Training - Social Inclusion

We help our colleagues across the HSE to strengthen our response to vulnerable groups. One way of doing this is by developing a set of training programmes that helps staff to respond sensitively and effectively to people who experience social exclusion.

Intercultural Health Education and Training Framework

We are currently drafting a Social Inclusion Intercultural Health Education and Training Framework. The framework will provide a template for:

  • providing training and support to staff so they can deliver a responsive, culturally competent health service;
  • making sure of the quality and standardisation of professional practice;
  • collaborating with external service providers and organisations.

Intercultural Awareness and Practice in Health and Social Care Practice Training

The HSE Social Inclusion Service in CHO 5 have developed a model of training on a Train the Trainer basis in Intercultural Awareness and Practice in Health and Social Care Practice.This training programme has been approved for national roll out through the Intercultural Health Governance Group.                                 

Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Training

We are developing a national training programme to help frontline HSE staff. This programme will be rolled out in 2017.

This training will help our staff to develop skills so they can recognise and respond to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (DSGBV) in vulnerable or at risk communities.

This is in line with a number of HSE obligations under the cross-government Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2022-2026 and its implementation plan.

SAOR© Training in Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol and Substance Use   


We deliver the HSE National Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) Project for Alcohol and Substance Use under our Primary Care Division.

The agreed HSE national model for training in Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol and Substance Use is the SAOR© (Support, Ask and Assess, Offer Assistance and Referral) model (O’Shea and Goff, 2009).

Since 2012, the SBI project has coordinated the national roll out of a one-day SAOR© screening and brief intervention training programme for alcohol and substance use in partnership with the National Addiction Training Programme.

We set up the National Addiction Training Programme (NATP) in 2007. We formed it to meet the training needs of staff within drug and alcohol services. Through the programme we aim to:

  • provide training using evidence-based practices;
  • prioritise training programmes to meet current and emerging service needs; and
  • make sure there is adequate and appropriate validation for training.

Information and resources available here

National Drug Rehabilitation Framework

Developing training

We are in consultation with relevant stakeholders and are developing training on the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework (NDRF).

The aim of NDRF training is to use a blended learning approach, to enable those taking part to put in place the NDRF in their work and in their organisations.

By the end of the eLearning course, those taking part will be able to:

  • outline the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework;
  • explain the key protocols of the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework;
  • identify and explain key ways the Framework works, assesses people, and makes referrals;
  • identify and explain the ways care is planned;
  • identify and explain how cases are managed; and
  • identify what the service needs to have in place to work under the NDRF.

Local workshops

The plan is to develop and deliver workshops locally. The workshops will be based on local need and they will demonstrate the processes covered in the eLearning course. The resources section of the eLearning course will act as a portal for the sharing of existing resources and toolkits which local services can use to develop skill-based workshops.

Read further information on NDRF training