Minister for Health launches HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Monaghan Enhanced Community Care (ECC) as part of €240m programme

Minister Stephen Donnelly also officially opens Carrickmacross Primary Care Centre

Today, (Friday, 17th June 2022), the Minister for HealthStephen Donnelly T.D., officially launched the HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Monaghan Enhanced Community Care (ECC) as the roll-out of the €240m programme continues nationwide.

Minister Donnelly visited the Cavan/Monaghan Community Healthcare Integrated Care Hub for older persons (ICPOP hub) at the Lisdarn Unit for the Elderly in Cavan. He also visited the site of the planned Chronic Disease HubThese hubs are based at Cavan General Hospital Campus and are part of the national ECC programme.

An essential theme underlying this programme is developing a new, integrated model of care, which is responsive to the needs of local communities. This requires strong leadership and ownership at local level, bringing the relationship between General Practice, primary care and specialist community care into a much more patient-focused and integrated model of care in each locality. 81 Community Healthcare Networks (one in Cavan and one in Monaghan) and 32 Community Specialist Teams have already been established nationally, with over 2,000 staff already recruited or at an advanced stage of employment, and the recruitment of a further 1,700 staff planned during 2022.

The ECC programme is already making substantial progress nationally, reducing pressure on services and dependence on the hospital-centric model of care through enhanced and increased community services.

Meeting staff and patients, Minister Donnelly said: “ECC is a huge investment in community healthcare services in the HSE, aiming to provide more services closer to people’s homes, and provide extra services for older people, or people who live with long-term health conditions.

“The work that has been undertaken by the Integrated Care Programmes for Older Persons and Chronic Disease over recent years has shown that we can achieve much better outcomes, particularly for older people who are frail, and people living with chronic disease. The new model of care allows specialist multidisciplinary teams at community healthcare network level to support people in their diagnosis and ongoing care. With the support of the Department of Health, these models are now being implemented at scale by the HSE, and when fully implemented will see a total of 30 Community Specialist Teams for Older People and 30 Specialist Teams for Chronic Disease.”

Pat Healy, National Director, Clinical Programme Implementation with the HSE, said: “Developed as part of implementing Sláintecare, the ECC programme aims to ensure all HSE primary and community care services work in an integrated way to meet population health needs across Ireland. By doing this, we can reduce dependence on hospital services and provide access to consultant-led specialist services in the community.

“This transformational programme will include 96 Community Healthcare Networks (CHNs), 30 Community Specialist Teams for Older Persons, 30 Community Specialist Teams for Chronic Disease and 3,500 additional staff. This marks a very significant step in supporting older people and people living with chronic disease by bringing specialist services closer to local communities and the people who need them and reducing pressure and dependence on hospital services.”

Dermot Monaghan, Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo said: The Integrated Care Hub at Cavan General Hospital will help us progress the ECC vision of providing accessible, integrated, and high-quality services closer to people’s homes. It can give fast access to specialist services in the community for older people. I want to thank the staff who have worked to get this team up and running, and who are already making a difference to the lives of thousands of older people in Cavan and Monaghan.”

Minister Donnelly also officially opened Carrickmacross Primary Care Centre in Co Monaghan, stating: “I am delighted to officially open the Carrickmacross Primary Care Centre. It is an excellent example of the provision of a range of health services from a single integrated, modern facility that will help serve the healthcare needs of the people of Cavan and Monaghan.”

The new Primary Care Centre accommodates a range of services such as GP Services, Dental, Public Health Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Dietetics, Podiatry, as well as Dentistry, Adult Mental Health Services and Health Promotion and Improvement Services. The Centre is used by the Monaghan Children’s Disability Network Team to provide local services. Also located within the building is the GP Practice of Dr Pascal Larney.


Last updated on: 17 / 06 / 2022