Health and Social Care Professions Day

February 1st 2018

Today, February 1st, is Health and Social Care Professions Day in our health system. The National Health and Social Care Professions Office in the HR Division is reaching out to colleagues across the system to share knowledge and experiences amongst colleagues, helping to develop communities and networks of practice.

Health and Social Care Professionals Day provides an opportunity for sharing the value of HSCP services with our service users and the healthcare system and increasing awareness about the work of individual professions, leading to better collaboration and shared understanding.

“We want to recognise and celebrate the enormous impact of HSCP services on our service users, made possible through a dedicated and inspiring workforce, “ said Jackie Reed, National Lead for the National HSCP Office.

The National HSCP Office

The National HSCP office was established on February 1st 2017 to strategically lead and support HSCPs to maximise their potential and achieve greatest impact in design, planning, management and delivery of person centred integrated care. It is building on the work of the former HSCP Education and Development Unit originally formed  in 2006.


The remit of the National HSCP Office is a merger of existing functions including:

  • Organisational leadership on education and development of HSCPs
  • Supporting Continuing Professional Development
  • Practice Placement Education
  • Model and support interdisciplinary learning


And new functions such as:

  • Increase appropriate and effective representation of HSCPs at all levels in the Health and Social Care System to ensure greater impact on effective service delivery and improved patient care
  • Co-ordination of HSCP input to design, planning and implementation of services
  • Influence and enable HSCPs to work to the highest level of competence based on education, training and scope of practice, up to and including advanced practice, to meet service needs.
  • Promote and support roll out of proven examples of HSCP best practice and innovation to improve person centred care
  • Working with our key stakeholders including frontline health and social care professional leaders and Professional Bodies,  facilitate a unified voice for HSCPs while acknowledging and celebrating their diversity
  • Be a focal point for HSCPs linking with HSE, Department of Health, Professional Bodies, Managers, Services, HEIs and CORU (HSCP regulator)


The National HSCP office is committed to implementation of the HSCP Education and Development Strategy 2016-2019 and implementation of additional functions with the expanded remit of the HSCP office.


In 2018 the National HSCP office will continue to support existing functions and prioritise work on:

  • Appropriate and effective representation of HSCPs across the Health and Social Care System
  • Identifying and supporting spread of prioritised examples of innovative best practice to address key challenges to integrated person centred care. For example the office will support design and spread of the Frailty Management Model.
  • Enabling Health and Social Care Professionals to work to the highest level of competence and scope of practice up to and including advanced practice, in line with international health and social care practice. This involves identifying and supporting key priority areas where HSCP professions are already practicing at advanced level and/ or are ready to test advanced practice, evaluate and share learning.


Find out more about Health and Social Care Professions on the Health and Social Care Professions Hub on ( This hub contains information on the 25 Health and Professions, news and upcoming events, resources to support HSCP CPD, practice placement education and research.  You can contact the National HSCP office at