UCD Covid-19 Response

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Chairing NPHET Expert Panel on Nursing Homes


Following its meeting of 14 May, NPHET recommended the establishment of an Expert Panel on Nursing Homes, to examine the complex issues surrounding the management of Covid-19 among this particularly vulnerable cohort.

The purpose of the Panel is to examine the national and international responses to the Covid-19 crisis, and to examine the emerging best practice. Covid-19 is a new disease which can present atypically in the frail elderly and new evidence and best practice in its management are constantly emerging.

The Panel has been asked to make recommendations to the Minister for Health to ensure that all protective Covid-19 response measures are planned for, in light of the expected ongoing COVID-19 risk and impact for nursing homes over the next 6-18 months.

College Principal of UCD College Of Health and Agricultural Sciences, Professor Cecily Kelleher was appointed Chair of NPHET's Expert Panel on Nursing Homes.

A rapid systematic review of measures taken to reduce transmission of Covid-19 in nursing homes was completed by an interdisciplinary team at UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences: Dr Kate Frazer (UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems), Dr Lachlan Mitchell (UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science), Mr Diarmuid Stokes (UCD Library), Ms Eibhlin Crowley (UCD Health Affairs) and Professor Cecily Kelleher.
The review was submitted to the expert panel, chaired by Professor Kelleher, and is available in full in Appendix 3 of the Expert Panel report ( 19th August 2020) pp125 -200.

Details of the group's terms of reference, membership, and meeting agendas and minutes are available on this Gov.ie website.