Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to our spring newsletter. Since the Institute’s last newsletter a number of submissions have been made supporting and responding to the work of the ICHN.
The ICHN forwarded a submission to the Citizens Assembly in relation to the repeal of the Eighth Amendment in December 2016 and a speaker’s note was submitted to Senator Keith Swanick Seanad Eireann. Senator Swanick delivered this address in the Seanad on the 25th January 2017.
The National Service Plan 2017, published in December 2016, details the delivery of health services that the HSE will provide directly, and through a range of funded agencies, in the coming year. Of particular interest to the ICHN, are the Service Plan’s goals in relation to Health and Wellbeing:

  • Complete the development of Healthy Ireland implementation plans in the remaining three Hospital Groups and all CHOs
  • Progress the implementation of Making Every Contact Count through Hospital Groups and CHOs as part of the integrated care programme for the prevention and management of chronic disease
  • Progress the implementation of the self-management support framework through Hospital Groups and CHOs as part of the integrated care programme for the prevention and management of chronic disease
  • Implement an organisational development plan for health promotion and improvement services
  • Implement an organisational development plan for public health services

A new National Women and Infants Health Programme will be established in 2017. This programme will develop an action plan for the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy and provide high level co-ordination of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services nationally. The ICHN is looking forward to working collaboratively with the key stakeholders involved with the programme.

On the 17th May 2017, the ICHN will host its annual conference. The theme this year is Community Nursing: Towards an Integrated Model of Care
The aim of the conference is to provide a day of education, knowledge sharing, networking and an opportunity to take time to reflect on practice and innovations.
Delegates are invited to submit exemplars of quality community and public health nursing care and innovation from their areas, for our poster competition. This is an opportunity to showcase community nursing achievements to colleagues and other stakeholders. It promotes shared learning, positive impacts on patient outcomes, communicates your organisations work and builds the profile of community nursing.
The 2017 annual community nurse awards will also be presented at the annual conference. This is an opportunity to nominate a colleague who has made a professional commitment to nursing in the community and for their work in the promotion and development of best practice and services, for identified health needs of varying population groups.
A lifetime achievement award will also be presented to an individual who has made a professional contribution to Public Health Nursing.
Details of the annual conference/registration, posters submission and nurse awards nominations are available on the ICHN website: www.ichn.ie.

The ICHN Research Ethics Committee is now established and ICHN members can forward their research applications to the ICHN REC for ethical approval.

The Standard Operating Procedures for the ICHN Research Ethics Committee and Information for applicants applying to the Institute of Community can be accessed on the ICHN website.

A tendering protocol is currently being drafted and I will update you regarding this in the ICHN next newsletter.

Finally I would like to thank you for your support and I will look forward to seeing you at the
at the annual conference in May  and during 2017.

Yours sincerely,
Anne Lynott
Hon. President ICHN