NOCA Annual Conference 2020

February 12th @ 9:00AM
Desmond Auditorium, RCSI 26 York Street, Dublin 2

NOCA will host our Annual Conference on Wednesday 12th February 2020, in association with RCSI’s Annual Charter Week which will be held from the 11th - 15th February 2020.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Quality Healthcare: Challenging Perceptions’. How healthcare is delivered, managed, and funded is constantly evolving. We want to discuss the absolute necessity for the promotion and understanding of healthcare data that looks at the quality of care and outcomes for patients and goes beyond the traditional e.g. financial reporting and patient numbers on trolleys. If we want to transform our healthcare system, the use of data and how that is reported must also transform to challenge and change perceptions.

The event agenda can now be found below.

We are also hosting an optional session after the close of the main conference. This session, called The Complexity Science Simulation Game, will be hosted by our keynote, Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite.

OVERVIEW: You know all about the health system from your own standpoint, but do you wonder about what other stakeholders think and do? In this workshop, we will simulate what happens in the health system. You will be a participant and, alongside other participants, you will be asked to solve a challenging problem. Be prepared to be
surprised about how the health system works and doesn’t work, and for whom.

This session is strictly limited to 100 participants. To register your interest in participating, please complete the form here. Due to anticipated demand, places are not confirmed until you receive an email to advise you of same.

The session will begin at 16.45 and will take approximately 90 minutes.Refreshments will be provided.

    We have a varied programme of speakers and panellists, as well as the launch of two national reports for Major Trauma Audit and Irish National ICU Audit. We will have a sketchnotes artist, Philip Barrett, visually documenting the speakers and panel sessions. There will also be a number of healthcare exhibitors to interact with during the breaks.

    CPD points will be applied for from NMBI and RCSI.

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    Event Programme

    9.00Dr Brian Creedon, Clinical Director, NOCA - Welcome Address
    9.15 Dr Conor Deasy, Clinical Lead, Major Trauma Audit - LAUNCH: Major Trauma Audit National Report 2018
    9.40Colette Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, UL Hospitals Group - ‘That What is Measured Improves’ (Pearson) – UL Hospitals Story
    10.00Brendan Martin, Managing Director, Buurtzorg Britain & Ireland - Should we trust healthcare professionals?
    10.20 NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award 2020 - Top 3 submission Ricardo Paco, Trauma Audit Coordinator, St James’s Hospital
    10.30Panel Discussion
    11.35Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation & President Elect, ISQUA - KEYNOTE: Bending the quality curve - The long arc to safer, better care
    12.00Dr Rory Dwyer, Clinical Lead, Irish National ICU Audit - LAUNCH: Irish National ICU Audit Annual Report 2018
    12.20 Shaun & Gretta Fogarty - An ICU patient perspective
    12.35NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award 2020 - Top 3 submission Muhammad Moazzam Gulzar, Registrar Emergency Medicine, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin - Muhammad Moazzam Gulzar, Registrar Emergency Medicine, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin
    12.45NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award 2020 - Top 3 submission Helen Kavanagh, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, St James’s Hospital
    12.55Panel Discussion
    14.20Paul Reid, CEO, HSE
    14.50Arthur van Leeuwen, Journalist, Netherlands - Benchmarking hospitals in the Netherlands – lessons learned in a broader perspective
    15.10Professor Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems, DCU - Open data in healthcare - knowledge, control and accountability
    15.30Panel Discussion
    16.00 Collette Tully, Executive Director, NOCA - Presentation of NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award & Closing Address
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