HCA & Carers Ireland
HCA and Carers Ireland was set up in October 2016 by our founder Allison Metcalfe; who being a healthcare trainer and tutor by trade. She has been a tireless campaigner for improved conditions and for support for Healthcare Workers both on local and national levels.
The organisation serves as a one stop shop for anything related to the role, from information, education, from best shoes, uniforms, to latest news within the health care and/or training sectors.
HCA and Carers Ireland interact with a variety of different bodies. We have academic links with a variety of research institutions (ex. UCD CSTAR & RSPH) and have our own academic researchers hard at work to keep the voice and perspective of the HCA and the Carer in clear view for all to see.
CEO: Ms. Allison Metcalfe
Health Care Assistants provide predictability and stability to care, which in turn enhances the feeling of security for our aging, frail or chronically challenged population. They also bring wisdom, patience, humour and a general attitude of caring to the daily lives of those they care for.
The recent ERSI report into the future needs of healthcare workers, highlighted that it was amongst 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 a 50% increase in the primary care workforce.