Prof. J. William McEvoy
NIPC Medical and Research Director, Chair of Executive Council
The recent hack of HSE information systems has added a major ‘insult to the injury’ already sustained by COVID-19. One gets the sense in the hospital that our healthcare workers are at the end of their tethers, but I also see great resilience. I am sure that brighter days are ahead, hopefully within the next few months.
Work continues to be busy at NIPC, with a number of research projects under way including a 1 to 2 year follow-up of our iASPIRE participants. Also, I hope that the manuscript detailing the baseline data from iASPIRE will be published soon. Furthermore, our global INTERASPIRE study continues apace, and we are also in the process of writing up the impressive outcomes of the recently conducted MySlainte virtual lifestyle and risk factor management programme that was supported by the Slaintecare integration fund. Having seen these results, I can say they are very impressive indeed and I am optimistic these data can directly influence practice in Ireland, particularly in the context of the new Slaintecare ambulatory specialty care hubs planned for the community.
On the education front, I encourage you to consider applying for our suite of Maters prorgammes being run with NUIG, which are designed to meet the upskilling demand created by the roll out of Slaintecare (including a new programme in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation). Finally, a reminder to please check out our upcoming NIPC series on Atrial Fibrillation and please also SAVE THE DATE for our annual National Prevention Conference!