Health Service Executive

Transforming Lives 

‘Transforming Lives’ is the programme to implement the changes informed by the recommendations of the report Value for Money and Policy Review of the Disability Services in Ireland (2012). It is a programme of reform to sustainably migrate to new models of support, governed by a National Steering Group, reporting to the Minister of State for Disabilities and driven by six National Cross-Sector Working Groups.  The six national Cross-Sector Working Groups have informed, shaped and driven the work of the change programme to date, and we in the Social Care division are dedicated to continue to support, enable and inform the Sector. Through a strengthened National Disability function we plan to deliver a central directional role in funding, shaping and driving Disability Services that can respond to our population’s needs.

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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