Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (964)

Mark Ward


964. Deputy Mark Ward asked the Minister for Health the persons or bodies who are members of the implementation committee for the recommendations in Sharing the Vision; when they will commence; and if the committee is a separate entity to the monitoring committee. [7430/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Implementation and Monitoring Committee (NIMC) is collectively responsible for driving and overseeing the long-term implementation of the national mental health policy, Sharing the Vision. The NIMC is made up of the NIMC Steering Committee which will be supported by an NIMC Reference Group of Service Users and Families and NIMC Specialist Groups.

The NIMC Steering Committee will drive the implementation of Sharing the Vision and ensure appropriate monitoring and oversight processes are put in place. The work of the Steering Committee is very much at an early stage. To date, the Steering Committee has met twice, on 11 December 2020 and 15 January 2021, with meetings scheduled to take place monthly. The minutes of Steering Committee meetings are available on the Department of Health Website. In addition, membership of the Steering Group was announced as part of a press release and current membership is also detailed on the Department of Health website.

The HSE has primary responsibility for the implementation of the majority of the Sharing the Vision recommendations, and is currently establishing a HSE Implementation Group, which will report to the NIMC Steering Committee. As this process is ongoing, membership has yet to be finalised.

The process of establishing the HSE Implementation Group is progressing as quickly as possible, in the context of the significant pressures on the services due to the current surge of COVID 19.