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Note to All PNA Members: 18/05/18


Dear Colleagues,

The PNA met with the Public Sector Pay Commission on Tuesday 15 th May as a follow on to our detailed submission to the Pay Commission last November. The salient points of our submission were verbally presented and re-iterated with updates since our November submission.

The key points raised were:

1 . The impact on service provision due to nursing shortages, e.g.; staffing of the 20 bedded CAMHS unit in the new National Children's Hospital. Staffing of the additional 76 beds in the new National Forensic Services. 120% bed capacity in adult mental health services due to lack of community developments.

2. Competing market forces

UK relocation recruitment packages and UK additional recruitment post Brexit

Competition from the Irish private hospitals and agencies

3. Acknowledgement by HSE testament at Oireachtas Committee meetings on the Future of Mental Health Care in Ireland, i.e.;

Head of Mental Health Division stated:

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Directions to Headquarters

From Dublin and the north

The N7/M7 south (destination Cork, Limerick and Waterford) is well sign-posted at major junctions in the city centre. Take the N7 and travel for 20 km past the ‘Red Cow’ junction with the M50 motorway. Take the exit after passing the Johnstown Garden Centre, signposted Junction 9: R445 – North Naas, Sallins. Proceed through the following roundabouts:

1st roundabout (Johnstown): 2nd exit, signposted Naas;

2nd roundabout (‘The Big Ball’): 2nd (road) exit, signposted Sallins. You should pass ‘Woodies’ immediately on your right - do not follow signposts for Naas;

3rd roundabout (entrance to ‘Woodies’): 2nd exit, straight ahead;

4th roundabout (entrance of Millennium Park): 3rd exit, straight ahead over bridge turn right at 1st set of traffic lights into Supervalu Shopping complex

From the south

Take the N7/M7 towards Dublin. Exit the motorway at the second Naas exit, signposted Junction 9: R445 – Naas. Turn right at the end of the exit fly-over, signposted Sallins. You should pass ‘Woodies’ immediately on your right – do not follow signposts for Naas. Proceed straight through the next roundabouts @the second roundabout take the third exit straight

About the PNA

Structures of the PNA.

The Branch:

The PNA is based on a strong branch structure. Each branch is responsible for representing it’s members and has significant autonomy in that respect. Each branch has a Branch Secretary, Branch Chairman and Branch Treasurer responsible for the day to day running of each branch in conjunction with the Branch Committee. Branch officers and committee are elected by the branch members annually at the branch A.G.M. The Branch Chairman and Secretary represent the Branch at the National Executive.

Annual Delegate Conference:

The A.D.C. is held annually. Delegations from each branch are entitled to attend based on each branch having two votes regardless of size provided each branch consisting of fifty members shall be entitled to one extra vote in respect of each group of twenty five members in excess of fifty up to two hundred members and one additional vote in respect of each group of fifty members in excess of two hundred members.

All National Officers, Trustees and Representatives on the Officer Board are elected by the delegates at A.D.C.

Each Branch is invited to propose motions to conference for consideration. All amendments to rules resolutions motions and all nominations for National Officers, Trustees or membership of the Officer Board intended for consideration at the Annual Delegate Conference must be received by the General Secretary at the registered office of the association not later than a date appointed each year by the Officer Board.

National Executive Council:

The N.E.C. consists of the Officer Board and two representatives from each branch. It is the ultimate decision making body of the association and is responsible for enacting policy of the Association as determined by A.D.C.

The Officer Board:

The Honorary Officers, National Chair, Secretary and Treasurer along with the Regional and Sections Reps comprise the Officer Board which is vested with the management of the Association between Annual Conferences. It is responsible for the enforcement and observation of rules, organisation of A.D.C.

Advice Regarding Astra Zeneca Vaccine

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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).

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Update on Guidance for Vaccinated Healthcare Worker

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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

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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.







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.

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