Building a Better Health Service


Dublin North City and County CHO welcomes Values in Action

The Values in Action Social Movement continues to spread throughout the health service. After a successful bootcamp, CHO Dublin North City and County is the latest of the
Health Service areas to nominate Champions and begin their Values in Action journey.  Values in Action Champions are nominated by their peers to be the leaders of a grass roots culture change in their area of the health service. Jackie Graham, a Champion working on the St Ita’s campus, spoke about how she was thrilled to be nominated by her colleagues. “It made me think that they see something in me and how I am every day that I might not have seen myself,” she said.  Champions come from all grades and disciplines and for many their bootcamp is the beginning of their personal journey in large scale culture change.  Addiction counsellor Jo-Anne Sexton admitted to being sceptical when nominated as a Champion but admitted to being ‘pleasantly surprised’.  “My experience of Values in Action so far, is that it’s very real, very simple and most importantly it’s not anybody else’s responsibility, this is something that each of us can take on,” said Jo-Anne.

Mary Walshe, Chief Officer, CHO Dublin North City and County, was delighted that after much hard work and commitment by the CHO DNCC Values in Action project team, the Social Movement was up and running in DNCC.

 “I had the opportunity to speak to many of the Champions on both days of bootcamp and the overall feedback was   overwhelmingly positive. There was a fantastic energy present to take the first steps on the Values in Action journey and I look forward to seeing the activities unfold,” said Mary. 

She added, “Please be assured of my continuing commitment to the Champions and all involved, to support this social movement in delivering long term sustainable change ithin our CHO for both our service users and our staff.”  After a busy two days that finished with a planning session where Champions worked together to figure out their next steps when returning back to work, Kirsten Connolly,Director for Organisational Culture, closed out the event with a message to champions about the road ahead: “As a health service we need to find ways to learn from the past, to deal with the challenges we are facing right now and importantly we also need to look to the future. Values in Action is about shaping the future of the health service,” she said.