Healthy Ireland is a Government action plan that involves every part of Irish society in improving our health and wellbeing. The plan was published in 2013, to support the wellbeing and health of the people living in our country.
Where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential; where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Healthy Ireland was created because the health and wellbeing of our country is changing, and there are many trends that are leading us toward an unhealthy and extremely costly future. To create positive health and wellbeing change takes the involvement of the whole community, the whole of Government, all of society working together. In the health services, we have a really important role to play in Healthy Ireland, both working with other government departments, organisations and wider society, and also changing our own services for the people we care for.
The Healthy Ireland Vision
Healthy Ireland’s four high-level goals will be at the heart of all actions and activities. They are:
- Increasing the proportion of Irish people who are healthy at all stages of life
- Reducing health inequalities
- Protecting the public from threats to health and wellbeing
- Creating an environment where every sector of society can play its part in achieving a healthy Ireland
Improving Staff Health and Wellbeing
The HSE is the largest employer in the State, with over 100,000 employees. Services are delivered in over 2,500 workplaces which include hospitals, community healthcare facilities and administration sites. Such a large workforce and extensive number of workplace settings provide the HSE with a challenge but also the opportunity to be an exemplar employer protecting the health and wellbeing of its workforce. There is strong evidence that much can be done to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. A healthy workplace policy creates a supportive environment that protects and promotes the physical, mental and social wellbeing of employees. It includes developing health promoting and improvement policies; providing facilities conducive to healthy lifestyles while at work or getting to/from work; and actively promoting a culture of valuing staff health and wellbeing.