67th IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2019 - Satellite Sponsored Symposium

Improving Services in Chronic Disease Management for Older People

Exploring the strategic direction for chronic disease management in Ireland

A Satellite Symposium sponsored by:  

Dear Colleagues

We hope you are all looking forward to joining us in Cork from September 26th to 28th for our society’s  67th annual autumn meeting.  It promises to be an exciting, educational and informative few days.

We are joined in partnership at our annual meeting with our colleagues from South/Southwest Hospital Group, and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. University College Cork is our academic partner for this meeting.

This year, it is intended that the satellite symposium - which will be held in the conference venue - will be open also to non-delegates (including General Practice and Primary Care).  We anticipate that the theme will draw a large and engaged audience. Reservations will close as soon as bookings reach capacity. Early booking is recommended.

Each year at our annual educational symposium we take a specific area of care and focus on it in more detail.  This year the symposium will focus on the strategic direction for chronic disease management in Ireland.  We are very grateful to the local organising group led by Dr. Suzanne Timmons and Dr. Kieran O'Connor for their support of the Scientific Committee in organising the programme for this symposium.

A special acknowledgement and thanks and to our Platinum Sponsor, Novartis, for their support of this event.

This unique symposium will be of interest to the broad range of disciplines involved in providing immediate and follow-up care to people who have chronic conditions.  It promises to be an informative, and interesting evening.

Diarmuid O'Shea. President. Irish Gerontological Society


Programme

Improving Services in Chronic Disease Management for Older People

Exploring the strategic direction for chronic disease management in Ireland

Conference centre, Silver Springs Clayton Hotel. 19.30-22.00. Thursday 26th September 2019

In addition to conference delegates, this symposium welcomes local GPs, Primary and Allied Health Care professions.

Online booking  for non-conference delegates (only)  is available at this link. 

Buffet served 19.30-20.00

 
Chair: Dr. Kieran O'Connor.  Geriatrician, Mercy University Hospital and St. Finbarr's Hospital Cork

  • Optimising Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care (focus on diabetes).  Prof. Colin Bradley. Chair of Dept. of General Practice, University College Cork
  • Time to Clear the Air: COPD & Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy (ICS).  Dr. John Cullen. Consultant in General Internal and Respiratory Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital
  • COPD Outreach in Improving Quality of Life for Older People.  Ciara Hanrahan. Senior Physiotherapist, COPD Outreach and Oxygen Assessment Unit Mercy University Hospital, Cork
  • Strategic Direction for Chronic Disease Management in Ireland.  Dr. Colm Henry. Chief Clinical Officer, HSE & Consultant Geriatrician Mercy University Hospital, Cork
  • Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

 


Biographies

Prof. Colin Bradley. Chair of Dept. of General Practice, University College Cork

Optimising Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care (focus on diabetes)

Colin Bradley was appointed as the foundation professor of general practice at University College Cork in 1997.  The Department of General Practice, which he heads, has extensive involvement in the teaching of medical and other healthcare students in the areas of social sciences, communication skills, basic clinical skills, and primary care as well as clinical family practice.  His principal research interests are in the areas of prescribing in family practice, antimicrobial stewardship, chronic disease management, diabetes care and multi-morbidity.  He has sat on a number of national committees including the Commission on Benzodiazepines and the Cardiovascular Strategy Review Group. He is a former chair of the UK and Ireland Drug Utilization Research Group and a former Chief Editor of the European Journal of General Practice. He is a member of the Board of the Mercy University Hospital, Cork and the National Suicide Research Foundation.  He is also in active clinical general practice in inner city Cork.  



Dr. John Cullen. Consultant in General Internal and Respiratory Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital

Time to Clear the Air: COPD & Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy (ICS)



Ciara Hanrahan Senior Physiotherapist, COPD Outreach and Oxygen Assessment Unit Mercy University Hospital, Cork

COPD Outreach in Improving Quality of Life for Older People

Ciara Hanrahan qualified with a BSc Hons Physiotherapy degree from University of the West of England in 1998 and has worked as a physiotherapist for almost 20 years, specialising in respiratory care. She is a member of CORU, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Irish Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society. She has lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for physiotherapy university programmes and is currently completing an MSc in Advanced Practice with Ulster University. Ciaras research is focussing on airway clearance techniques for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Ciara is responsible for setting up the COPD outreach service in the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, with Dr David Curran, as part of a HSE National Clinical Programme in 2012. The over-arching aim of this service is to prevent admissions to hospital by providing hospital at home patient-centered care for patients with COPD in Cork city. Ciara also works as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver weekly oxygen assessment clinics in the Mercy University Hospital.



Dr. Colm Henry. Chief Clinical Officer, HSE & Consultant Geriatrician Mercy University Hospital, Cork

Strategic Direction for Chronic Disease Management in Ireland

Colm Henry took up the position of Chief Clinical Officer in the Health Service Executive in April 2018.  Prior to this appointment, he was National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Acute Hospitals since 2014, National Lead for the Clinical Director Programme from 2012 to 2014 and Clinical Director of the Mercy University Hospital in Cork from 2009 to 2012. He was appointed as Consultant Geriatrician to the same hospital in 2002.

As Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Henry will be responsible for ensuring clinical leadership, encompassing Medical, Nursing, Midwifery and Health & Social Care Professions, is represented at the most senior level of the Health Service Executive and will work closely with other National Directors and with senior leaders within Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups to secure sustainable improvements in patient and service user outcomes, safety and experience.


Dr. Suzanne Timmons. Geriatrician Mercy University Hospital. Clinical Lead for Dementia (ROI)

Symposium Chair

Suzanne Timmons is a geriatrician and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, UCC. She has a special interest in health service evaluation and quality improvement, especially in dementia, delirium and Parkinson’s disease. Her research programmes include delirium, palliative care in neurodegenerative disease, antipsychotic prescribing in dementia, and exercise interventions in hospitals and the community. She is site investigator for SENDOC, an EU-funded study of wearable sensors in older people, and co-investigator in the JPI-funded MANUEL project (malnutrition in the elderly) and JPND-funded FCDS study (family decision support in advanced dementia). She is Programme Director for the interdisciplinary MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation and the MSc in Dementia programmes in UCC. 
As Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office, Dr. Timmons leads on dementia risk reduction, acute hospital delirium/dementia care, and enhanced diagnostic processes; as well as a forthcoming National Clinical Guideline for psychotropic prescribing for people with dementia.