Prof. John M. O’Byrne MCh, FRCSI, FRCS(Tr. & Orth), FFSEM, FFSEM(UK)
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon
I am delighted to write a piece describing my experiences of having trained and worked in Cappagh for many years.
I was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Mater and Cappagh in 1996. In 2005, I continued working in Cappagh but as Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Over the years, Cappagh has continued to develop and utilise the most modern technologies and techniques to improve our patients’ outcomes.
However, it has managed to preserve the unbelievable, personal nature of the treatment that is provided for patients. Amongst the staff in Cappagh there is a perfect blend of technical expertise and the highest international standards, combined with a warmth and kindness and care for patients. Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital is highly regarded internationally amongst Orthopaedic Surgeons and we have been fortunate over the years, to have had leading orthopaedic surgeons visit at our Foundation Days. These surgeons have always left with a realisation that Cappagh is a unique place, both in terms of quality of care and the kindness that is shown to patients.
From a teaching point of view, all of the medical students from RCSI and University College Dublin pass through Cappagh. Every Orthopaedic Trainee in Ireland has spent time working in Cappagh. Many of these students and doctors then work in different parts of the world and universally describe their education and training in Cappagh as being one of the highlights of their training experiences.
We have collaborated with engineers and scientists from many universities, including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, University College Dublin and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. There is a very strong academic research and training programme, not just in medicine and surgery, but also in nursing, physiotherapy and other allied health professions.
I believe Cappagh will continue to go from strength to strength. Our clinical workload and range of expertise is expanding all the time. Our numbers of students and trainees is expanding all the time. I believe Cappagh will continue to expand and provide the highest standard of orthopaedic care and will continue to develop and train our future healthcare professionals.
Staff Grade Occupational Therapist
I started work in The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh in November 2016
The Hospital continuously supports my career and skill development. I began working on the orthopaedic service, and I now work in the Active Rehabilitation Unit as a Staff Grade Occupational Therapist. The experience I have gained has given me a solid foundation in occupational therapy.
The Hospital has supported my attendance at external courses (educational), and they run in-service rotations and shared learning seminars. This means that I can continue to develop my clinical and professional skills on the job.
During my time at Cappagh, I have had the opportunity to work on service development projects within our Occupational Therapy Department, and I have facilitated periods of practice education for occupational therapy students. I’m proud to have played a part in these initiatives, and it has helped my career progression and enhanced my professional experience.
Everyone of the staff is friendly, approachable and passionate, and they put the patient at the centre of everything they do. The best part is that we get the opportunity to engage with the patients and build rapport. There’s a really lovely atmosphere, and I enjoy working here.