Dr. Conor Deasy, MB, Dip IMC, Dip Tox, DCH, FCEM, FACEM, PhD
Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital,
Senior Lecturer, University College Cork,
Clinical Lead, Major Trauma Audit, National Office of Clinical Audit,
Deputy Medical Director, National Ambulance Service,
Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Primary Care, Monash University.
What is your role?
I am part of a team that coordinates and delivers emergency care to the patients of the ‘People’s Republic of Cork’ and neighbouring counties.
What does a typical working day look like?
Depending on the day of the week, we kick off with training and education of nurses, doctors and paramedics – this may take the form of a Journal Club, a Research Meeting or an in-situ Simulation Session. Our morning board round is at 8am where we discuss patients in the department and set about prioritising their emergency care. In addition to the busy Emergency Department shop floor we run a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). This is a 12 bedded ward in which we take a broad range of conditions including low risk chest pain, head injury, overdose, headache and much more - our simple admission rule is ‘can we get this patient home within 24 hours?’. If so, the patient is welcomed by the CDU team led by the Consultant in Emergency Medicine.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Where to start??!! I enjoy bringing order to chaos. I enjoy seeing the sense of achievement on trainee’s faces when they successfully stabilise a patient or relieve extreme pain by performing a procedure, such as a joint reduction for example, with my support. Nothing beats the heartfelt thank you from a patient for providing care and attention to them or their family during their emergency.
What level of patient care do you have in your role?
Face to face emergency care delivery is the most rewarding aspect of my role at CUH and where I spend most time. Time is also spent providing clinical governance including recruitment, training, audit, quality and risk management. I am part of a dynamic team in the hospital that wants to make the best use of the resources at hand to deliver unscheduled care.
What other members of the healthcare team do you work with?
A&E - Anybody and Everybody; everyone’s role is simply vital to the effective and efficient running of the Emergency Department. Whether it be the administration clerk at the front door taking accurate registration details or highlighting to the triage nurse that a patient needs immediate attention or the cleaning staff doing their best to keep the crowded emergency department safe and clean or the portering staff who ensure patients get to radiology or to the wards without delay; everyone’s contribution is vital. Every day I count myself very lucky to work with Doctors, Nurses and Allied Healthcare Staff who work heroically to deliver emergency care to hundreds of patients.
My career path to here
I graduated from University College Cork in 2000 and became an intern at Cork University Hospital; we had a great class and there was no shortage of shenanigans! I undertook a 3 year Basic Specialist Training program based out of St. James Hospital, Dublin and secured a place on the 5 year Irish Higher Specialist Training program in Emergency Medicine which brought me back Leeside for 2 years. In 2008 I moved to Melbourne, Australia to train at the Royal Children’s Hospital and later the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre where I was a Consultant in Emergency Medicine for 2 years before returning to Ireland in 2012. During my time in Australia, I completed a PhD in Epidemiology at Monash University and Ambulance Victoria and I also taught at the Simulation Centre. Australia was a fantastic experience; it was wonderful to work in a resource rich environment but ‘at the end of de day’ home is home, and I wanted to be back in the thick of it with a people I was part of and in a place I felt a special connection with.
Working in Cork
Cork is a great place to live. It’s just the right size city, safe and very easy to live in with great pubs, restaurants, culture and craic. If you’re into the great outdoors there is an amazing playground at your door step and a sublime coast line to enjoy or if you want to escape you can hop on a flight from Cork Airport and be in London in an hour!