The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly addressed the conference and said that the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out to ensure better outcomes for patients since it places the protection of the public at its very core. He acknowledged the exciting changes in the regulation of nursing and midwifery and changes throughout the healthcare system that would require the continued and valued input of nurses and midwives.
The conference featured a number of speakers who addressed the implications of the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 for nursing and midwifery. The notion of change and its effect within the healthcare environment was also explored in presentations from invited guests, Mr John Saunders, Director of Shine and Dr. Phillip Crowley, HSE National Director. A presentation by Ms. Ciara Burns, Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman, explained that whilst Ombudsmen and Regulators can be seen to have different functions, they also have a common aim within the healthcare arena - the protection of the patient and the integrity of the healthcare system. Ciara outlined the Ombudsman’s “top ten” complaints in the healthcare area and detailed some of cases that were dealt with by her office, emphasising the lessons that could be learned from the patient experience and those of their carers.
The conference finished with a presentation on leadership in nursing by Dr Maura Pidgeon, CEO, NMBI. In acknowledgement of two great leaders in nursing, a presentation was made to Mrs Anne Carrigy, President of An Bord Altranais and Ms. Sheila O’Malley, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health (Retired) and President of An Bord Altranais (1997-2002).
The conference was streamed live for the first time this year and can still be viewed on our website at
The presentations made by conference speakers are available for download below in one compiled PDF file or as individual presentations. Also available for download is a booklet with biographies and abstracts of presenters.
Growing Up in Ireland is a government study. It is funded by the Department Children and Youth Affairs in association with the Department of Social Protection and the Central Statistics Office. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is overseeing and managing the Study, which is being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin. Growing Up in Ireland is the national longitudinal study of children. It follows the development of almost 20,000 children. It is made up of an infant cohort of over 11,000 children and their families who were first interviewed when these children were nine months old, with a follow-up interview at three years of age. Planning is currently underway for a third interview with these children and their families next year, when the children will be five years of age. In addition, the study includes a cohort of 8,500 older children who were recruited into the study when they were nine years old and re-interviewed at 13 years of age.
The conference will be opened by Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, who will launch the latest in a series of Growing Up in Ireland Key Findings. These will be based on data collected from 13 years olds and their families between August 2011 and March 2012. For further information Click here
The National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dublin 14 will be providing an education programme on Dual Diagnosis: Training in Psycho-education Programmes. The programme has Category 1 Approval by An Bord Altranais and the starting date is 20th February 2013. Click here for more information or view on our website.