Health Service Executive

Value for Money & Policy Review of Disability Services

The above report was published in 2012 by the Department of Health. During 2014, a National Implementation Framework relating to the report was developed. The Framework provided for a number of Working Groups and Sub Groups. National Federation of Voluntary Bodies is represented on the Working Groups and Sub Groups, Click here for more information on the National Federation representatives, plus their purpose and objectives on the Value for Money Working Groups


Service Level Arrangements

Over the past few months the National Federation has been working collaboratively with the other two national Disability Umbrella organisations, Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and Not for Profit Business Association (NFPBA) in our discussions with the HSE regarding a revised Service Arrangement Template.  During this process legal advice was also sought from by Mason, Hayes & Curran Solicitors. The main points of contention identified during our engagement with Mason, Hayes & Curran were the basis of our discussion with the HSE.

The HSE have established a Service Arrangement Oversight and Development Forum and terms of references is being drafted.  The National Federation is represented on the Forum by Brian O’Donnell and John Hannigan.  While signing of the Service Arrangements documents remains at the discretion of individual Boards of organisations the National Federation is satisfied that the major points of contention which we identified have been addressed by the HSE, of course as in any complex Service Arrangements such as these, issues will emerge and we view the establishment of the Oversight and Development Forum as an important initiative through which any such issues will be satisfactorily addressed.  The true effectiveness and relevance of the Forum will only become evident when the lived experiences of member organisations in respect of issues are raised for ultimate resolution. 




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