IFMS Project

We’re introducing a modern finance and procurement system for the entire health sector. This project will equip us with modern technology, standard finance and procurement processes and a new operating model based on shared services. The project is known as IFMS, which stands for integrated financial management system.

We will introduce the new system over the coming years

Our implementation plan sets out how we’ll develop and introduce the new system in the years to come:

  • 2021 Design, Build and Test: We’re designing, building and testing the new system, working in collaboration with statutory HSE and voluntary organisations to make sure that it is designed in line with contemporary best practice processes, leverages best in class technology and will meet the requirements of the entire health sector
  • 2022 and 2023 Phase 1 Deployments: We’ll introduce the new system with an initial group of statutory HSE, Tusla and Section 38 and 39 organisations
  • Phase 2: Building on what we learn all the time, we’ll continue the phased roll out of the new system with further groups of statutory HSE and Section 38 and 39 organisations

We will gather feedback and make improvements to the process at each phase of the project.

 This timeline was updated in January 2021 and is subject to change.

The new system is for the entire health sector

We’re working in partnership with organisations to bring the new system to:

  • all health and social care services provided directly by the HSE, known as statutory services
  • voluntary organisations that are exclusively or almost exclusively funded by the HSE, known as Section 38 organisations
  • voluntary organisations that receive funding from the HSE, known as Section 39 organisations
  • Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

We are replacing multiple, fragmented, non-standard legacy finance systems with one system

The HSE does not have a single financial and procurement system.

The absence of such a system in the HSE presents additional challenges to the effective operation of the system of internal financial control. Numerous external reviews have reiterated the consensus amongst the finance community in the HSE that the current financial systems are not fit for purpose.

The absence of a single national financial management and procurement system requires that significant work is undertaken manually to ensure that the local finance systems and the national finance reporting solution are synchronised and reconciled. This approach is becoming increasingly challenging in the light of changes to organisational structure and the ageing of the systems. 

The system will create many benefits for the health sector. We’ll cut down the time we spend processing financial transactions, will report more clearly and in more detail on our finances and will be able to make more informed decisions about spending.

Find out more about the IFMS Project

You can find out much more about the project by reading our Frequently Asked Questions. If you’d like to get in touch, you can contact us at change.ifms@hse.ie.

Read IFMS FAQs