The HSE Gradlink Programme was launched in 2016. A competency based application was introduced in order to afford applicants the opportunity to best capture and present their learning and work experience to date. This year placements are available across the HSE including Corporate, Community Health Organisations and Hospital Groups, HBS, Disability Services, Ireland East Hospital Group and Emergency Management with a greater geographic spread than earlier campaigns. This year there are six graduate streams available with the introduction of Data Analytics.
3,500 Staff Participate in ‘Steps to Health’ Challenge
There have been increasing levels of staff participation in staff health and wellbeing initiatives. For example - growth in number of staff participating in Steps to Health Challenge to 3,500 staff.
Framework for Improving Quality Development to support Delivery of Care
There is a quality improvement plan in place which has been developed in line with the Framework for Improving Quality and aligned with national and organisational priorities.
Healthy Ireland plans published – 3 CHOs and Five Hospital Groups
Healthy Ireland plans published in 5 Hospital Groups and 3 CHOs – each plan has a clear focus on staff health and wellbeing.
Workplace Health and Wellbeing
The HSE Workplace Health & Wellbeing Unit was established in 2016 and is led by Dr. Lynda Sisson and is part of the National Human Resources division.
Workplace Health & Wellbeing is tasked with ensuring the delivery of high quality staff support services including Staff Health and Wellbeing, Occupational Health, Staff Engagement and Employee Assistance programmes, Health and Safety, Work Positive Tool. More information can be found at www.hse.ie/workwell
IHF Delivering Healthy Catering Awards
There was an increase in roll out and engagement of HSE working in partnership with Irish Heart Foundation delivering Sli Na Slainte Walking routes, Staff Physical Activity Champions and Healthy Catering Awards in HSE sites.
Culture and Values
Health Service Excellence Awards
More than 300 projects from all over the country entered the 2017 Health Service Excellence Awards, which were open to all staff working in the publicly funded health system. The shortlisted projects highlighted how so many HSE staff are working to deliver better services with easier access and higher quality care for patients. Four regional ‘Share the Learning’ events were held to highlight the contributions from different areas.
National LGBTI+ Network
Launch of the HSE’s LGBTI and Allies Network created to support staff.
Values in Action
Everyday thousands of our staff live the values of care, compassion, trust and learning. Sometimes this is very visible, sometimes it is not. In order to shape our culture around these values, so that they are evident every day in every workplace, we have translated our values from words into behaviours that we can all demonstrate.
Values in Action is a social movement, led by staff, to spread the behaviours and to shape the culture in our health services. It’s about making the health services a better place to be for staff and for our patients and service users.
Values in Action is now underway in the UL Hospitals Group and in the Mid West Community Healthcare, the National Divisions, Dublin North City and County (CHO 9) and we’ve just started Doctors for Values in Action.
You can follow our progress on Twitter @HSEValues #weareourvalues or see hse.ie/valuesinaction for more info.
Minding Your Wellbeing – positive mental health promotion for staff
Development, roll out and evaluation of positive mental health promotion programme for almost 550 staff – ‘Minding Your Wellbeing’ by Health Promotion and Improvement.
Expansion of Hseland – Learning & Development Website
Additional resources were added to the HSE’s Learning & Development website HSEland.ie
Mentoring & Coaching Supports developed for staff
The Workplace Relations Unit in the HSE HR Division has developed a number of coaching and mentoring supports for staff. Having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced coach or mentor can provide staff members with a broad range of personal and professional benefits, which ultimately lead to improved performance in the workplace. A National Human Resources Coach Training Programme has also been developed and accreditation awaited.