Health and Wellbeing
Occupational Health examines the relationship between health and work. It looks at how work and work surroundings may affect health. It also looks at how health may affect one’s ability to do their job.
There are two pathways to availing of the Occupational Health Service; you have the option to refer yourself directly to the local service or through management referral.
If you have any queries in this regard, please email email@example.com
The full listing of occupational health services for each Community Health Organisation and Hospital Group is available.
01 4065340 (Bleep 357)
Employee Assistance Programme
The HSE Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a work-based support service for staff and the organisation. This is a confidential independent service. It supports employees with psychosocial issues (psychological and social factors that influence mental health). These issues may be personal or work related, affecting your job performance or home life.
The service is free and available to all HSE employees.
You do not need to contact HR or your line manager to use the service. You can phone or email the EAP contact for your area to arrange a consultation with a counsellor. This is known as self-referral.
Your manager can make a referral for you, with your agreement, if they have concerns for your wellbeing.
Staff: Minding your mental health
Coronavirus is a unique and unprecedented situation for healthcare workers. Infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus can be worrying. Responding to coronavirus can take an emotional toll on healthcare workers and has the potential to impact their mental health. Click here for many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.
Free online programmes
Online mental health service SilverCloud Health is giving free access to all HSE staff to four self-directed online programmes. The mental health programmes available are:
- Dealing with stress
- Building resilience
- Improving your sleep
- Space from COVID-19
Access the programmes. Once on the website, complete the sign-up process and enter the access code HSE2020 when prompted to do so.
Medical Schools’ Support Programmes
- National University of Ireland Galway: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/#
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/about/supporting-services/comppas/student-welfare-and-well-being
- University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin: https://www.tcd.ie/students/supports-services/
- University College Cork: https://www.ucc.ie/en/medical/currstud/support/
- University College Dublin: https://www.ucd.ie/studentcentre/services/
- University of Limerick: https://ulsites.ul.ie/access/student-support-services
Medical Intern Supports
- Dublin / Mid-Leinster (UCD)
UCD School of Medicine: https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studentlife/support/
This programme provides appropriate care and support for health professionals in Ireland who may have mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or burnout or who may have a substance misuse problem.
It is fully independent and separate from the regulatory bodies and employers. It has been endorsed by Memorandum of Understanding by the relevant professional councils and is supported by representative organisations and training bodies.
National GP Directory for NCHDs, Trainees and Interns
The National Doctor Training and Planning (NDTP) Lead Non – Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHD) Programme, in partnership with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), have introduced a programme called “A GP for every NCHD.”
The National GP Directory, lists GPs who have indicated that they have capacity to register NCHDs, trainees and interns seeking a GP within their locality during their clinical rotations.
- Self-care is important for all doctors
- Self-treatment is not compatible with good self-care
- Accessing GP care in a timely manner supports good health outcomes
The GP Directory is updated periodically, making registration as a patient easier, considering the rotational nature of training for doctors.