Even through the current Pandemic the welfare of HCAs and Qualified Carers have not left our minds. We thank you all for all of the hard work you all do to show this virus who is boss.
On the 26th of November 2020, We had another opportunity to do share your views with evidence in hand and confidence that our words are the words of the HCAs and Carers working in all sectors and settings.
Our meeting was with
Minister Mary Butler TD.
(Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People)
Department for Health
All via Zoom representing you all with the information we have received and with the evidence of our National Study which was published last March.
The Meeting was a multi-branched meeting with the Minister; Staff from the Dept. of Health; HCA & Carers Ireland; University College Dublin (CSTAR and UCD CTC); The Great Care Co-op & HCAs at the table.
The Minister was very interested in HCA & Carers Ireland National Study because it was tangible proof of what needs to be done to make Care a more attractive Career, which is safe (Carer and for Patient/Client/ Service User and their Family). The Minister Agreed with our points and further engagement is ongoing.
The following areas were covered with in-depth conversation, analysis and evidence.
Issues facing Health Care Assistants (HCAs) & Carers.
Need for registration of HCAs/Carers in all sections.
Need for regulation of the Homecare sector.
Requirement for training and accreditation for HCAs / Carers based on Core Competencies.
Recognition and need for a voice for the Health Care Assistants/Carers working in all sectors.
Alternative Models of employment and care provision
HCA & Carers Ireland know the best way to make change is to assist policy makers who then assist with regulation in the confines of Irish Law. This was one of the key reasons why we partnered up with UCD CSTAR for the National Study. "Healthcare assistants and Qualified Carers, A Trained, but untapped underutilised resource: A population-based study in Ireland"
Our Agenda from the meeting can be found here
exciting times are ahead!
We will keep you all updated!
HCA & Carers Ireland