National Evaluation Study of HSE Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC)

Report of Phase 1


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The CIPC service was established in 2013 and offers counselling to adult GMS card holders who are experiencing mild to moderate psychological difficulties. CIPC is available in every CHO area. The critical role of CIPC in providing nationwide access to counselling is highlighted by a rapid growth in referrals since its launch. At any one time in excess of 2,000 people are attending counselling across the country and to date more than 70,000 people have been referred to CIPC.

A National Evaluation of CIPC, the first of its kind in Ireland, is currently underway to examine the effectiveness of counselling in primary care and the impact and outcomes of the CIPC service across Ireland.

This Phase 1 Report describes the findings from the initial part of the research which has been completed in CHO Area 5.

Data collection is ongoing across all remaining CHO areas. The complete report will be published in 2019.

CIPC National Evaluation Research Group

Fiona Ward – Director of Counselling, CHO8 LM/CHO9, Chair, CIPC National Research Group

Miriam Barrow – CIPC Clinical Coordinator, CHO5

Charles Brand – CIPC Psychology Researcher

Sharon Cunningham – CIPC Clinical Coordinator CHO8

Niamh Mac Donagh – Director of Counselling CHO7

Dr Philip Moore – Director of Counselling CHO4