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Staff engagement - Resources

HSE Pulse Staff Survey 2020.docx (size 12.6 KB)

The Health Services Executive (HSE) on behalf of health services is carrying out a research study to assess/learn about staff experience during COVID-19 in order to inform what process and practices worked well and the changes and innovations that can be maintained into the future.

This research involves two stages;

1) An on line survey during July 2020

2) Focus groups/Learning Events September 2020.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and responses will remain anonymous and strictly confidential. In order to conduct the survey, the HSE have partnered with Core Research, an independent market research company who are bound by a strict code of conduct not to identify individual responses which guarantees complete confidentiality. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

For those people who don't have Health Services email a password can be obtained from Katie at 091 775953.

For the purpose of this study, please be advised that when we speak about ‘during COVID-19’ we are referring to the period from March- June 2020 only.

We have pulled together some useful resources which you may find helpful.

Challenging your Negative thinking.pdf (size 1.5 MB)

Visibility of Senior Managers.jpg (size 75.2 KB)

Positive Workplace Initiatives.jpg (size 80.2 KB)

Caring for Mental Health and Wellbeing of Staff and Improving Work Environment.jpg (size 85.5 KB)

When your parent is a keyworker - advice for children and young people during Coronavirus.pdf (size 3.3 MB)

Tips for Managing Stress.pdf (size 825.2 KB) 

Fatigue poster 1.pdf (size 883.3 KB)

Self Care.pdf (size 1.5 MB)

Living with Worry and Anxiety.pdf (size 1.2 MB)

Psychosocial Tips for Management.docx (size 514.9 KB)

Useful links

People of the HSE - Twitter handle

Quality Improvement Division Staff Engagement

Health Service Excellence Awards

Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Values in Action

Engaging Health Staff - An Action Plan 2019 - 2021

In response to the Staff Survey 2018 results 

On the 11th of June 2019, "Engaging Health Staff - An Action Plan 2019 - 2021" was launched by Director General of the HSE, Paul Reid. This action plan is a response to the findings of the 2018 Staff Survey and sets out the HSE's Staff Engagement vision for the coming years. A detailed action plan relating to the staff engagement indicators from the survey provides the reader with evidence-based actions to target these indicators along with useful resources and tools that will help to implement the related actions. Staff and managers throughout the HSE are encouraged to tailor this action plan to the Staff Survey results of their department, area or region. Should any department, area or region require support in tailoring or implementing this plan, please contact info.OD&Dhsewest@hse.ie 

Click the link below to read Engaging Health Staff - An Action Plan 2019 - 2021

Engaging Health Staff - An Action Plan 2019 - 2021.pdf (size 4.4 MB)

Reflection of Common Themes between the National Patient Experience Survey and the Your Opinion Counts Staff Survey 2018

Private sector research has long demonstrated that there is a relationship between staff experience and customer satisfaction. Research into this relationship in health sectors has lagged in comparison but has in recent times started to emerge. In 2016, an analysis of themes between the 2016 Your Opinion Counts staff survey and the 2017 patient experience survey indicated that there is a relationship between staff and patient experience. Advancing on that work, common themes where extracted and analysed for the more recent staff and patient surveys further highlighting how this relationship impacts on patient care in Irish Health Services.

Click the link below for further reading on this relationship

Reflection of Common Themes between the Staff and Patient Surveys 2018.pdf (size 564 KB)

Engaging Health Staff - An Introduction

‘Engaging Health Staff – An Introduction’ was published in 2018 and aims to educate and inform staff about Staff Engagement and the different ways they can be engaged.  

Yammer Staff Engagement Groups

National Staff Engagement Forum - Forum members only - https://www.yammer.com/hse.ie/#/threads/inGroup?type=in_group&feedId=9213076

For all other health service employees - https://www.yammer.com/hse.ie/#/threads/inGroup?type=in_group&feedId=14377825&view=all

Our team

Vera KellyNational Organisation Design & Development (OD&D) Lead for Staff Engagement and co-facilitator of the National Staff Engagement ForumVera_Kelly
Denise O'SheaOrganisation Design & Development (OD&D) Lead for Staff SurveyDenise_O_Shea
Eileen FahyOrganisation Design & Development (OD&D) Co-Ordinator for Staff EngagementEileen_Fahy
Breda O'Dowd


Katie Gilmartin

Staff Engagement