About Social Inclusion

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We are responsible for providing services connected to a range of issues and vulnerable groups. These include:

Poverty and social exclusion have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of the population.

We aim to improve access to mainstream and targeted health services for people from disadvantaged groups and reduce inequalities in health.

We also aim to enhance the participation of socially excluded groups and communities in health services particularly in relation to:

  • planning;
  • design;
  • delivery;
  • monitoring; and
  • evaluation.

We will achieve this by providing specific targeted services for people who may experience social exclusion.

Our services are unique within the HSE, because while we provide some of them directly, most are delivered through funding we provide to non-governmental organisations within the community and voluntary sector.

Although we are based within the HSE Primary Care Division, we work across much of the HSE. We represent the HSE on a range of cross-government groups. We also take part in joint projects with other HSE divisions, academic bodies and training settings.


Governance and accountability are important areas in the HSE and we are also represented on the National Primary Care Management team.

When developing and putting in place all areas of Social Inclusion, our Governance Group makes sure that appropriate arrangements are in place to coordinate, support and monitor best practice of all our services.

Various working groups report to the National Social Inclusion Governance Group. These include the:

  • National Addiction Advisory Governance group
  • Homeless Advisory Governance group
  • National Intercultural Health Governance group
  • National Traveller Health Advisory Forum.

Working in partnership

The National Social Inclusion office works in partnership with various areas in order to offer the best supports to service users.