Pat Healy, National Director Social Care HSE, 

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Presentation at DFI, 5th Feb 2014


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Presentation to The Disability Federation Of Ireland, Pat Healy – National Director Social Care, 5th February, 2014

Vision – Strategic Context


  • Develop a new person centred model of care for older people and people with disabilities
  • Promoting independence and lifestyle choice as far as possible
  • Maintain people at home or in their own community
  • A sustainable model - “money follows the person”

Sustain Service Delivery

  • Service Plan delivery within Resources, Targets & Standards
  • Incremental performance improvement
  • Transition safely

What will be different for Older People & People with Disabilities

  • Clear and comparable information and advice to make good decisions about their service - person centred models of care the norm, with ease of access to services
  • People will be involved in developing their own care-plan based on standardised needs assessment which focuses on people’s strengths & personal goals
  • Maximised potential of local communities & social networks to sustain people in their own homes and communities
  • Increased control of their own resource through “money following the person” budgeting
  • Service users and their local communities will be heard & involved in all stages of the process to plan and improve services
  • A wider range of high quality options either through public, private or voluntary providers - choices available and people informed

Social Care Policy Direction & Service Modelling

  • Disability Services – Priorities 2014
  • Implementation Framework – Value for Money and Policy Review
  • People moving from institutional settings to homes in the community
  • Reconfiguration of day services and young people leaving school / rehabilitation programmes
  • Disability services for children and young people (0 – 18s)
  • Service user involvement and quality in the development of services
  • Management and information systems

Services for Older People – Priorities 2014

  • Develop sustainable model for long stay care - review of fair deal – nursing home support scheme
  • Develop an integrated of service for older people – supporting older peoples independence 


  • Assessment of need – single assessment tool
  • Service user involvement
  • Research, demographic trends – planning & research
  • Service improvement models and performance management models

Governance & Accountability - Processes

  • National Level
  • Directorate – Governing Body
  • Leadership Team
  • Planning, Performance & Assurance Group
  • Social Care Management Team
  • Head of Operations & Service Improvement - Services for Older Persons
  • Head of Operations & Service Improvement - Disability Services
  • Head of Planning, Performance & Programme Management
  • Quality & Standards Assurance
  • Clinical Lead

National Consultative Forum

National Implementation Framework – Value for Money & Policy Review

Service Delivery

  • Regional - RDPIs – Transition Period (RDOs)
  • ISA’s and Hospital Groups
  • Support Functions – Finance, HR, Shared Service, Communication


  • Reform Programme Office (DOH)
  • System Reform Office (HSE) Leo Kearns

Social Care Division Operational Plan 2014, High Level Summary – Disability Services

Social Care Funding 2014

  • The social care budget for 2014 is set at €3,055.3m which is a small increase of 0.5% on the 2013 position
  • This includes reductions of €31.3m, which are principally pay related reductions associated with Haddington Road, the employment control framework (moratorium) and incentivised career break.
  • It also includes additional resource of €45m representing €14m developments in disability services and additional resource of €31m to cover deficits in disability and older people services.
  • HRA (€11.5m) & related pay reductions (€4m) for Disabilities
  • Further €80m to be allocated – across all Care Groups.

Disability Services – Key Points

  • Embarking on a large scale reform programme to implement the VfM and Policy Review which will transform our model of service to a community based model of person-centred care
  • National Implementation Framework Steering Group & National Consultative Forum will support implementation 
  • An additional investment of €14m and 130 additional staff will:
    • Provide places for an estimated 1,200 young people leaving school or Rehabilitative Training nationwide -  35 additional staff - €7m
    • Provide “emergency” placements for people with disabilities whose care or family circumstances have changed and who now require an immediate and unplanned service response 15 additional staff - €3m.  
    • Roll out a new model of assessment and intervention, the objective of which is to provide one clear referral pathway for all children (0 – 18s), irrespective of their disability, where they live or the school they attend - 80 additional therapy staff - €4m
  • Reconfiguring existing resources will:
    • Deliver a more person-centred model of care and support, with more than 150 people moving to more appropriate homes in the community.
    • Realisation of €5m efficiencies in line with the VfM and Policy Review
    • Streamline governance arrangements

Social Care Division Operational Plan 2014, Detailed Actions – Making It Real

A Person Centred Model of Service & Supports, Strategic Groundwork – 2014

  • National Implementation Framework Steering Group – Implementation Plan
  • Evaluate Demonstration Projects
  • Develop baseline data & comprehensive evaluation process
  • Develop national guidelines and process to support rollout of congregated settings in 2015 and future years.
  • Cross agency working with Local Housing Authorities
  • Building a “community development” approach

Embedding Change in Social Care Services

A Person Centred Model of Service & Supports

Specific Actions – 2014 - planned approach, responsive management, consultation & learning e.g.

  • School Leavers
    • Identify cohort with DES / Providers – 1st Feb
    • Identify service providers to respond – 1st April
    • Advise School Leavers & Families - 30th June
    • Communication & Learning for 2015
  • 150 to move on from congregated settings
  • New Directions – translate learning from demonstration sites
  • 0-18’s – model of assessment and intervention -one clear pathway, irrespective of disability

Reform is Part of our Work Every Day

Service User & Community Involvement 

  • National Consultative Framework Process to enhance involvement
  • Maximise potential of local communities & social networks – collaborate with DFI & other agencies
  • Take a “whole system” approach in developing health and wellbeing
  • Local Communities will be heard – “Nothing About Us – Without Us”
  • Building a coalition of support with local communities, voluntary partners, staff & unions and the political system in achieving our shared objective

How we implement change is important

Quality & Standards

  • Implement national HIQA standards for residential services
  • Work with stakeholders during commencement of registration and inspection
  • Regional implementation groups and national reference group
  • Implement Children First in a standardised way
  • Develop standardised assessment of need process & inform resource allocation model
  • Safe Guarding Adults – sign off of policy

Although care costs, poor quality care costs more, Client Safety is Paramount

Management & Information Systems Work with DOH on strategic information framework

  • Performance Indicators – move from output to outcome focus
  • Develop web based system to support easier service user access to information and advice
  • Information to support planning including unmet needs

Joint Approach Required

Efficiency & Effectiveness

  • VfM & Policy Review – step change in implementation - realisation of €5m efficiencies
  • Strengthening governance & streamline service arrangements / agreements
  • Shared service platform – real opportunities to leverage the model to streamline how we operate
  • Promoting merging & partnering of service providers where appropriate
  • Procurement measures
  • Service improvement team developed to support and validate measures

Efficiencies will be targeted proportionately between the larger & smaller services

Public Service Stability Agreement 2013- 2016 (HRA)

  • HRA flexibilities can be applied to all services voluntary & statutory
  • HRA (€11.5m) & related pay reductions (€4m)
  • Enabling implementation of change programmes & extraction of cost
    • Review and change work practices, rosters as envisaged in Future Health
    • Additional Hours
    • Reduction in head count etc
    • Higher remuneration reductions
    • Reorganisation and consolidation of services
    • Redeployment and reassignment
    • Some outsourcing options

HRA Supporting Change

Public Service Stability Agreement 2013- 2016 (HRA)

  • Each area working with agencies must ensure that
    • verifiable, 
    • achievable and
    • proportionate 
    • cost reduction and productivity measures are set for all agencies.
  • Each area must have robust and transparent processes in place to verify delivery of same
  • Each submission from the agencies must be stressed tested and validated and quality assured by Area Manager
  • Early verifiable implementation
  • Focus particularly on the top 50, however, all agencies to complete documentation, collaborative approach
  • Questionnaire to be sent to all agencies receiving under €250,000

Social Care Division - Values

  • Our Mission – Why we exist
  • Our Values – How we operate
  • Our Vision – Where we want our organisation to be
    • Service
    • Community
    • Passion for Excellence
    • Learning 
    • Trust

Developing a shared vision & values, Making it real

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