and Safety in the Healthcare Setting”. The programme provides managers with the appropriate information and guidance on the core responsibilities and action required to implement a safety management programme within their area of remit. This programme is mandatory for managers, department heads and all those with responsibility for safety health and wellbeing within the HSE (HSE Memo; Workplace Safety and Health Management, 28th September 2016) and is available on HSELanD.

To access "Managing Health and Safety in the Healthcare Setting" e-learning programme please follow the steps below.

Step 1: After logging in to HSELanD, click on My Learning

Step 2: Click on Learning Catalogues

Step 3: Click on HSE National Health and Safety Function Catalogue

Step 4: Click on Managing Health and Safety in the Healthcare Setting to enrol in the programme


20th Annual Stroke Conference - Call for abstracts

The Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke was established in 1997 and is dedicated to furthering excellence in stroke care in Ireland. The 20th Irish Heart Foundation Stroke study day will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th March 2017 in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin.

There will be an expanded conference programme in celebration of our 20th anniversary.  A number of key note speakers will present on Thursday afternoon followed by a drinks reception to which all delegates are invited to attend. The conference programme will continue on Friday 10th March and, in addition to the usual programme format, will include parallel sessions and guided poster tours. Full programme details will follow when speakers are confirmed, together with registration instructions.

Abstracts are now invited for POSTER AND ORAL presentations. Submissions on all aspects of stroke care are welcome.  Abstracts should be submitted online through the IHFStroke2017 web application.  A 300 word limit applies. Please do not use tables or figures.  References and ethical approval should be detailed in the ‘Additional Info’ section and will not contribute towards word count. All sections of the online application must be completed. Abstract guidelines are detailed in attachment below and on the above web application. Abstracts which do not adhere to these guidelines will NOT be considered.  Any technical issues can be directed to and more general conference queries can be directed to

PLEASE NOTE the earlier closing date for abstract submission of Friday 9th December 2016 at midnight.

Both research reports and practice/service development reports will be accepted. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are welcome.

Prizes will be awarded for best poster and oral presentation. The lead presenter may be from nursing, allied health professional or medical disciplines. Presenters must register and be in attendance at the conference to be eligible for awards. Consultants may submit and present work, but are excluded from eligibility for prizes.

Presenters will be notified of the outcome by Friday 27th January 2017 at the latest.

Abstract guidelines


Future of Healthcare - eHealth

On 14th of September 2016 Richard Corbridge (HSE Chief Information Officer and eHealth Chief Executive) and Yvonne Goff (HSE Chief Clinical Information Officer) attended the Oireachtas Committee on The Future of Healthcare.  The main focus of this committee was to hear about the progression in the last 18 months of eHealth Ireland. The eHealth Ireland team has thus far met all of the targets set in plan in the spring 2015.

The success of 2015 has released a small amount of additional funding to the HSE in this area after over a decade of what is considered to be under-investment. Richard Corbridge pointed out that the work being done in Ireland around clinical engagement has been recognised by the European Union, the World Health Organization and the NHS as having world class clinical engagement and leadership in many of its digital projects.

Read more on the roll-out of the individual health identifier (IHI) and the National Electronic Referral programme in the full article here


Abstract Deadline

A final reminder that 2nd September is the deadline for your abstract submissions for the upcoming Forum for National Clinical and Integrated Care Programmes.

They are looking for speakers with projects and activities that push the boundaries of current service provision, and demonstrate innovation in person-centred co-ordinated care, management and practice in Ireland.  Healthcare staff working on service improvement projects demonstrating examples of ‘new ways of working’ crossing professional, departmental and/or organisational boundaries, at local and/or national level, are invited to email abstracts for consideration.

There are nine short presentation slots available at the forum, so please don't forget to submit your abstract now.  Those abstracts not selected for oral presentation may instead be invited to submit a poster presentation.

This offers a unique opportunity to showcase projects and innovations, inform the national discussion and movement to integrated co-ordinated care, and develop networks for sharing learning and information.

Send your 250 word abstract to

Report from first Staff Engagement Forum

Link here to the preliminary report from the first meeting of the National Staff Engagement Forum which was held on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 in the F2 Centre, 3 Reuben Plaza, Rialto, Dublin 8. Staff from all roles, grades, age and geographic areas at all levels in the HSE and voluntary sector were invited to join the Forum which is designed to accurately reflect the current staff profile in the health service as shown in the 2015 Health Service Personnel Census. The Forum has 50 staff members from across health and social care services to ensure a proportional representation of staff and members form a strategic engagement leadership group committed to driving the change agenda.

Update from the National Acute Medicine Implementation Group

Link here to an update from the national acute medicine implementation group chaired by Paul Nolan. These are interesting times for HSCP's so have a read and stay informed!

Legal Training for HSCPs

La Touche Training are now offering a wide variety of in-house legal training programmes addressing the specific legal issues, challenges and concerns facing Health and Social Care Professionals today. 
These training programmes meet specific legal training needs and equip health and social care professionals with the knowledge and skills to carry out their role with confidence. 
For more information click here for a more detail on the courses available.

IRC Interdisciplinary Research Workshop for Health

Taking place on September 16th in Galway, the aim of this focused workshop is to facilitate the creation of long-term interdisciplinary networks for health‐related research, with the target of securing European funding under the upcoming H2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Work Programme (2016/2017).

One of Ireland’s key industrial strengths is in the MedTech Sector. With 13 of the world’s top 15 medical device companies based in Ireland, employing over 25,000 people, the economic and societal value of this sector to Ireland Inc. cannot be overstated. Much of this success has been achieved through close collaboration with Irish academic research institutions, bridging the inter-sectoral gap between industry and academia. However, interdisciplinary gaps within health research in Ireland still exist. Irish universities have been successful in securing funding for health-related research in recent years but the funding landscape is changing, with a growing requirement for truly interdisciplinary research. To date, the majority of interdisciplinary research within Irish institutions has occurred on the basis of personal relationships between academics, often in a piecewise manner.

The workshop will:


  • Highlight areas of strengths across the disciplinary divide
  • Identify opportunities to enhance health-related research through interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Facilitate network creation with the aim of developing detailed plans for collaborative submissions to the upcoming H2020 Health calls in the area of Personalised Medicine
This is an excellent opportunity for those already engaged in research or for those looking to get involved and obtain funding and network. Full programme and registration here


Abstracts for Past, Present & Future of Medicine Conference

The Society for Acute Medicine in association with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, are jointly hosting the Past, Present & Future of Medicine Conference on the 12-13 September 2016. The inaugural SAM President, Professor Derek Bell, now President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, views the Conference as giving SAM the opportunity to promote acute internal medicine internationally to a wider audience and help promote benefits for all patients.

The programme offers the opportunity to focus purely on acute internal medicine but there is also a focus on aspects of elderly care, endocrinology, respiratory medicine or cardiology. The Society welcome healthcare specialists from all continents, from doctors in training to senior consultants and academics, nurses, AHPs and pharmacists. There are reductions in the delegate registration fee for doctors in training as well as AHPs, Nurses & Pharmacists.

The submission date for abstracts is 10 July if you want to share your data as an oral presentation of 10 minutes or present 'a wee shorty', lasting only a few minutes or have a poster on display for the duration of the conference.

More info here

Extending Closing Date for HSCP Research Conference

***The closing date for submissions for this conference has been extended to July 18th***

This research conference is taking place in the Conference Centre, Dublin Castle on Wednesday  16th November ’16.  Previous conferences have been oversubscribed and 150 delegates are expected to attend. This conference has been a major success in the past 3 years providing HSCPs with an opportunity to show-case and share the research that is going on in our health services.The title of the conference is  ‘Improving Health – Research driving innovations in healthcare’ and it is being held on Wednesday 16th November ‘16 at the Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.

Registration will open in September 2016. The conference will include keynote speakers, oral & poster presentations and research workshops. More details here.

Change of date for Spirometry Day at Naas Hospital

The date has been changed for this study day. Please see Respiratory page for details.

Future Leaders Programme for HSCPs

A Future Leaders Programme for HSCPs will commence on Monday, 26th September, 2016. This programme is being run in conjunction with the RCSI and there are 25 places available. Please find below available for download.

1.           Programme Outline

2.          Programme Brochure

All modules will be held at the office of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ballymoss Road, Sandyford Industrial Est., Dublin 18.

The closing date for return of applications to the undersigned is Thursday, 23rd June, 2016.

For queries contact Eileen Walsh on (091) 775317

Activity Based Funding Event

The Healthcare Pricing Office are holding an education event in NUI, Galway on Wednesday 25th May. There will also be a live stream for those unable to attend in person. For more details on the agenda and format of the meeting and to register click here

Healthcare Management Masters Programme

Applications are being sought from experienced managers directly employed by the HSE, for a limited number of Masters Degree Programmes in the area of Health Management.

A limited amount of dedicated funding has been made available to encourage research into Healthcare Management and the development of Management Practice and Leadership in the HSE.

Applicants will be required to select a Health Management Masters Programme, with emphasis on active research, which would improve workplace management and/or management practice.

Selection criteria will include;


  • Course relevance
  • Line Manager’s recommendation
  • Applicant’s management experience
  • Funding of previous qualifications
  • Geographical equity


Please Note:

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday May 27th, 2016: Applicants, if successful, will be required to secure a college place on their chosen programme.  This is a 2 year scholarship.

Shortlisting may take place, depending on number of applications and will be based on the above criteria.  Application forms are attached, can be accessed via or requested through HR Leadership, Education & Development, contactable as follows.

HSE HR Leadership, Education & Development Email Contact Telephone Number 01 8817038 / 8817085

Merchants’ Quay Dublin 8

Final decisions on scholarship allocation and funding will be made by a committee including Leadership, Education and Development representation from CHOs, Hospital Groups and Corporate functions.

Decisions made by the committee will be final.

Application form here

Interprofessional CPD Conference

An interprofessional CPD conference for health and social care professionals will be held on May 28th in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Full details here

Masterclass in High Resolution Manometry of the Upper GI Tract

Announcement of a HRM Masterclass to be held in the Radisson Hotel, Galway in June. Full details from the GI Faculty Page

Are you coming to the IICMS Conference on Friday

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 IICMS Conference this Friday in The Sheraton Hotel Athlone. The agenda for the day, along with your discipline breakout agenda is available below, to give you an idea of the timings for the day.

  • IICMS Conference Program
  • Faculty of Cardiology Breakout Session
  • Faculty of Neurophysiology Breakout Session
  • Faculty of Respiratory Physiology Breakout Session
  • Faculty of Vascular Physiology Breakout Session

Bag collection is from 8.30am with arrival tea & coffee and the talks starting sharply at 9.20am. This year again, we have a great turnout with over 90 people attending keeping the numbers up year-on-year and promising a great day of interaction with all our colleagues from all the Clinical Measurement disciplines from around the country.

We have 13 company supplier supporting our conference (biggest support from industry so far) and without them we would be able to keep the conference rate as low as possible so please remember to visit their stands in the coffee breaks.

For those staying in the hotel tomorrow night, some delegates are meeting for drinks in the bar at 9pm if anyone would like to join for informal catch-up prior to conference.

Look forward to seeing you all, IICMS Executive Committee


Applications now open for Diploma in Leadership and Quality

Launched in 2011, this hugely popular one-year diploma has been jointly developed by the HSE and RCPI. It forms part of the National Quality Improvement Programme, a joint partnership to build quality improvement capacity and capability in the Irish healthcare system.
The Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare is a nine-month programme that will teach you how to formulate and lead quality improvement initiatives in the workplace. It is designed for senior healthcare professionals and managers.
Through the practical application of tried and tested techniques, you will discover that improved outcomes are within your grasp and that quality improvement methodology, when applied to a healthcare setting, is a powerful force for good. Previous Diploma graduates have seen theory and methodology translate into tangible, measurable outcomes such as quicker access to care, fewer adverse events, cost savings, reduced length of stay and more prudent use of resources.
The healthcare quality movement in Ireland continues to grow in strength thanks to an enthusiastic, rapidly expanding network.
When you complete the Diploma, you will join our vibrant network of graduates, who regularly collaborate with the wider quality improvement movement in Ireland and internationally to share knowledge, insights and experiences - all in the best interests of patients and quality of care.

For further details and to apply visit the RCPI Website


15 days to go until the IICMS Conference

There are only 15 days left until the IICMS Scientific Conference.  Time is running out so, register today and rejoin for 2016 by clicking on the Membership Renewal/Conference section.  Registrations for the day are ahead of last year, when we had to close registration early so do not be left disappointed.  If you are already a member, email and we can email you a PayPal request.

Not sure how to get to the conference directions here


Finalised Program for the IICMS Conference released

The finalised program for the IICMS Conference has been released.  The conference is being held on Friday May 6th on the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone.  Remember there is no registration on the day, so if you wish to rejoin, visit the Membership Renewal/Conference section.  If you are already a member simply email to receive a link to pay the conference fee only

Click here to download the full program.


Further details of IICMS Conference announced

Further details of the IICMS Conference in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone have been announced.  Speakers confirmed for the meeting which will take place on Friday May 6th include

  • Mr Sherif Sultan - Vascular Surgeon
  • Dr Conor Kerley - Dietician and recent successful PhD candidate
  • Stephen O'Neill - IMPACT

There will also be a debate on whether

  • the Institute should focus on advancing clinical science rather than pseudo-scientific concepts such as leadership and risk

The motion will be proposed by Dr Gerard King and opposed by Paul Nolan and we are looking forward to an interesting and thought provoking debate.

The hotel are offering a special overnight rate for the Thursday 5th of €55pps in a double/twin room, with €85 for single occupancy, including breakfast.

The early bird offer of combined membership and registration fee of €50 is extended to April 22nd.  After this the conference fee will increase to €40.  Also remember last year the conference closed to registration 10 days before the get registering now!


Funding available for Post-Grad in Gastroenterology

Great News

The IICMS has been successful in securing funding for a distance learning post graduate degree in Gastroenterology through the Queen Mary University of London. This is an 18 study course with a  commitment to a further 2 year work commitment in GI Physiology. Please familiarise yourself with the HSE contract and if you are interested, please fill in the forms to Trish Lawlor before 19th April 2016.

These need to be processed ASAP in order to apply to the university for placement in September 2016, and secure funding from the HSE in time.

Access the application form here

Access the HSE Learning Contract here


ONEeHI eMagazine released

The national eHealth Project continues apace and a full day workshop with clinicians, administrators and stakeholders took place recently in Cork.  The project team have released an eMagazine reflecting the output of the day.  This can be accessed here


Instagram first for IICMS

We were surprised but delighted to see Mauriano Bautista proudly displaying his 2016 IICMS membership on instagram.  Have you renewed yours?

IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM - Friday 6th May

Our annual meeting takes place on the 6th of May at the Sheraton Hotel Athlone. This is an exciting change of venue for this year and we hope to bring you a fresh new programme to match. As always your input on topics or speakers would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact your faculty representative as soon as possible if you have something to present as we hope to roll out early-bird registration and a provisional programme shortly.

Irish Cardiac Physiologist co-authors journal article

Congratulations to Paul Ryan, Senior Cardiac Physiologist in the Mater Hospital in Dublin who has co-authored an interesting ICD case report which was published recently in the Heart Rhythm Journal.  The case highlights some key learning points.  More details on the Cardiology Faculty page

8th Electrical Therapies for the Heart meeting - Sat 30th January

The 8th Electrical Therapies for the Heart Meeting will take place in the Academic Centre, Connolly Hospital, Dublin.  Registration will commence at 830 with a breakfast buffet and the first talk will begin at 9am.  This extremely popular meeting is open to doctors, nurses, cardiac physiologists, allied health professionals and anyone with an interest in electrophysiology. Sessions will concentrate on atrial fibrillation, devices and genetics.  There will also be a session entitled "EGC's (Electronic Gift Cards) for ECGs", where people can attempt to baffle the experts with their ECGs, prizes for the best ones.

The event carries no attendance fee but the orgnaisers state that admission only be granted in exchange for an ECG or intracardiac electrogram.

For the full program click here


Practice Educators Day, Wednesday January 13th

A study day for those involved in practice education of Clinical Measurement students will take place in the DIT (Focus Building, Camden Row) on Wednesday January 13th. An updated agenda for the day is available here and the registration form is here.


New Diploma in Population Health and Health Services Research

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this short questionnaire which will help to determine the potential need and module topics for a new diploma in population health and health services research. It is targeted at clinicians, allied health professionals and population health/health service researchers and policy makers and will be jointly awarded by TCD, UCC and the RCSI.


Seminar Notice: Health Behaviour Change Research Group, Thurs 12 Nov

Dr Colette Kelly of Health Promotion, School of Health Sciences, NUI Galway will deliver the HBCRG's next seminar at lunchtime on Thursday 12th November in G065, located on the ground floor of the Psychology building NUIG.

Colette’s talk will focus on Nutrition from infancy to adolescence – a health promotion perspective

Colette is a registered nutritionist (Public Health) and a lecturer in Health Promotion in NUI Galway. Her research primarily focuses on young people’s dietary habits, food environments and  body weight concerns. The importance of nutrition in the early years and associated research plans will also be discussed.

All are welcome! Please feel free to circulate to colleagues and contacts who may be interested in attending.

For more information on the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, please see HERE

CPD Funding

Some faculties still have funding available for CPD activities. Go to your faculty pages or contact your faculty representatives for more details. Contact details here

HSE Open Access Research Awards - Closing date approaching

To acknowledge the Open Access research output of professionals in the Irish health services, Lenus, the Irish Health Repository and the HSE’s Open Access Advisory Group are holding 2015 HSE Open Access Research Awards.

To be eligible for the award you will need to:

Be working for the HSE, on behalf of the HSE or in the Irish health system.

Have published and made openly (freely) accessible a piece of published research within the last 24 months.

Have published research which identifies a health service improvement.

Open access to health information has been proven to increase citation and impact, and can lead to the translation of research into better outcomes for patient care. The winner will receive a specially-commissioned piece of glass.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 23rd October 2015.  Successful applicants will be announced on December 11th, 2015.

More info and link to submission here

Quality Improvement Events hosted by RCPI

The RCPI are holding a number of events for healthcare professionals on Quality Improvement.  These workshops will guide participants through the key skills and knowledge required for improving quality in healthcare. These will be one day workshops beginning in October 2015.

These workshops are listed below;

•         Introduction to QI in Healthcare – 8th October 2015
•         Defining your project – 5th November 2015
•         Using data for improvement –  18th November 2015
•         QI Project Management-  11th December 2015
•         Flow and Waste-  14th January 2016
•         The Science of Patient Safety – 10th February 2016
•         Making change happen- 10th March 2016
•         Developing Governance in Quality – 6th April 2016

•         Leading for Improvement  - 5th May 2016

Link to booking here

A series of evening events are also being held - These events will take place in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland beginning in October 2015. The aim of this series is to explore different perspectives of quality in healthcare both nationally and internationally. Details and booking for the first event here and the second here


CORU Standards of Proficiency Consultation

CORU is seeking your feedback on its draft Standards of Proficiency for Education and Training. Information available here.

Details of the Cardiac Clinical Physiology Meeting at the ICS

Details of the 16th Cardiac Clinical Physiologists Meeting at the Irish Cardiac Society on the 9th of October have been finalised.  For further details visit the Faculty of Cardiology page.

IICMS Bursaries still available

Just a reminder, as announced at the IICMS Scientific Meeting, that the IICMS still have two Bursaries available in each of the faculties of

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Vascular

The GI and Neuro Bursaries have already been taken up.

There is

  • €100 available to support attendance at a National meeting
  • €250 available to support attendance at an International meeting

IICMS Bursaries are only available to paid up members....another reason to complete the application form and join the IICMS.  See further terms and conditions further down this page.


Faculty Page Updates

Please check your faculty pages regularly for updates on what is happening in Cardiac, GI, Neuro, Respiratory and Vascular.


Health Research Board

Link to HRB Ezine available here


CPD Officers Network host interdisciplinery CPD day

On June 22nd there will be an Interprofessional CPD Conference being coordinated by the CPD Officers Network. The link for registering for the Conference is here


Nominations - Council of Clinical Information Officers

A Council of Clinical Information Officers has been established to provide clinical governance to the delivery of eHealth solutions and in particular the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Programme.    Its role is primarily as an advisory group, supporting the primary governance and oversight provided by the Office of the CIO and the eHealth Ireland committee.

It is composed of a wide clinical leadership, and those with hands-on successful programme delivery experience in the Irish healthcare system.  There are deep and diverse experiences and perspectives represented on the Council which will support the development of national level programmes such as Electronic Health Record (EHR) Programme and the eReferral programme.

Its membership is open for ongoing nominations and interested applicants are required to support the strategic aims of the healthcare organisation by taking particular responsibility for:

Ensuring clinical adoption and engagement in use of technology
Driving continuous clinical process improvement focused on patient outcomes and efficiency
Developing clinical Information that supports and enhances organisational reform

The Council meet quarterly and the focus of the Council to date has included:

  • Oversight of the EHR Programme and Scope
  • Sharing known international best practice on programme implementations and intelligence on the EHR market capabilities
  • Guiding how EHR may be led by our clinical communities
  • Ensuring an overall integrated approach is adopted with other programmes in place Other input and advice

The council members and other health staff throughout the HSE are beginning a programme of work to embrace the use of social media to create a support network for themselves as the HSE moves to implement the eHealth Ireland strategy.

Initially the group will be using twitter and other social media resources against a hash tag of #eHealth4All as a mechanism for communicating in a transparent manner about the benefits, challenges and successes of eHealth in the health service.

Interested candidates should send an email to, and include an up to date CV and letter of interest.


Atrial Fibrillation Recurrence Lower with CPAP

CPAP use was associated with a significant reduction in the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to an analysis of data from past research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Maybe an area of joint research or at least a topic for next years IICMS Meeting.  For further detals click here


National Office of Clinical Audit Conference

The National Office for Clinical Audit are holding their inaugural conference on the 18th of May in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.

To donwload the full agenda click here


Report of HRB Researcher Stakeholder Consultation

Please see below a link to the independent report that emerged from the HRB/Department of Health facilitated Research Stakeholder consultation held on the 11th March 2015. We would also like to draw your attention to other relevant reports and information on the HRB website including the HRB’s own submission in relation to the new SSTI strategy


IICMS announce Bursary Scheme for members

If you needed another reason to join or re-join the IICMS, at the Annual meeting a Bursary Scheme to enable members to attend both National or International meetings/learning events was announced.  There are Two Bursaries per discipline available annually for members:


  • €100 to attend a local National meeting
  • €250 to attend an European / International meeting


The IICMS bursaries are available to paid up members only

Successful applicants applying for bursaries will be required to write a reflective piece of work on the event attended (500 words) for the IICMS newsletter. This must be received by the IICMS committee no later than 2 weeks following the course/meeting.

Payment of this bursary will be made upon receipt of relevant documentation (e.g. confirmation of registration/subsequent attendance and the reflective piece for publication in newsletter)

Where reflective articles are not received within one month of attending the course/meeting the bursary will not be paid. Payment will not be paid to candidates who fail any associated examinations.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.

The committee’s decision is final.

Please send completed forms to:

Emma O’Rourke, IICMS Treasurer, Respiratory & Sleep Diagnostics Dept, Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath


Health Research Board announce Cochrane Review Course

The Health Research Board have opened applications for a number of two-day Cochrane Review courses which are being held around the country.  Applications for the courses close on May 11th 2015.

The aim of the Cochrane Training Courses is to build awareness and capacity in conducting and using systematic reviews in the island of Ireland. The HRB and the HSC Research & Development Division in Northern Ireland (HSC R&D Division), in association with the Training Team of Cochrane Ireland and the UK Cochrane Centre, offer the traditional two-day course and a new suite of one-day courses on a number of dates in 2015.

Further details and links to the application process are available on the HRB website


IICMS Registration now closed

Due to oversubscription for the IICMS Scientific Meeting - registration is now closed.  Registration will not be available on the day


IICMS Scientific Meeting - finalised program

The program for the IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting which will be held on Friday April 17th in the Aishling Hotel, Dublin has been finalised.  The program for the day can be downloaded here and we would encourage you to print it off and display it in your department.  The breakout sessions for the individual faculties will be finalised shortly.

There are only seven more days left to avail of early bird special registration, which will combine both our annual membership fee (lasting until Dec 31st 2015) and the conference fee, of €50.  To avail of this offer please click  to visit the Membership Renewal/Conference page.  Note this offer will only last until March 31st after which date the conference fee and membership will cost €55.

If you have already paid your membership fee for 2015, simply email quoting your membership number and we will email you a PayPal link for €25.

If you are a current full-time student and wish to attend please email us with your name, contact details and the year you are in and we will email you a PayPal link for €10 to cover the cost of lunch.  We would strongly encourage you to become a member of the IICMS by filling out the form in the membership section - it is free for full time Clinical Measurement Students

Sword Medical User Training Day - reminder - Thurs May 21st

Sword Medical wish to remind you that they are holding a free User Training Day on Thursday 21st of May (deferred from February) in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.  This is a free event and has been awarded CPD points.

The agenda which will be of particular interest to those working in the areas of Respiratory, Vascular and Cardiology is shown below.

Over the past few months Sword have been planning to include some ‘surprise’ guests/products for the Cardiology and Respiratory faculties on the day.  The following have been confirmed

  • Dr Brendan Cooper (UK) has agreed to come to the meeting to present on the Pneumacare, Structured Light Plethysmograph system.  The Pneumacare system will also be available for people to see and try out on/for themselves.
  • Bedfont Scientific have a specialist coming to present on the latest NICE guidelines for FeNO testing and will also have their NOBreath device available for people to see and try out on/for themselves.
  • Mortara have a patented QuickPrep™ electrode application device which is extremely efficient at ensuring proper patient site preparation, hook-up & impedance checking on electrodes prior to Cardiac Stress/CPET testing.  This device has led to huge reductions in retesting of patients.


Whilst the event is free, attendees must register, before March 31st, by emailing with the following info

  • Name
  • Hospital
  • Department
  • Contact number and email
  • Accommodation Required?


IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting - April 17th 2015 - register now

The Annual Scientific Meeting of the IICMS will take place on Friday 17th of April in the Aishling Hotel, Dublin 8, the same venue as last year's very successful meeting.

This years meeting will include talks on Professional Negligence and Indemnity, Quality in Practice, the Emotional Burden of Illness and Discipline specific break-out sessions.  There will be also brief presentations, showcasing new technologies.  The feedback from last year's event was excellent and the venue is only 600metres from Heuston Station and the Heuston Luas Stop, for those using public transport.  For those driving, there is ample parking in Heuston Station for €8 for the day or there is parking in the hotel for €2 per hour.

As in previous years there will an early bird special registration, which will combine both our annual membership fee (lasting until Dec 31st 2015) and the conference fee, of €50.  To avail of this offer please click  to visit the Membership Renewal/Conference page.  Note this offer will only last until March 31st after which date the conference fee and membership will cost €55.

If you have already paid your membership fee for 2015, simply email quoting your membership number and we will email you a PayPal link for €25.

If you are a current full-time student and wish to attend please email us with your name, contact details and the year you are in and we will email you a PayPal link for €10 to cover the cost of lunch.  We would strongly encourage you to become a member of the IICMS by filling out the form in the membership section - it is free for full time Clinical Measurement Students

We would encourage you to download the flyer and display it in your department


4th Annual Syncope Training Day - St James Hospital

The 4th Annual Syncope Training Day, will take place on Friday 20th March 2015, in the Durkan Lecture Theatre, SJH.  This day will have talks from emminent Cardiologists, Neurologists, ED Physicians and will be extremely popular, therefore apply early as places are limited.  This day will be of interest to those working in Vascular, Neurophysiology and Cardiology

Download the full program here
Enquiries –
Bookings -

Joint BSE/ICE Meeting, March 14th

The annual Joint BSE/ICE meeting will be held on Saturday 14th March in the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.  The meeting will start at 930 and finish at 4pm.  There are 5 BSE accreditation points available for the meeting.  There will be session on

  • Systemic diseases and the heart
  • Congenital Heart Disease and the Right Heart
  • Cardiomyopathies

The fee is €60 if you pre-register with €90 on the day. The full program is available to download here and pre-registration is via the BSE website


Date for your diary - 17th of April

Put it in your diary now - the IICMS AGM will be held on April 17th, in a Dublin venue.


Maynooth University offer €2000 Entrance Prizes

There are sixty Taught Masters Entrance Prizes now open for applications across all Departments of the University. Successful applicants will be awarded a €2,000 prize to support their Taught Masters study. Applicants will be required to meet the minimum entry requirements of the Masters programme and to achieve a minimum 2.1 result in their final undergraduate overall degree result. Full details available on the Maynooth University website.


A New Year Reflection

I started in this profession in the early seventies. I was taken on to learn electronics. However I was ordered, under the starched white coat regime of consultant law, to take pressure measurements at the end of a catheter which at the time was a daunting prospect. Watching this  small bicycle tube like device dangling from an untidy groin and connected to a flexible tube, to a transducer, gave you a sense of awareness that the wave forms coming from the subject was a sign of life you had not seen before, other then breathing, speech and physical movement. Allied to this was the heart beat and the only P and Qs I had to watch before was my neglected right to make a comment.  The pressure measuring device was an old Cambridge recorder. I was a title-less innocent and still reeling from the Christian brothers (Was it a mortal sin to see a groin).

From this early primitive existence I was transformed by some good mentors, like Dr Geary, Walsh, Maurer and Prof Matt Hussey, of the DIT, all individuals I worked with who loved the pioneering approach, by engaging with the advancing technology. However the word technician held on, possibly because it reflected at the time a degree of technical support to the almighty (Consultant). Now at least I’m still working and rejoice in the achievements of Physiologists at the forefront of their game, who through hard work have moved the profession forward. It would be great to be young again in this profession and to start not from the primitive but from a firm base of professionalism. Congratulations to all our colleagues on the new and well deserved title of Physiologist.

To quote Christopher Hitchens: "Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way."

Dr Gerard King, PhD, Cardiac Physiologist


Happy New Year!.....Membership Renewal Time

Happy New Year to everyone!!! The time has come to renew your membership to the IICMS for 2015! As stated in the newsletter, unfortunately membership numbers were down in 2014 but 2015 promises a huge range of CPD events & our yearly Scientific Conference in April 2015.

By joining your professional body, you will get first notice & access to attend these CPD events and will receive IICMS emails & newsletters first!

After Feb 28th 2015 you will no longer receive emails notifying you of events, vacancies or other information from the IICMS.  Also remember that IICMS members get priority booking and discounts on CPD events. Remember membership year runs Jan - Dec so earlier the join the better!

To join, please see the membership section to pay via PayPal. Please fill out form completely so we have your most up-to-date details.

(Please note: Payment is not a sign that membership is approved, all membership applications go through IICMS Exec Committee for approval 7 once approved, 2015 membership cards will be sent out).

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please download the application form and send along with a cheque for €25 to Emma O'Rourke, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, MRH Mullingar, Mullingar.


Official - we are now Clinical Measurement Physiologists

The IICMS is pleased to announce that the discipline of Clinical Measurement Technicians has been officially renamed as Clinical Measurement Physiologists and we have achieved full recognition of the BSc in Clinical Measurement Science, with the IICMS being the body to advise on equivalency of other qualifications.  The individual titles, now acccepted and signed off by the HSE are

  • Respiratory Physiologist
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Physiologist
  • Gastro-intestinal Physiologist
  • Vascular Physiologist
  • Neurophysiological Measurement Physiologist

The IICMS is writing to all CEO's, hospital managers and HR departments but please find below the letter which you are welcome to bring to the attention of the relevant people in your hospital.  We have also attached the official documentation from Barry O'Brien, National Director of Human Resources in the HSE.

Download the IICMS letter re regrading here

Download the Chief I/II Grade Clinical Physiologist Qualifications here

Download the Senior Grade Clinical Physiologist Qualifications here

Download the Basic Grade Clinical Physiologist Qualifications here


Acute Medicine Program Update

The latest update newsletter from the Acute Medicine Program H&SCP Implementation Group is available here.