February 06 @ 16:00pm

Focus on quality data at NOCA Annual Conference 2024

The NOCA Annual Conference 2024 was held on the 6th February, in association with RCSI Charter Week. The event saw over 400 healthcare professionals, managers, researchers and patients advocates gather for the eighth NOCA Annual Conference. The day was filled with insightful discussions, innovative presentations, and valuable networking opportunities.

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This year, the conference theme was ‘Quality Healthcare Data in Ireland - A Revolution or an Evolution?’. Dr Brian Creedon, NOCA Clinical Director welcomed attendees on the day.

This is our eighth NOCA Annual Conference and I think it is wonderful to see such a broad cross-section of healthcare professionals, managers, patient advocates and the wider public at this event. Everyone working together to see how we can use data to improve the healthcare we provide and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

The theme sought to look at how our healthcare system is under constant change and transformation, meaning data collection is becoming more intricate. With that is the challenge to foster opportunities for more pragmatic improvement in how we provide healthcare, and to be able to do it in the here and now.

The NOCA Annual Conference 2024 served as a platform for collaboration and innovation. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with experts from various fields and explore cutting-edge advancements in clinical audit and quality improvement.

Diverse Perspectives and Insights

One of the highlights of the conference was the diverse range of perspectives and insights shared by speakers. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the fields of clinical audit and quality improvement across diabetes data, artificial intelligence in healthcare, population health, learning health systems, and digital health transformation happening across the health service, as well as hear a firsthand account from patient advocate, Jay Hickey, who is living with Type 1 Diabetes. These diverse perspectives enriched the discussions and underscored the importance of patient-centered care and collaborative decision-making in healthcare.

With over 400 attendees, this year's conference saw excellent attendance and engagement from the diverse audience. Attendees were actively engaged throughout the day, participating in panel discussions, voting for the NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award 2024 winner, visiting the poster presentations, and networking opportunities with exhibitors and sponsors aimed at driving positive change in healthcare.

Further details on the NOCA Quality Improvement Champion Award 2024 and the NOCA Poster Competition can be found here.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the success of the NOCA Annual Conference 2024, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support and enthusiasm of our attendees, speakers, poster presenters and exhibitors. The event would not have been possible without their dedication and commitment to advancing clinical audit and quality improvement in Ireland.

Huge thanks again to our sponsors NEC, DMF Systems, Medicall Ambulance Service and EIDO Healthcare for their support for this event.

Looking ahead, we are excited to build on the momentum generated by this year's conference and continue our efforts to drive innovation and excellence in healthcare.

Copies of the powerpoint presentations, as well as recordings from the day are available below.

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Missed the morning session of the NOCA Annual Conference 2024? You can catch up on all the insightful discussions and presentations by accessing the video recording here. The afternoon will be uploaded shortly.

Below, we have shared the Powerpoint presentations we have permission to share. Click on the presentation title to view.

Powerpoint Presentations

Professor Sarah Wild Professor of Epidemiology, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh & Lead, Scottish Diabetes SurveyThe benefits and challenges of population-based diabetes registers for audit: a Scottish perspective
Dr David Higgins PhD Life-sciences entrepreneur and math/AI technology expertAI in Translation: Moving from Lean Startup to Quality, Validated Products
Dr Conor Judge Senior Lecturer, Applied Clinical Data Analytics, University of Galway & Consultant Nephrologist, University Hospital GalwayUse of AI Natural Language Processing in the HSE
Dr Jennifer Martin Director of National Health Service Improvement, Public Health, HSEEstablishing Health Regions - A population health approach to delivering care that meets the needs of people living in Ireland
Ricardo Paco Service Improvement Lead in the Lean Transformation Office, St James’s HospitalImplementation of Electronic Clinical Pathways (ECP) for Patients Presenting with Hip Fractures to the Emergency Department in St. James’s Hospital
Ann Marie Burke Nursing Practice Development Co-ordinator, Older Persons Service, Midlands / Laois / Offaly / Longford / Westmeath, CHO8Think Drink! – The Coloured Jug Hydration project
Marie Richardson Senior Pharmacist, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, DroghedaTo examine post-operative pain management on an acute Orthopaedic ward
Carol Walsh and Emer O’Sullivan Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Acute Medicine, and Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Manager, Bantry General HospitalReducing rates of hospital acquired venous thromboembolism in Bantry General Hospital
Majella Daly National Centre for Clinical Audit Assistant National Director, National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, HSEGetting Clinical Audit right, in the shift left
Dr Emer Ahern Clinical Orthogeriatric Lead, Irish Hip Fracture Database & National Clinical Advisor & Group Lead Older Persons, HSE10 Years of the Irish Hip Fracture Database
Dr Lucy Chapman SpR, Geriatric Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital & St Mary’s Hospital Phoenix ParkEmbracing the Electronic Record in Healthcare: an NCHD’s Experience
Dr Tom Foley Clinical Lead, Integrated Community Case Management System, HSERealising the potential of Learning Health Systems
Professor Richard Greene Chief Clinical Information Officer, HSEHealthcare data – Strategies and Initiatives to assist the Evolution

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