Management team of HSE CHO1 release series of videos thanking staff for going above and beyond since the outbreak of COVID-19

A series of six Thank You videos have been published by the Management team of HSE Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo) thanking staff for their incredible efforts since the outbreak of COVID-19.

The series was filmed in HSE Community Services across Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo featuring CHO1 management paying tribute to staff within their sections.

The concept was envisaged by the Executive Management Team who wanted to reflect their appreciation of all the efforts CHO 1 staff have gone to, to adapt to new ways of delivering services as well as delivering existing services against all odds.

The series of videos were released over a week by Chief Officer, CHO1, John Hayes and each Head of Service including, Ms Edel Quinn, Head of Service, Disability Services, Mr Frank Morrison, Head of Service, Older Persons, Mr Dermot Monaghan, Head of Service, Primary Care,  Mr Leo Kinsella, Head of Service, Mental Health and today sees the release of the final video in the series by Ms Cara O’Neill, Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing .

The first video was released on Friday September 24th by Chief Officer, CHO 1, Mr John Hayes.  Speaking to staff in the video he said “You brought calm to chaos, reassurance to those scared and comfort to the sick. Every single one of you played a role in making the lives of those people across the CHO 1 area better in an unprecedented situation and for this, I will never be able to express my gratitude completely.”

On Monday September 27th, HSE CHO1 Head of Service, Disability Services Ms Edel Quinn said  “An often used quote is “There is Ability in Disability”. There certainly is ability in CHO1 Disability Services staff, the ability to keep on giving, to keep on caring and the ability to keep on doing the right thing. My sincere thanks to all of the staff in CHO1 Disability Services for your COVID response. Please know how valued each and every one of you are and be very proud of what you have delivered and how you have cared during this pandemic.”

On Tuesday September 28th,  in a video to staff of Older Persons Services, Head of Service Mr Frank Morrison said “You have demonstrated your resilience, incredible commitment, skill, energy and dedication. You continue to show your great generosity by participating in the ongoing serial testing and vaccination programmes. We are going to overcome these times and when we do so, we will ensure we will move forward with the key learnings which will inform how we deliver services into the future. I wish to thank you all.”

On Wednesday September 29th, CHO1 Head of Service, Primary Care Mr Dermot Monaghan said ” The term ‘frontline worker’ or ‘essential worker’ has taken on a new meaning. The resilience, commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and sacrifice of all staff and the willingness to respond to whatever the ask with a “can-do” attitude has been unprecedented. As Head of Service Primary Care, we’re so proud and thankful for everything our staff (and patients) are doing in the face of pressure from the coronavirus pandemic and we acknowledge their families who continue to support their efforts to deal with the ongoing pandemic.”

On Friday October 1st, HSE CHO1 Head of Service, Mental Health, Mr Leo Kinsella said in his video to staff “Thank you for your selfless energy and the time you have invested and sacrificed away from your family, friends, and loved ones. Thank you for bravely walking towards the COVID-19 challenge amid uncertainty and adversity. Thank you for having the curiosity, compassion, dedication, and professional grace to support and keep those in our care safe.”

Releasing the final video today, CHO1 Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing, Ms Cara O’Neill said “Your professionalism, resilience, positivity and can do approach was and continues to be inspirational.

COVID-19 19 has changed all our lives and especially our working lives.  I am immensely proud of your work and the significant contribution you have made during this Pandemic.

My heartfelt thanks to you all.”

Each video is unique and features staff from the relevant service. It is about the staff and for the staff.

We hope these videos will be widely viewed by our residents, service users and the wider community as a whole and give an overall understanding of work undertaken by HSE CHO1 staff across the five counties since March 2020. 

The complete video series can be accessed via CHO1 Comms YouTube channel at CHO1Comms - YouTube

Ms O’Neill’s video

Mr Kinsella’s video

Mr Monaghan’s video

Mr Morrison’s video 

Mr Hayes’s video

Ms Quinn’s video 

Last updated on: 05 / 10 / 2021