- Category: HSE Information
Ask for help if you are struggling to cope or concerned about your ability to care for yourself, your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.
You can access a number of support services through the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit. Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit:
List of local Occupational Health office and contact details
Phone line to help healthcare workers
A dedicated phone line for all healthcare workers is available. It has been set up to give staff and managers information and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please find below information regarding the current Covid 19 emergency. We wish to advise all our members that we are engaging with the HSE on a continuous basis and that all information is subject to change as the situation progresses.
We advise all members to make themselves aware of this information and advise. Each heading includes links to the current information available in relation to each topic.
Further information can be found on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website hpsc.ie
HR Circular 016/2020: Addendum to HR Circular 12/2020 COVID 19 FAQs for Public Service Employers in relation to working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (including updates on changes from the containment to delay phase) 13th March 2020
HR Circular 017/2020: Update re Social Distancing in the Health Sector
Appendix A: Guidance for public service employees in relation to COVID-19 self-isolation and self-quarantine notifications
Appendix B: Guidance for managers when notified of COVID-19 self-isolation or self-quarantine
Appendix C: COVID-19 SELF DECLARATION FORM FOR SPECIAL LEAVE WITH PAY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE EMPLOYEES
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Lines are open from Monday to Friday: 8am - 8pm : Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
National Public Health Guidance for COVID-19 - www.hpsc.ie for the most up to date information on infection prevention and control.
A COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence repository is now available. Click here to access
This site provides a repository of clinical guidance and latest research evidence to equip the clinical community in Ireland to respond to Covid-19.
The site contains:
The content of the site is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation, but rather strengthen clinical management of patients and provide up-to-date and relevant guidance. The guidance is iterative in nature and will be updated as the situation changes.
This guidance must be read in conjunction with the National HSE Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance for Possible or Confirmed COVID-19
The repository is accessible from the Staff COVID-19 homepage.
10th March 2020
I am writing in relation to the PNA RCSI Programmes.
RCSI has taken a decision to postpone all planned external events for the time being, in order to try to minimise the number of non-RCSI visitors to the campus.
As you will be aware, Ireland remains in a containment phase for COVID-19. As a health sciences university, RCSI has a responsibility to lead by example in helping contain the spread of the virus.
03rd March 2020
Over the past few weeks there has been regular engagement between the HSE and the Health Unions.
A teleconference was held this morning and a follow up telecall will be held on Friday 06th March 2020.
The concerns and queries that have been addressed are available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre Website www.HPSC.ie. Which is updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.
Wednesday 19th February : The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association (PNA) said today’s Mental Health Commission (MHC) Report on access to acute public mental health beds for adults paints a stark and worrying picture of the impact that the lack of investment, and the failure of successive governments to implement the Vision for Change strategy, is having on our mental health services.
Peter Hughes , General Secretary of the PNA, said the MHC Report confirms many of the findings of the PNA’s own research on the lack of implementation of the Vision for Change strategy, 14 years after it was introduced as the pathway to new beginning for our mental health services.
Thursday 13 th February : The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today that real and substantial actions to address the crisis in mental health services must be a central part of any Programme for Government to be negotiated in the formation of the next government.
Peter Hughes, General Secretary of the PNA, said that during the election campaign all of the political parties had made much of their commitments to investment in mental health services in order to address the crisis that has left services struggling to meet demand at every level.
The NMBI wishes to thank all nurses and midwives who have paid their annual retention fees for 2020. Almost 95% of registrants have renewed to date.
For those who have not yet renewed, the fee is now overdue and there is a danger of removal from the register.
Friday 10th January 2020 - The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel branch, NASRA,said today (Friday) that the current crisis in Emergency Departments with record numbers of patients waiting on trolleys, is putting the national ambulance service (NAS) under enormous pressure, and is exposing the levels of understaffing and underinvestment in the service throughout the country.
NASRA Branch Secretary, Tony Gregg said the NAS was already struggling to cope with the existing demands on it, including low morale among ambulance personnel. However, the unfolding crisis in ED departments risks pushing the service and ambulance service personnel beyond breaking point.
Mr. Gregg said: “The National Ambulance Service is running on empty with ambulances held back at ED departments and consistently missing response time targets, ambulances being deployed on very long journeys across the country and crews being forced to work beyond rostered shifts, and work without the required rest and meal breaks.”
I wish to advise that the result of the ballot in relation to the recruitment and retention dispute is:
80% in favour of accepting the proposed measures
20% against accepting the proposed measures
Friday, November 8 th 2019 : Psychiatric nurses in Waterford, members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, (PNA) , today (Friday, 8 th Nov.) protested at the University Hospital Waterford at the ongoing overcrowding at the hospital's Acute Psychiatry Unit.
Today's protest follows on last week's unprecedented overcrowding at the Unit which is the latest example of the crisis in mental health services in Waterford brought about through a combination of overcrowding, understaffing and a complete lack of development of Community and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said today's protest was necessary to highlight the impact that overcrowding and under -resourcing of mental health services in Waterford is having on the delivery of care to vulnerable services users.
Wednesday 30th October: The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) has today (Wednesday) said that overcrowding in the Waterford mental health services has reached unprecedented levels and has placed staff working in the services under intolerable pressure.
The 44-bed acute Psychiatry Unit at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has an additional 10 patients admitted on the ward. Ten beds assigned to Waterford Mental Health Services at the private St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin are now full and a further three Waterford patients have had to be transferred to Kilkenny which is now also fully occupied.
PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said the overcrowding in the Waterford services has now reached unprecedented levels despite repeated warnings from the PNA in recent months that the situation in the services was deteriorating.