Thursday, 13th April 2017
At the meeting the Minister confirmed his absolute commitment to implement, all elements of the proposals, and said it was a key priority, for 2017, for the health service.
In that context it was agreed that a joint Implementation Committee, involving senior officials from either side would be established, and meet monthly, to oversee implementation of the proposals. It was agreed that we would meet with the Minister again, in the week beginning Monday, 24th April 2017, for the first meeting of this group and to agree a timetable, for future meetings, to monitor implementation between now and the end of the year.
At this meeting, it was also agreed, that there would be immediate engagement on the following:
1. Permanent contracts - it was agreed that the HSE would immediately move to issue permanent full-time contracts, to all nurses/midwives currently on panels, to all 2016 undergraduates (where this has not already taken place) and to 2017 graduates (subject to graduating).
2. CNM1 posts - direct engagement on agreeing the future requirements for the further establishment of CNM1 posts, at ward level, to re-establish the line management structure recommended by the Commission on Nursing.
3. RNID - direct discussion to complete the review of the number of RNID posts, working alongside/supervising Social Care Worker posts, that now fall to be regraded to CNM1.
4. Undergraduate/Postgraduate initiatives - it was agreed that the Department of Health, through the office of the Chief Nurse, would immediately finalise the process providing for the increase in undergraduate places (130 this September) and the commencement of postgraduate (conversion) courses in 2018. This will be further reviewed at the first meeting of the national implementation committee.
The meeting also discussed the issuing, by Ministerial Order, of a Directive, under Section 10 of the Health Act 2004, which directs the HSE to implement the funded workforce plan (providing for a nursing/midwifery workforce of 37,048 posts) by the end of the year. In this regard the Minister confirmed the following:
Overall the INMO delegation felt that this was a constructive engagement with the Minister clearly indicating his full commitment to implementing the proposals without delay.
Further updates will issue, via news updates to members, beginning with the first meeting of the National Implementation Group scheduled to take place in the week beginning 24th April 2017.
Finally may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Easter weekend.
With kind regards.
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