HSE Celebrates International Women’s Day

Taking up the Leadership Challenge


Women in Leadership in the Health Service

The HSE celebrated International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017) by hosting a staff engagement event in the Royal College of Physicians in Kildare Street, Dublin.

The theme of the day was ‘Taking up the Leadership Challenge’ and leaders representing the health service, public service, the political world and media and communications industry will participate.

The event recognised the enormous contribution made by women to the health services, particularly front line services.

International Women's Day 2017

Participants included Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, Rosarii Mannion, HSE National Director of Human Resources, Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, Aine Duggan, Executive Director, GLEN and Lise Hand, Irish Independent journalist.

Other contributers were Patricia King, ICTU General Secretary, Siobhan O’Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Eilish Hardiman, CEO, Children’s Hospital Group and Siobhan Patten, HSE HR  Lead on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

A cross section of health service workers will attend the event reflective of  the staff profile in the health service.  Staff members from across health and social care services were invited to ensure a proportional representation of staff.

Staff in all roles, grades, age and geographic areas - nurses, care and support staff, health and social care professionals, administration staff, doctors, dentists, corporate management staff from all levels in the HSE and voluntary sector were invited.

This event will be of particular interest to women leaders managing in a clinical setting, supervisors of staff in service areas, administrative managers, consultants or Clinical Leads  interested in progressing to leadership roles, those project-managing a change process involving others, and anyone who champions or advocates for Women In Leadership.

The event is part of the HSE’s promotion of diversity, inclusion and equality across the health systems valuing different perspectives and  experience in line with the objectives of the organisation’s People Strategy.

On the day, HSE staff will support two charities of Youth Work Ireland (the National Youth Federation)

  • Canal Communities Regional Youth Service in Bluebell – an arts-based project, with a focus on photography in addressing the current and difficult issues faced by girls in relation to image and self-image, and how these issues impact on mental health


  • Ossory Youth based in Kilkenny – a  project working with a group of 12 to 15 year old Traveller girls, and their mothers,  on becoming role models and role leaders in their community, and connected with healthy eating and healthy living.


Taking Up the Leadership Challenge - Presentation IWD 2017.pptx (size 3.9 MB)