Conference | 2018
November 22nd
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HCA & Carers Ireland Conference
Following on from last year’s successful conference, we are delighted to be able to confirm that this year’s conference will take place on Thursday November 22nd from 9am to 5pm in the fabulous CityNorth Hotel on the M1.

Last year’s conference was a huge success with over 450 attendees! Our first conference held exclusively for Health Care Assistant/Carers. It highlighted and generated some interesting discussion on the issues that are of concern in the many different care settings in Ireland.

In Ireland there are over 60,000 professional Health Care Assistants/Carers and we want this year’s conference to be even bigger and better. We will have a wide range of speakers from government, state institutions, sector stakeholders and of course Health Care assistant/Carers themselves.
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Health Care Assistants/Carers
Health Care Assistants/Carers play a vital role in our health sector but their contribution is often undervalued and not fully recognised. The recent ERSI report into the future needs of healthcare workers, highlighted that it was amongst Health Care Assistants/Carers where we would face the biggest increase in demand. A staggering 54% increase. In addition, the Department of Health’s own Health Service Capacity Review recommends and 50% increase in the primary care workforce.

Hospitals, Home Care, Nursing Homes, Residential, Hospice Care staff and other settings have never been in such demand, time to look at why there is a demand!
We want this year’s conference to begin to address these issues and to celebrate the important role Carers/Health Care Assistants carry out and to highlight that caring is a
worthwhile career that needs to be properly remunerated with clear career pathways open for Carers and Health Care Assistants.
The event has opportunities for sponsorship if you would like to know more:
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Our list of speakers
Conference agenda
Róisín O’Hara
Master of conference
Time
Speaker
Topic
8:30
Conference centre open / Delegate registration
9:00
Allison Metcalfe
Founder of HCA & Carers Ireland
Opening address
9:05
Ryan Williams
Connected Talent
Lessons from the UK – Evolution or Revolution
9:20
Kate Steel
Irish Hospice Foundation
Quality improvement nursing home care’ & CEOL (Compassionate End of Life)
9:35
Dr Austin Warters PhD
HSE
How can we make the working life of a HCA better?
Primary messages of European funded research study.
10:00
Breakout session / Tea & Coffee
11:00
Karl F. Conyard
HCA & Carers Ireland
‘Education and the HCA/Carer’. How long is a piece of string?
11:15
Geraldine Lavery
Head of Department Health and Sport, North West Regional College
11:30
David Casey
DeCare Dental
Lessons from the UK – Evolution or Revolution
11:45
Karen Brennan
Self Care for Carers
Lessons from the UK – Evolution or Revolution
12:15
Breakout session 
13:45
Margert Codd
Quality Improvement Division, HSE
Person Centred Culture Programme
14:10
Rosarii Mannion
National HR Director, HSE
14:45
Tadhg Daly
Chief Executive, Nursing Homes Ireland
Health Care Assistants in Nursing Home Care
15:00
Jim Daly TD
Minister of State at the Dept. of Health
15:15
Breakout session
16:00
Panel discussion & questions from the floor
Allison Metcalfe
HCA & Carers Ireland
Paul Hannon
HCA & Carers Ireland
Lucie Cunningham
The HomeShare
Michael Harty
Homecare Plus
Tadgh Daly
Nursing Homes Ireland
Joseph Musgrave
HCCI Chief Executive
Karen Brennan
Self Care for Carers
16:35
Jordan Dennis
HCA & Music Therapist
16:50
Prizes & Announcement.
17:00
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Contact Us
CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre, Gormanston, Co. Meath, Ireland
+353 1 690 6666
info@citynorthhotel.com
Directions:
Dublin Airport, M1/M50 Interchange and only 30 minutes from Dublin City.
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