PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland
Tel: 045 852300 Email: info@pna.ie

COVID-19 INFORMATION

DPER FAQ's update re Working Arrangements & Leave associated with COVID 19 & Quick Guideline re Working Arrangements

PNALogo2017200

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached DPER FAQ's update re Working Arrangements & Leave associated with COVID 19 & Appendix D re Quick Guide re Working Arrangements.

CLICK HERE to view/download HR Circular 025 2021 Updated DPER FAQs re Working Arrangements and Leave associated with COVID-19

CLICK HERE to view/download Appendix D Quick guide on working arrangements 16 June 2021

Read more ...

Advice Regarding Astra Zeneca Vaccine

HSE logo

As you are aware, vaccine supplies have increased in recent weeks and as a result the programme has gained significant momentum. We continue to administer vaccines as quickly as possible once they arrive into the country. While strictly adhering to the government’s provisional allocation sequencing, we are now administering over 250,000 vaccinations per week. As a result of the vaccination programme we have seen a collapse in case numbers, serious illness and deaths in vaccinated population groups, including our frontline healthcare workers. I am writing to confirm our operational plans in relation to Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca vaccine).

Click here to view/download original PDF...

Update on Guidance for Vaccinated Healthcare Worker

HSE logo

In light of emerging evidence regarding vaccine efficacy the following guidance is being issued:
1. Healthcare Workers (HCWs) who have completed vaccination*, and who are identified as a Close Contact of a Covid-19 case (which is not a suspected or
confirmed COVID-19 ‘variant of concern’), are no longer required to restrict movement or undergo testing or monitoring, unless there are specific concerns
identified following risk assessment.
 

Vaccination programme update - Letter from Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer

HSE logo

Date: February 5th, 2021

I am writing to update you on our plans for vaccination of front-line healthcare workers in the upcoming weeks. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients throughout 2020 and in January 2021, which has been the most difficult month to date for all of us.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD THIS LETTER - PDF

and HERE FOR SEQUENCING AND REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR HCW COVID VACCINATION FEBRUARY 5TH 2021

UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT COVID-19’ VACCINATION PROGRAM

PNALogo2017200

REF:MHEM0121

CIRCULAR TO ALL PNA MEMBERS 29/01/21

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached updated information on the current Covid-19’ vaccination program. As you know, the PNA has expressed its ongoing frustration at how vaccines were being distributed and the belief that some Mental Health settings had been left behind. The PNA issued a press release last Friday, January 22nd, and communicated with the HSE the many frustrating and infuriating examples experienced by our membership.

Read more ...

HR Circular 074 2020 - Updated FAQs re working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 & Special Leave with Pay

HSE logo

Please find attached Circular 073/2020 re Special Leave with Pay for Covid-19

Please also find attached Circular 074/2020 and accompanying appendices re updated FAQ’s re working arrangements and leave associated with Covid 19. Click the following links to view/download...

HR Circular 073 2020 Application of Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19

HR Circular 074 2020 -Updated FAQs re working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19

Read more ...

Special Leave with Pay

 

HSE logo

Following an engagement process under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), it has been agreed that the following arrangements will apply to public health service employees who are eligible for Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19 and normally receive unsocial hours premium payments based on their roster.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL DOCUMENT...

New COVID-19 guidance published

covidhse20

Since the start of the pandemic the HSE’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (AMRIC) has published or updated over 100 guidelines and protocols to help healthcare staff, service providers and the public reduce the spread of COVID-19. Three important new guidelines have been published this month and one update that reflect the Government Framework levels 1 – 5. Please familiarise yourself with guidance that is relevant for your service.

Read more ...

Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Leaflets and Information

PNALogo2017200

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Read more ...

Coronavirus COVID – 19

PNALogo2017200

03rd March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Read more ...

NMBI Statement to Registered Nurses and Midwives on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

nmbi20

10th March 2020

Dear Colleagues

Please see link from NMBI regarding a statement from the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to all registered nurses and registered midwives, in the context of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) which all members are advised to read.

https://www.nmbi.ie/News/News/NMBI-Statement-to-registered-nurses-and-midwives-o

Read more ...

Covid-19 - Staff Helpline: minding your mental health

HSE logo

Click here for more 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:

  • a free staff counselling service is available through the Employee Assistance Programme

List of local Occupational Health office and contact details

  • for Health and Safety advice and information phone 1850 520 420

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.

  • Callsave 1850 420 420
  • Lines are open from Monday to Friday: 8am - 8pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm

Covid-19 communications from DOH/HSE

Please see Covid-19 communications from DOH/HSE re:

  • Department of Health Covid Hub
  • Department of Health Podcast
  • Wellbeing “In This Together”
  • Mental health policy and support line
  • HSE Translated COVID-19 Resources
  • Other Translated Resources
  • COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
  • Stay Safe. Protect each other. Wear a face covering. (Download/View Face Coverings Campaign Pack 19_June_2020 - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION)

Read more ...

Message from Covid-19 Stakeholder Communications Support and updates

hse gov

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your continuing support and sharing information about COVID-19. Below are some communications updates for you.

Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business - Ireland is now in Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which began on Monday 29th June. You can view the measures that form part of Phase 3 here.

Read more ...