Research & Healthcare Responses to the Challenge of Brain Conditions in Ireland.
Brain Awareness Week 2018, Keynote Conference organised by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the Irish Brain Council brought together some of the leading lights in brain research in a very interesting and informative meeting, focusing on research and healthcare. Ireland has advanced significantly in global research standing. The conference highlighted the progress made nationally and globally in the field of brain research and potential for improved outcomes that an increase in available funding, recruitment and collaborations can bring to brain research.
The preliminary report on the Patient Experience Survey found that patients were quiet satisfied and that waiting times greater than 12 months had fallen significantly since 2012. Shortages in neurologists and multidisciplinary teams are impacting on the provision of services to people with neurological conditions. The recommended number of neurologists is 1 consultant to 70,000 people in Ireland. The NAI report on National Survey of Neurology Services 2015 found that this was not met in every hospital group. The lowest ratio recorded was in South/South West with 1 neurologist to 106,250 people and highest in the Mid- West 1 neurologist 200,000 people. Management by multidisciplinary teams lead to greater outcomes for people with neurological conditions.