Whitfield recently celebrated a major milestone of completing over 1,000 surgeries for children.

In 2013 Whitfield achieved accreditation for children’s services through CHKS (Capita Healthcare Knowledge Systems), an international accreditation body which is focused on improving the safety of patient care. The hospital accreditation process aims to improve health services for patients by working with organisations to develop their capacity for patient safety and continuous quality improvement.

Achieving CHKS accreditation for children’s services was an important step for Whitfield and a further indication of its commitment to clinical excellence.

Whitfield has a dedicated team of specialist children’s nurses, which along with its consultant surgeons and anaesthetists are committed to the provision of this important service.

To learn more about Whitfield’s services and facilities, visit Whitfield Clinic at www.whitfieldclinic.ie.

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Modern life is about prioritising, often learning to say no in order to achieve balance, both professionally and personally.

Yet often we try to do it all, in professional and personal life. This session is about identifying what’s really important for you and using tools to make achieving your goals more likely. Goals which have been thought through and thoroughly questioned are more likely to be achieved, making positive outcomes much more likely to be achieved.

In this interactive session, you will examine your goals, setting clear steps to achieving them. 

  • Identifying what is really important to you, both professionally and personally.
  • Getting to know your strengths and blind spots by exploring your personality.
  • Learning how to set SMART goals that work for you.
  • Using these techniques, individually and for your teams at work to become more efficient. 
  • Learning about forming new habits that serve you in order to achieve your desired goals.

Date: Thursday, 26th April 2018


6.00pm - registration and light refreshments

6.30-8.00pm - presentation

Venue: Granville Hotel, Waterford

Cost: Free of charge

Please provide your organisation/company name when booking: https://www.cimaglobal.com/Events/Event-booking/?OccurrenceID=105153

Speaker: Kate Redmond, Redmond Communications

Kate Redmond has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of Marketing, Sales, Event management, Public Relations and Business Coaching. Having worked in management throughout her career, Kate understands the pressures of the workplace and the challenges that teams encounter.

Kate has set up her own business and specialises in working with corporate teams and individuals, bringing effective coaching techniques to achieve desired results. She teaches techniques and strategies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of individuals and teams, both in business and personally.

Bi-monthly training courses here in LCE Training Academy for individuals who need manual handling for site access, to update their skills or for those who are involved in heavy lifting in their workplace.

LCE certificate of attendance for just 3 hours training valid for 3 years!

Same time, same place, same LCE channel!

Get trained now, don’t wait and get caught out - book online and get a 5% discount for 2 or more attending!


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Have you always dreamed of being on the stage in the fabulous Theatre Royal? Well now is your opportunity. Focus Ireland is calling on Waterford’s top talent for a 2nd year to audition for the charity’s very own version of the hit show Ireland’s Got Talent to raise vital funds and awareness for homeless services across the city and county.

“Waterford’s Got Talent” is open to all ages and talents so whether you are a musician, singer, magician or impersonator – the charity is urging everyone to take part in this special event. The competition is free to enter and the winner will walk away with a top cash prize of €1,000. Why not get together with some of your work colleagues and take part in the brilliant event, have fun and play your part in CSR at the same time.

Auditions for the show will take place in Central Arts, Parade Quay, Waterford City, from 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday, 15th April. During these auditions, a shortlist of 12 acts will be selected to perform at the semi-finals, which will be hosted in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal on Thursday, 10th May.

Roddy Cleere, MC for the event and long-time champion of upcoming Irish groups and all-round music aficionado wants all acts to know that it’s not all about the competition, it’s also important to enjoy yourself; “whatever talent you have, come out and have a bit of fun! We’re not going to eat you alive!”

From the semi finals, 8 contestants will be voted through to the final. Focus Ireland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Cathryn O’Leary said “All acts should sign up for the auditions in advance to avoid disappointment. We want to showcase as much of Waterford’s amazing talent as we can - so each audition performance can be no longer than two minutes to accommodate all the acts. Waterford’s Got Talent provides a great way to support Focus Ireland – The auditions are free so why not take part.

For all queries about the event please contact Focus Ireland Regional Fundraising Coordinator and Waterford’s Got Talent Event Organiser Cathryn O’Leary on 086 6042854 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This training is suitable for physio, holistic or physical therapists, fitness instructors or anybody in the health care profession that would like to help others in demonstrating how to use smovey and gaining maximum benefits from this wonderful exercise and wellness tool.

In order to hold any smovey classes or make any contact with specific groups that benefit from smovey (any group with 5 of more participants), you must become a certified smovey coach. This is to ensure all smovey licensed agents have the best knowledge and practise before making contact with any groups. These are regularly held in Austria and now, our third training event will be held in Co. Waterford.

During the two full days we will be learning all about the history, philosophy, vibrations and the positive effects of smovey on the body. We shall learn about smovey and show all the various ways it can be used as a wellness tool through exercise and massage. There will be smovey classes, demonstrations and walks – so please ensure to bring your own smovey set and suitable comfortable gym clothing.

They will also be doing a business section where they show you the best methods of demonstrating the products and explanation of the compensation plan. The payment structure, commission and promotion levels will be explained. Cost of this certified training is €370 per person. Along with becoming a smovey coach, you'll also receive exclusive coach price when purchasing smoveys of €58.00 including vat. There is also a special starter pack available once coaching completed.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Date: 21st & 22nd April 2018
Location: Waterford

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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) are continuing the transition process from the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Occupational First Aid (OFA) learner training standard to PHECC’s First Aid Response (FAR), as the recognised standard meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007).

The current QQI Occupational First Aid (OFA) course is changing to PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council) First Aid Response Training from the 31st May. The course itself remains mostly the same but we have listed the main changes below:

  • The new PHECC course will allow up to 6 trainees per course (The QQI Occupational First Aid course allowed a total of 10).
  • The current QQI certificate is valid for 2 years and then you have 90 days grace in which time you can do a 1 day refresher up to 31st May. With the new PHECC First Aid Response course the refresher training will take 2 days and there is no 90 days grace from June 1st so once the date has passed the certificate is expired and you will have to complete the course all over again.
  • First Aid Training will now take 2.5 days (instead of 3)

Please contact us for the upcoming first aid training and refresher training dates as we will be running courses here in LCE Training Academy.

PLEASE NOTE for REFRESHER  training we do need a copy of your current certificate in order to verify the dates – either the 3 day OFA or the most recent 1 day Refresher training certificates to attend.

For more information contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don’t forget there is a *5% discount on any of our training courses for Waterford Chamber Members

GIY Al Desko

A healthy, happy, and engaged workforce are the sign of successful companies worldwide. This workplace wellbeing day, why not get involved in a growing challenge and boost staff moral. Anxiety and depression are two of the leading causes of workers requiring sick leave. Growing at work can contribute to the health and wellbeing of your workforce, and food growing has proven health benefits, including:

  • reducing stress
  • improving concentration and
  • preventing fatigue

The simple act of planting a seed, tending to it, and then harvesting it, can offer a simple and enduring satisfaction, to inspire your workers.

About the Challenge

Our simple and easy to run Al Desko Growing Challenge is created specifically for workplace wellbeing. 

It includes resources for 50 participants:

  • Seeds
  • Compost Discs
  • Compostable Sized Cups to grow in
  • Growing Guides (All the GIY know-how)
  • 4 Different Workplace Challenges (designed to get your team motivated, energised and engaged)

To get involved, simply order our GROW AT WORK kit, organise your employees into teams, communicate the weekly challenges which we provide you with, and watch it GROW from there.

To order your GROW@Work Kit contact Ursula Hughes at 051 584411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HPWP course

Twelve local people completed the inaugural "Helping People with Parkinson’s course", a 5 week education and exercise program to help improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

This was a creative, innovative and practical approach to empower people to help themselves. Course creator, Tramore woman, Irene Treacy who is Ireland‘s 1st smovey COACH, PD Warrior and Parkinson’s Regeneration Trained said, “ I have been working with people with parkinsons for only 2 years and already I’ve had remarkable results with improving quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. This 5 week program was inspired from working very closely with people that were making great improvements and I couldn’t understand why some were making better progress than others and then, over time, it became obvious – education, exercise and motivation! 

The course was based on the foundation of smovey exercise, (a vibrational exercise that was created by a man who has Parkinson’s and it’s only through his own improvement was made into a commercial product) and exercise is as important as medication for people with Parkinson’s. We did 15 minutes of exercise (which gradually got harder and more effective as the weeks went by) which had to be done daily, mindset is paramount and 1st week we invited psychotherapist David Wade to talking about the importance of positive thinking and deep breathing exercises to stay calm. David showed the participants how it’s the mind that controls the body and if we can learn how to control our mind and our thoughts, we can make life so much easier for ourselves.

We also had Karen Dwyer, creator of “My Attitude of Gratitude” journal speak on how she is now living symptom and medication free from having MS for 6 years. “When my neurologist told me I had the lesions of an 80 year old on my brain and spine I knew I had to make some drastic unconventional changes which I did and now I have the quality of life that I have been dreaming about". 

Michael, 58: “I am like a different person from before this course and I was very sceptical and couldn’t see how 5 weeks would really make such a difference but I was so wrong. Even my family can’t believe the difference in me, my wife was always nagging me to walk properly and be more positive and through the daily exercise, showing how to walk properly, even standing properly has made massive difference and I have much more positive outlook on life and see a much better future that before. We have all created a special bond of friendship that will continue long after the course ends”

The initial course was only intended to be 5 weeks but participants felt such benefits from it, they have requested to continue it so Irene is currently developing stage 2 which will run from 10th April for 5 weeks.

Irene will be running this course in Wexford, Cork and Dublin in the coming months and it will be on line next month. If you would like information about this course or would like any help for people with Parkinson’s, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.smoveyhealth.com for future information.

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