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David Beirne CEO of UPMC Whitfield

UPMC Whitfield, the largest private hospital in the South East, has signed a partnership agreement with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to collaborate on research, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, student job opportunities and other areas, all focused on enhancing innovation and economic growth in the region.

The UPMC Whitfield campus is operated by UPMC, an international not-for-profit healthcare provider and insurer that is transforming the way healthcare is delivered.

Leading consultants and specialists from UPMC Whitfield, a recognised centre for medical excellence and innovation, will deliver guest lectures as part of a number of WIT courses, ranging from applied computing to health sciences and business.

Students will have the opportunity to visit UPMC Whitfield, where they will learn more about the application of cutting-edge medical and patient engagement technologies, as well as the wide range of careers available in healthcare in the South East. WIT students from the BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing and BSc. (Hons) in Health Sciences and nursing programmes will also have the chance to obtain work experience either at UPMC Whitfield or another of UPMC’s international facilities—including its transplant and advanced radiotherapy centres in Italy.

UPMC Whitfield and WIT staff will partner on research activities across healthcare, information and communication technologies, and the life sciences, and will explore the possibility of a dedicated scientific officer to coordinate this activity.

David Beirne, CEO at UPMC Whitfield, said: “We’re delighted to announce this exciting new partnership between two of the South East’s most respected institutions, which will be of great benefit to students, staff and patients alike.

“We’re looking forward to working with WIT to bring our real-world medical knowledge to the classroom – and welcoming students to our facilities to demonstrate this expertise in action, while giving them insight into potential future careers. This partnership will enhance the reputation of Waterford and the wider South East region.”

Welcoming the signing of the MOU, Waterford Institute of Technology President Prof. Willie Donnelly said: “I am delighted to welcome UPMC, a world-class health organisation, as a strategic partner. The MOU with UPMC, closely affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences,  is an important step in positioning Waterford Institute of Technology and the South East as Ireland’s centre of excellence in connected health across teaching, research, innovation and commercialisation through the connection of our activities in UPMC Whitfield and WIT campuses.”

Last year UPMC Whitfield announced its sponsorship of the WIT Vikings GAA club until August 2021. WIT GAA club in conjunction with UPMC Whitfield has also hosted a number of sports forums at the WIT Arena.

WIT is the major provider of higher education in the South East of Ireland, with more than 8,000 students on academic programmes from Higher Certificate to post-doctoral research.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 saw WIT become Ireland’s top-ranked institute of technology; overall WIT was ranked 7th out of 21 higher education institutes.

Industry collaboration is a key part of the remit of WIT, which partners with organisations locally, regionally and globally. The 2018-2021 strategic plan puts WIT at the centre of regional social, cultural and economic development. The underlining goal outlined in the strategic plan is for WIT to become a “Top 100 young university” by 2030, and its ongoing Technological University designation process is an important step toward achieving this ambition.

UPMC Whitfield has over 50 expert consultants working across a range of specialties, including radiotherapy, cardiology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology / haematology, radiology, ear, nose and throat, gynaecology, urology and general surgery. These are supported by a wider team of 180 dedicated medical, nursing and administration staff to ensure the 70-bed hospital offers patients the right care, in the right way, at the right time – in a first-class facility that is close to home.

Already trusted by millions of patients across the world, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)-based UPMC operates more than 40 hospitals, as well as 700 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, and is now delivering this global expertise to those living in the South East of Ireland. UPMC’s academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh, is a medical research powerhouse, ranking fifth in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Sage Partner of Yr Award Photo MASTER

Waterford-based Pimbrook Software, one of Ireland’s leading Sage Partners, has been selected as the Sage Partner Of The Year for 2018. Pimbrook was previously voted the Sage 50 Partner of the Year for 2015, 2016 and 2017, but this current accolade is of much greater significance as the winner was selected from all Sage Partners, regardless of their specialised product.

Speaking of the win, Managing Director Stephanie Davies commented that: “We’ve invested heavily in staff recruitment over the past 18 months or so, and have also invested in extensive staff training. The outcome from both of these is that our levels of service have improved beyond recognition, and this is reflected in both customer satisfaction and new business wins.”

“We were particularly gratified to win the accolade of Sage Business Partner of the Year as we were competing against much bigger partners. I think this says much about our engagement with our clients and the value we add to our offering – anything from free webinars to a dedicated offsite team who are devoted to solving more complex client issues in a timely manner.”

Responding on behalf of Sage Ireland, Managing Director Barry Murphy commented that: “They are genuinely passionate about their customers. They are also very strong on innovation, with a technical nous that allows them to satisfy the needs of tomorrow as well as today.”

“In making our selection, we were very much influenced by the fact that they have geared up significantly with a range of specialists who really know their subject matter inside out and have a very deep understanding of Sage products.”

The company is particularly focused on Sage 50 and Sage Payroll software. According to Davies, “Pimbrook’s goal is to consistently deliver premium customer service, fast turnaround, strict adherence to deadlines – while offering exceptional value for money.”

Pimbrook services its client base of over 1,300 clients from offices in Dublin and Waterford, implementing and supporting a range of Sage Accounting and Sage Payroll Solutions for its SME client base throughout Ireland.

Ita LeydenIta Leyden – Ergonomist & Forensic Engineer

Answers your work related health and safety queries as part of our new monthly Q&A session.

“I work from home a lot of the time – what should I consider from an ergonomics perspective?”

Ita Leyden:

Although it’s likely the cosiest place in your home, especially on a cold, winter day, don’t stay in bed to work. Typing with a laptop positioned on your stomach is not ideal. Instead, sit at a desk or table and make sure your monitor is positioned about an arm’s length away from your chest.  Adjust the height of your chair so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are bent at a right angle – if you are using a kitchen chair, even though this is not ideal – use a cushion to raise your height. 

Take breaks as often as your work will allow. Remaining in static postures for long durations can increase blood pressure, compress the discs in your spine, and promote tension in muscles that perform everything from walking to typing. To increase mobility, schedule micro-breaks in your calendar or phone and walk to the kitchen every 30 minutes to get a drink of water. Micro breaks are just short breaks away from your computer e.g. standing up to answer the phone.

If background noise helps your productivity level, tune the television or radio to something you’ve never heard. Studies show human performance decreases when a familiar stimulus is introduced.

To avoid eyestrain and awkward neck postures, ensure your work space has appropriate overhead lighting. Reduce glare on your computer screen from ambient light by positioning your monitor perpendicular to any windows.

Laptop computers were designed for short-term use. If using full time, be sure to use peripheral devices, including a mouse and headset. Working without them may decrease efficiency and increase discomfort in the upper extremities.

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LCE spring specials

The Early Bird Catches The Worm!

LCE are offering early bird discounts on selected courses in the coming months for any NEW ONLINE bookings paid for during February/March 2019.

  • First Aid Responder Training
    • Was €340.00 now €195.00pp
    • Quote firstaid_special when booking online
  • Health and Safety Basics for Employees
    • Was €135.00 now €121.50pp
    • Quote safety_special when booking online
  • LCE Certificate in Practical Ergonomics Training
    • Was €1695.00 now €1495.00pp
    • Quote ergo_special when booking online

See for upcoming courses dates – places are limited so booking is essential.

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FHH Feb 2019 54Substantial investment has been announced by Faithlegg Golf Club, plans are underway as they continue to improve the championship golf course and facilities at the Co. Waterford location. A further €100,000 will be invested into the course this year taking the club’s total investment since 2016 to €300,000.

Since his arrival to the club just over three years ago, Director of Golf Karl Cullen has overseen every element of the club improvements which have included the refurbishment of the Clubhouse, course verti-draining and sanding, new course signage and the addition of state-of-the-art buggies and electric trollies for members and visitors. The arrival of a new course rough mower and the maintenance and improvement of course aesthetics is now the focus for 2019, the final phase of what has been a long but thoroughly worthwhile investment. 

Speaking about the improvements at Faithlegg Golf Club, Karl is delighted with the progress so far. “Every year for the past three years we have made significant progress on and off the course improving the customer experience for our members, visitors and societies. We have also introduced several successful initiatives around our membership packages and green fees, currently we are running a society offer which includes a trip to Portugal for the winning team all and all this has had a positive knock on effect in terms of the Pro Shop and Clubhouse food revenues. It’s a busy time!” he said.

Last year was a big year for the ambitious golf club; not only did they celebrate their 25th Anniversary but In December Faithlegg Golf Club was announced as one of the ‘Top 100 Courses in Ireland’ by Irish Golfer Magazine - a first for the club and validation by the external judging panel of all the hard work and investment that has been put into the course and facilities. Karl and team were also delighted to be in Destination Ireland’s ‘Top 100 Golfing Destinations in Ireland’, a prestigious listing that will put them on the radar of non-domestic golfers.

The next generation of golfers at Faithlegg have also been busy racking up their own significant achievements in 2018 with three of their Junior members having made great strides in their blossoming golfing careers. Rory Fives gained his first cap for Munster Under 16s, Rory Milne won the Munster Under 17s Close for the second time in two years (the first time anyone has ever done so) and got his third cap for Munster. Alex King won the Leinster boys Under 14 Championship, was runner up in the Ulster Under 14s Championship and won the Inter Pros with the Munster Under 14 team.

On and off the course it’s an exciting time to be a member or visitor at Faithlegg Golf Club this year, and there’s even more to come!

For more information on Faithlegg Golf Club’s Membership and Society Packages visit

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Increased smart phone and device usage are here to stay, but they do have consequences for all ages. Tired eyes, eyestrain, headaches, sleep disruption, difficulty focusing, reduced concentration at work and study are all too common results.

Our vision needs are changing.

Optometrist Kjell Nolke has seen the discussion in his consulting room change over his 25 years in practice and never more so than in the last five. Nolke says there are some indisputable facts and trends developing in the way we live our lives. Phone use is clearly on the increase with 3.7 million people in Ireland now owning a mobile phone. Parents have concerns on their children’s phone usage and these concerns are real with screen-time use for teenagers often totalling over 24 hours per week.

Essilor, the largest lens producer in the world, has developed lenses that help answer the vision needs we have never had before. Their EyeZen lenses incorporate features designed to support our vision. Nolke says EyeZen lenses are both a true evolution and revolution. 

Typical spectacle lenses are designed to focus the eye straight ahead at a distance, with their optical centre in front of the pupil. Essilor Eyezen lenses have a second optical reference point when the wearer looks down - offering wearers reduced visual fatigue, sharper vision, protection from blue-violet light, better acuity in near vision and glare reduction. These EyeZen lenses are the first active solution to our changing visual needs.

Ireland has an ageing population, with 2.5 billion spectacle wearers in the world, a number which will grow to 5 billion by 2050. This combined with worldwide sales of smart phones at 45,000 every fifteen minutes with less than 2,500 children born in the same fifteen minutes. This is an issue which will not go away.

For more information about the benefits of Essilor Eyezen lenses call in to Nolke Opticians for more information or visit

smovey info evening

This free information evening is being held for all Health and Fitness professionals to find out more about smovey and the benefits the vibrations have on your clients, children or adults.

Whether is it for Athletes, general fitness or clients with a specific condition for example :- Parkinson's, Dementia, MS, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries, COPD based on scientific research on vibration training and our vast experience with many clients from this presentation you will find out how the effects of the vibrations from smovey rings can help.

This is a free event but spaces are limited, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your place.

WWETB Skills to AdvanceThe Skills to Advance policy will support small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] who need some assistance to invest in and develop their workforce. This initiative offers valuable skills development opportunities.

Your employees (full or part-time) may qualify for up to 100% funding to attend these courses as part of the NEW Skills to Advance Employee Development Initiative, which is being delivered through your local Education and Training Board (ETB). Providing flexible, high quality, accessible training, relevant to the changing needs of employees, the economy and industry.

What are the benefits to your Business?

  • Increase productivity
  • Embrace new technologies
  • Higher skilled workforce
  • Improve staff morale

Who is eligible for Skills to Advance?

‘Employees’ that are defined as those who work part-time or full-time under a contract of employment, whether oral or written, express or implied, have recognised rights and duties and are in receipt of pay for their service. Self-employed persons are also included in this cohort.

Rational for Skills to Advance

  • Responding to changing nature of jobs and skills requirements
  • Supporting development of soft skills
  • Meeting the skills needs of the target groups
  • Supporting and enhancing productivity in SMEs
  • Driving effective regional Development

For more information please contact:

Waterford ETB Senior Training Advisors

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