Affidea is Ireland’s leading provider of diagnostic imaging services with ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities across a national footprint. This gives patients unrivalled access to diagnostic imaging, which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.
Formerly known as Euromedic, Affidea is part of the pan-European group that has 244 diagnostic, laboratories and cancer treatment centres in 17 countries. Treating over 6.5 million patients per year and employing over 8,000 people, of which 2,500 are medical doctors, the company has operated in Ireland since 2007 and employs 311 staff here.
This year, Affidea ExpressCare in Dublin and Cork officially launched as part of their outpatient strategy to provide patient alternatives for minor injuries and minor illnesses, which should not need to take place in a traditional, highly pressurised hospital setting – freeing up capacity for those most in need of care.
This is part of an overall €20 million investment by the company in the Irish healthcare sector over the last three years.
HR Manager Yvonne Hanrahan said: “We see this is a natural progression to our business as the leading diagnostic provider, where we have regional sites and access to the latest scanning equipment. Better coordination of patient services, advancement in technology and teamwork have been essential to our growth.”
While this has brought accolades and recognition within the healthcare industry, it has also led to significant challenges in the recruitment of healthcare workers. Affidea has created over 130 new jobs in the Irish healthcare market in the last three years, growing their workforce by almost 22% in the last year alone.
Hanrahan continued: “Many disciplines are involved in managing patients across the medical and healthcare sector. Career options and occupations at Affidea are wide ranging – from doctors, nurses, radiographers, sonographers, healthcare assistants and radiologists – they are all key to our business.”
“Doctors, nurses and radiographers are all subject to statutory registration in Ireland, which ensures a high standard in their quality and education. However, despite producing a high percentage of graduates, we’re losing expensively educated staff to foreign shores. Like all healthcare providers, we have experienced challenges in attracting and retaining talent. We have become more creative in our recruitment strategy but, more importantly, we listen to what candidates say and need.”
“Most recently, we launched a new Graduate Radiographer Programme, offering newly qualified grads an accelerated pathway through all of our modalities, including x-ray, MRI and CT, using our latest technology. Affidea ExpressCare also offers excellent opportunities for medical staff and we have been particularly successful in attracting top quality professional doctors and nurses in our Tallaght Clinic through our competitive reward and benefits scheme, training opportunities and, most importantly, a flexible work-life balance.”
Affidea invests heavily in its medical capabilities and now operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region, with an average age of less than two years; enabling it to provide high-end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings. Affidea treated 170,000 patients at its centres across Ireland in 2017 and expects to exceed this figure in 2018.
“As we continue to grow our team in the Autumn, we are again recruiting medical staff to join our Cork team in November. Our business relies on patient-centred care, so effective recruitment, selection and employee engagement play a vital role in our HR strategy. At Affidea, valuing our staff’s development, training and work-life balance has been instrumental in our success.”