New Clinical Director Dr Rob Landers (centre) with Richard Dooley and Patricia Sullivan at WRH last Friday.

Dotted line: New Clinical Director Dr Rob Landers (centre) with Richard Dooley and Patricia Sullivan at WRH last Friday.

The HSE has filled the key position of Clinical Director at Waterford Regional Hospital with an in-house appointment.

Dr Rob Landers (pictured), who is a native of Listowel, Co Kerry, has been a Consultant Histopathologist at WRH since 1999. He has special interests and expertise in the areas of Breast Diseases and Dermatopathology.

Since his appointment to Ardkeen a decade ago, he’s played a significant role in major policy development in the region’s acute hospital services and has acted as chairman of the hospital’s Medical Board for the last four years.

Dr Landers is a graduate of UCC and completed his specialist training in Cork University Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

His priorities, he says, are “to develop a robust clinical governance structure at WRH”, to maintain and develop its role as one of the country’s eight cancer centres, and to promote the modernisation and re-configuration of acute hospital services in the Southeast.

At a formal appointment ceremony on Friday, also attended by WRH General Manager Patricia Sullivan, Richard Dooley, HSE Network Manager for the South East Hospitals Group, said: “Clinical Directors are central to this new way forward. Such leadership from clinicians is significant, in terms of ensuring better clinical effectiveness, patient safety, patient outcomes and more cost efficiencies.”

“We are delighted that a man of Dr Rob Landers’ experience is taking up this challenge… and I look forward to working closely with him.”

His appointment comes as new HSE data rates WRH as average in a new colour-coded system. None of the hospitals assessed across a range of performance indicators reached the ‘green’/good standard but 26, including Ardkeen, were classed as ‘amber’. WRH scored well in terms of integration but those resources that contribute to waiting time delays were considered in need of attention.