31st May, 2011.
NOTICE TO MEMBERS
In view of the published programme for government and implications for nursing/midwifery in the community, the INMO met, on request, with the Minister for State with responsibility for Primary Care, Ms. Roisin Shortall T.D., on 31st May 2011, in INMO headquarters.
The INMO presented an overview to the Minister of Community Nursing Services and the various structures and responsibilities that are currently held within community care by nurses/midwives.
We also presented the Minister with an overview of the role and function of the Practice Nurse and how those various nursing grades interact in providing patient care.
Our community based members were represented as follows:-
Sheila Dickson, President, INMO.
Ursula Molloy, Practice Nurse. (Chair, Practice Nurse Section)
Winnie McCabe, Practice Nurse. (Secretary, Practice Nurse Section)
Anne Cullen, Community RGN. (Nominated by RGN Section)
Mary O’Brien, Community RGN. (RGN Section Secretary)
Jemma Guiney, PHN. (PHN Section Nominee)
Helen Rouine, Pre-School Officer. (INMO Rep.)
Dolores Gallagher, ADPHN. (Rep. Nominated by ADPHN Group)
Mary Shanahan, ADPHN. (Nominated by ADPHN Group)
Jennifer Bollard, DPHN. (Executive Council, INMO.)
Liam Doran, General Secretary, INMO.
Phil Ni Sheaghdha, Director of Industrial Relations, INMO.
All aspects of community nursing were discussed in the context of the Programme for Government and also the draft proposals that have been issued by the HSE regarding future management of Primary Care. In particular the members stressed the holistic approach taken by nurses/midwives in the community, and the potential for significant health gain if properly resourced.
The Minister, for her part explained that as Minister for Primary Care, she is in the process at the moment of consulting and trying to find as much information as possible about how existing community services work and how improvements can be made in the context of the Programme for Government. A long discussion took place which was very useful and the Minister thanked all the participants for their clear and concise picture of the roles they undertake as nurses/midwives in the community across all grades.
The Minister confirmed that she would liaise formally with the INMO with a view to negotiating any changes that would be necessary and fully consult with us prior to making decisions in that regard. For our part, we were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss these matters with the Minister and to present to her the roles and functions of members across all grades and in the Public and Private Sector. The INMO delegates stressed to the Minister that nurses are best placed in the community to deliver the roll-out of continuing care/chronic disease management and also many of the health promotion roles.
The INMO will continue to argue on behalf of nurses/midwives both in the acute sector and in Primary Care, for the expansion of their role to include nurse/midwife led services which must be governed from a clinical nursing/midwifery management structured base.
Thank you for your attention to this notice and the INMO will brief all sections at the next scheduled section meeting relating to this and any future developments.
PHIL Ni SHEAGHDHA,
Director of Industrial Relations.