UL and UHL Collaborate at the ICF

UL and UHL Collaborate at the ICF

- Scott Murphy, School of Allied Health

The UL Hospital Group’s Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) has been operating in the UL Arena since June 8. In this time the hospital has served to increase bed capacity for the UL Hospitals Group. The ICF has provided a unique opportunity for UL students from the School of Allied Health to complete placements that may have not otherwise happened due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
 Physiotherapy, Speech & Language, Human Nutrition & Dietetics students have benefitted from the opportunity to operate student led wards, engage in Inter-professional Education sessions with all members of the multidisciplinary team and contribute to the establishment of a truly unique service. The collaboration was made possible thanks to the vision of Fiona Steed (Group Lead Allied Health UL Hospitals Group), who made student involvement a priority for the ICF during its planning stage. This foresight in conjunction with UL academic and practice education staff, UL and HSE clinical tutors and HSE staff has made for an excellent rehabilitation facility and an unmatched placement opportunity.
On discharge each patient is surveyed about their experiences in the ICF. Overwhelmingly the responses have been glowing regarding the quality of care received and this is in no small part due to the work put in by the students of UL. Scott Murphy, School of Allied Health