A National Conference was organised through the HSE Quality Improvement Division on February 22nd, 2016 to create an awareness of the Act, its implications, challenges and opportunities for health and social care professionals. The conference was aimed at managers and staff who involved in planning, managing or delivering services to patients, service users or clients across health and social care settings. It brought together key Irish and UK experts to inform staff and managers about the legislation and to explore the impact this Act will have on current practice.
In May 2016, the HSE established a National Assisted Decision Making Steering Group to develop a programmatic response to the legislation to ensure effective compliance and implementation. One of the principle roles of this steering group is to develop documentation and guidance for health and social care providers in relation to the implementation of the Assisted Decision Making Act.
To support this, the steering group established a number of working groups:
The HSE Assisted Decision Making (ADM) Steering Group has been invited by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, T.D., to act as the Advanced Healthcare Directive Multidisciplinary Working Group under the Act. The role of the group, as directed by the Minister for Health, will be to prepare a detailed series of recommendations for the Director of the Decision Support Service in relation to the interpretation and operation of the AHD provisions contained in the Act.