Minister Stephen Donnelly

The report sets out the notable achievements reported by the 123 projects funded through the Sláintecare Integration Fund.

The projects tested new ways of working and delivered innovative models of care. This, bringing care closer to home by putting the patient at the centre of service design and delivery.

The significant impacts of the projects on patients and the healthcare system have been highlighted throughout the report. It sets out the hospital admissions avoided, Emergency Department (ED) attendances avoided or the reduction in waiting lists.


The report also details the impact felt by patients and their families where waiting times improved or journey times to receive treatment reduced.

Achievements include:

  • 19,000 inpatient bed days avoided
  • 8,000 patients were seen from waiting lists
  • 3000 ED attendances avoided
  • almost 64,000 patients have been seen
  • 15,000 people received more appropriate referrals to relevant health specialists in a community setting there was a reduction in the average length of stay in hospital for people with chronic disease
  • there has been a decrease in waiting times for patients who were seen by projects, in particular projects delivering Ophthalmology services, Urology services and the management of Chronic disease services
  • 13,000 patients reported an improved health status through lifestyle, self-management and physical activity

Welcoming the publication of the report, Minister Donnelly said: “The projects highlighted in this report show how joined-up thinking and working in partnership can help us reach Sláintecare’s goals of shifting the majority of care to the community, reducing waiting lists and improving experiences for patients and staff across the health and social care system in Ireland.

“I firmly believe that our frontline healthcare workers are one of the greatest resources we have as a nation. We know we have the brightest and most highly skilled and motivated workforce; they know where improvements can be implemented and, through the Sláintecare Integration Fund projects, they demonstrated their leadership and innovation to develop and implement alternative ways of meeting the needs of patients.”

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