SCOPe HSCP Directorate

Mission Statement

SCOPe provides a multidisciplinary client centred holistic service to enhance client independence and quality of life in keeping with best practice.

SCOPe will be internationally renowned for leadership, innovation and excellence in integrated multidisciplinary healthcare.

Staff development

Department in Depth

SCOPe is an acronym for 5 services, namely Speech and Language Therapy, Medical Social Work, Clinical Nutrition, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, and e for excellence.   These 5 departments work together in a Directorate-like structure in St. James’s Hospital in the provision of a patient centred and evidenced based service.   The SCOPe team works closely with the extended multidisciplinary team and hospital management.  Currently there are 179.79wte Health & Social Care Professionals 10.45wte Clerical/Admin and 10.70wte Attendants. 

SCOPe services are involved with the patient from point of referral right through to the time of discharge.  SCOPe provides a service to both in-patients and outpatients and liaises with family members/carers as appropriate.

SCOPE has close links with Trinity College and other 3rd level institutions nationally and internationally. We facilitate a large numbers of students each year.

Over the last number of years SCOPe has undertaken many research and audit projects.    SCOPe has its own Research and Innovation Committee to encourage, support and guide staff.  This committee hosts a number of events yearly for staff to demonstrate their research, audits and innovation. 

In 2017 Health & Social Care Professions provided a service to:

New patient contacts
Return patient contacts

1st Edition of the SCOPe Service User Newsletter 2016 (PDF 1,289Kb)

Niamh Murphy- SCOPe Manager 

Niamh Murphy has been the physiotherapy manager in St James’s Hospital since 2004. She is a very experienced manager and leader, currently managing 70 physiotherapy staff and coordinating physiotherapy services to 1040 beds and 8,500 OPD referrals a year. Niamh is also part of the SCOPe executive management team.

Niamh graduated from the UCD School of Physiotherapy in 1993 and is a highly experienced physiotherapist having worked as the COPD Outreach Co-ordinator in SJH, a senior physiotherapist in respiratory in SJH, a staff grade therapist in Beaumont hospital and also as a staff grade in Australia and the USA.

Niamh also brings significant post graduate qualifications to her role having completed an MSc in Exercise physiology in TCD (2001), a Higher Diploma Healthcare management in RCSI (2005), a HSE Leadership programme (2014) and a Quality Improvement course (2013). She is very interested and passionate about research, quality improvement and leadership and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).

Patricia Reilly- SCOPe HSCP Administrator

Patricia has worked as part of the clerical team in St. James’s Hospital since 1981.  Her initial appointment was in the Central Pathology Laboratory, after that she worked in the Oncology Unit, and then moved to the Information & Management Services (IMS) Department before assuming her current role in the SCOPe Unit in 2003. 

Patricia gained extensive experience and knowledge over these years.   She successfully completed a number of courses in areas of leadership and management, change management, service planning, project management, information technology, team-working, lean thinking, and time management.  She completed the IPA Certificate and Diploma in Healthcare Management in 2008. 

She is currently chair of the SCOPe Clerical Group, Health & Safety Committee and is a key member of the SCOPe Executive Management Team and Quality Improvement Group. 

SCOPe Health & Safety Annual Report 2017 (PDF 174Kb)

SCOPe Sport & Social Group Annual Report 2017 (PDF 79Kb)

SCOPe Clerical Group Annual Report 2017 (PDF 92Kb)

SCOPe HSCP Quality Committee Annual Report 2017 (PDF 129Kb)

SCOPe Research & Innovation Annual Report 2017 (PDF 286Kb)

SCOPe Nuts & Bolts of Management Annual Report 2017 (PDF 205Kb)

SCOPe QIICT Group Annual Report 2017 (PDF 211Kb)