Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (513)

Róisín Shortall


513. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the level of departmental representation at APO level or above with the national policy and strategy for the provision of neurorehabilitation services in Ireland; if there is a named official responsible within his Department for this and for liaison with the HSE on same; if he is briefed by this official; the regularity with which these briefings are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10073/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish "a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community". The development of an implementation framework for the National Policy & Strategy for the provision of Neuro-rehabilitation Services in Ireland is a matter for the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The HSE has established a National Steering Group to develop the implementation framework, comprising representatives from across the whole health system, including Heads of Social Care and the National Clinical Programme for Rehabilitation Medicine, Acute Hospital services, Mental Health, Primary Care and Health & Wellbeing, Health & Social Care Professionals and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland.

The focus of the National Steering Group is to develop a framework which is implementable across the country. The Steering Group considers that a Managed Clinical Rehabilitation Network model represents best practice as a means of providing neuro-rehabilitation care and support/accommodation needs.  The HSE’s Social Care Division and its Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress this.

The HSE keeps the Department of Health informed of progress on an ongoing basis. Updates and briefings are provided and meetings are held, as and when required. The Minister is kept informed of all developments as part of ongoing reporting arrangements.