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National Staff Engagement Forum - Purpose And Role

 Membership of the Forum is designed to accurately reflect the staff profile in the health service and includes members from the HSE and the voluntary sector. We currently have 60 members on the Forum based on a proportional representation of staff across the services based on roles, grades and geographical areas.

The Forum is co-chaired by Anne Marie Hoey,  National Director of Human Resources, and Dr Philip Crowley, National Director Quality Improvement Division. It is co-facilitated by Vera Kelly, National Organisation, Design and Development (OD&D) Lead for Staff Engagement.

Meeting dates in 2020:

  • 25th February
  • 9th June
  • 8th September
  • 8th December

In our recent meetings we have invited speakers from different parts of the organisation to share experiences of projects that engage staff for example, Forum members have provided feedback to the National Communications Division in relation to digital and social media and the organisation’s InSpire Hub. Members have also been informed about the work of the organisation’s Programme for Health Service Improvement and Values in Action project.

We are proud to be part of a Forum which acknowledges the expertise of staff and which will use this to help develop guidance for services on the top ‘Staff Suggestions for Engagement’. The Forum will continue to gather suggestions for how to improve staff engagement and share these with health sector organisations.

The Purpose of the Forum

To create a space for conversations about what matters to staff in terms of engagement and gather suggestions on how to improve it by building on existing approaches and continually looking for new ways to engage staff.

To give a sense of ownership and personal responsibility for engagement, building positive and effective communication between all people regardless of their position.

To share good examples of staff engagement.

To provide feedback and advice to the health sector on improving staff engagement in the design and implementation of organisation wide initiatives and policies.

To promote staff engagement throughout the health sector to create a positive working environment for staff and service users.

The Forum decided that a number of items are outside its scope - these include recruitment, funding, industrial relations, site specific issues and negativity! However, it was agreed that as the Forum needs to be a space where staff can share honest feedback, if staff raise these concerns, they will be shared with the relevant department.

The Role of the Forum

The role of the Forum is to assist health services to scope and develop a staff engagement strategy that influences and shapes how the HSE involves all staff in the design and delivery of services.

In joining the Forum each member agrees:

  • to participate fully in each forum meeting
  • to share their individual experience and perspectives of staff engagement with the forum
  • to provide a voice for staff who are not directly involved in the forum
  • to increase awareness of the staff engagement forum in our own areas
  • to identify drivers, barriers and potential solutions to challenges to staff engagement
  • to be an agent-of-change within their own system.

Members of National Staff Engagement Forum

Adrienne Lynam, Andy Wilson, Anne Doheny, Anne Igoe, Anne Masterson, Annemarie Byrne, Annette Sweeney McCarron, Ann Marie Newell, Ann Marie Tibby, Antoinette Kelly, Aoife Ni Chorcorain, Breffini McGuiness, Carol Barr, Caroline Lennon–Nally, Cathal Reilly, Conor Quinlan, Conor MacPartlin, Derek Gillis, Ejiro O'Hare Stratton, Elaine Fallon, Elaine Naughton, Eva O'Reilly, Freda Shannon, Gerard Crotty, Grainne Milne, Grainne Leach, Helen Browne, Irene Maguire, Iyrin Gajardio, Janet Murray, Jeff Cheatle, Jennifer Madden, Jimmy Todd, Joanna (Aska) Pasek, Johannes Letshwiti, Jonathon Curtin, Juliana Duffin, Liam McElhinney, Lisa Walsh,  Lorraine Smyth, Louise Hendrick, Marie Kinsella, Martina Glynn, Mary Kelly,  Marie O'Malley, Martina Glynn, Maureen Flynn, Monica Mahon, Niamh Lacey, Noel Riordan, Noreen Heston, Noreen Turley, Orla Byrne, Patricia McQuillan, Patricia Tracey, Paul Gallen, Paul Farnan, Pauline McDonagh, Peter Behan, Ray Maloney, Raymond Lanigan,  Rhona Conlon, Roisin Lowry, Rose McCaul, Shane Keane, Shann Morris, Siobhan Burke, n  Burke, Stephen O'Flaherty, Stephen Elliffe, Theresa Heller, Yvonne Delaney, Vasicle Gabura

Records of meetings

Minutes of Meetings 2020

25th February 2020.docx (size 71.5 KB)

Minutes of Meetings 2019

3rd December 2019.docx (size 1.6 MB)

18th September 2019.docx (size 40.3 KB)

11th June 2019

5th March 2019

Minutes of Meetings 2018

4th December 2018

18th September 2018

19th June 2018

11th April 2018

16th January 2018

Archive records of meetings

National Staff Engagement Forum Update 2017

Video Clip

Forum members explaining what engagement means to them. As shown at the DG Leadership Masterclass 2017

Staff Engagement