Tallaght Hospital learns from the NHS at the Annual Clinical Audit & Quality Improvement Symposium

Dr. TapasMarch 31st 2017 Tallaght Hospital held its annual Clinical Audit & Quality Improvement Symposium today. The special Guest Speaker for 2017 was Dr. Tapas Mukherjee, Respiratory Registrar University Hospitals of Leicester, Clinical Entrepreneur and Innovation Fellow with NHS England. Dr. Mukherjee presented a talk entitled, “‘Against all odds’; a story about making good ideas work in the NHS.”

Dr. Mukherjee, also known as the Singing Doctor, started recording videos of himself singing about asthma care in order to increase awareness of the subject, becoming a YouTube star in the process. His songs focus on spreading medical information about asthma that he felt were not being properly communicated previously.

This annual hospital event, sponsored by the Meath Foundation, is an integral part of the support provided to staff in ongoing education, training and professional development within the Hospital. The symposium this year consisted of presentations by various professionals in the healthcare sectors, on subjects as varied as intensive physiotherapy, resuscitation, and neurology.

The symposium took place in the Trinity Lecture Theatre at the Centre for Learning & Development in Tallaght Hospital, from 8.30am until 1pm. In addition to Dr. Mukherjee, the Symposium was also addressed by Dr. Ronan Mullan, Consultant Rheumatologist at Tallaght Hospital, Ms. Ciara Scallan, Senior Physiotherapist at Tallaght Hospital and Dr. Petya Bogdanova-Mihaylova, Research Registrar in Neurology at Tallaght Hospital.

Michael Scanlan, Chairman, Tallaght Hospital said, “This year’s Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement Symposium was an excellent event and, as always, offered new and innovative insights into developments in the medical world. The line-up for this year’s Symposium was incredibly strong and included a range of expert voices from across a number of different areas. In addition, Dr. Mukherjee delivered an informative keynote address. I congratulate everyone involved in the organisation of this event, and thank all the speakers for being so giving of their time.”  

Mairèad Shields, Chairman of the Meath Foundation said, “This Symposium matches a key value of the Meath Foundation, which is to promote research and discussion in the world of medicine. I am delighted that this event was a huge success once again. The topics for discussion were hugely varied and I’m sure everyone in attendance took away some learnings from the morning.”


About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with 2,600 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght Hospital is one of two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght Hospital as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.  

The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 49,512 Adult Attendances and 33,717 Paediatric Attendances in 2016. A further 252,418 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2016. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.