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Opening Address by Mr Peter Hughes, General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs on the issue of the crisis in CAMHS services

Thank you for your invitation to address the Joint Committee on Children and Youth affairs. As General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, I would like to highlight my concerns in relation to the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The inadequacies and underinvestment in the current provision of CAMHS services is something that my union has consistently drawn attention to and I would hope that the interest by the Committee in this area will help in addressing the many gaps in CAMHS services that exist throughout the country.

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Update - WRC Recruitment and Retention Agreement

The majority of services have processed the permanency of the 2016 Graduates and Temporary nurses (any service that has not done so needs to contact Head office as a matter of urgency)

The Sub group in relation to the provision of 24/7 services is due to meet this week.

The Community Allowance has been paid in some services and we were assured at this week's implementation group meeting that Community Allowance will be paid in all areas in the first salary of this month. Agreed criteria to date re Community Allowance is as follows:

  • Working Mon-Fri in Community with no Premium pay
  • Working in community and working one in four Sunday's up to and including ADON
  • Working as CMHN's/CNS-CBT, Addiction, Family Therapy
  • Working as SCAN nurse, DSH nurse, Liaison and doing one in four
  • Clozaril nurse and Clozaril nurse doing ECT.

Areas where there is no agreement to date and if unresolved at implementation/verification group will be referred to WRC.

Area DON's – No Agreement. To be addressed at meeting in early February re CHO Structures.

Payment to Nurses working one in three Sundays/Weekend – remains under consultation.

ANP posts: group meeting in this regard on an ongoing basis.

2011-2015 Graduates – payment to be made this month (see attached circular)

Post graduate training. 40 nurses have commenced training this month (January) in UCD.

Additional 60 nurses have commenced under graduate training.

Retired staff on LSI if working in Service. Services that have significant vacancies need to pursue this at local level with the Director of Nursing.

It is our understanding that overtime is being paid in accordance with the individuals hourly rate.

That the serious physical assault concerns re application of same have been addressed.

If any of the above has not been implemented in your service please contact us in head office as a matter of urgency.

HSE Recruitment Campaign over Christmas

Dear Members, 

Please see below information regarding Recruitment event in Dr Steevens Hospital.


PNA Admin

As you are aware the HSE has committed to recruiting nurses into the Acute Hospitals division and the Mental Health Division of the Irish Health Service over the coming months. As part of this process the HSE is holding an open recruitment event in Dr Steevens hospital over the Christmas period. (28th to 30th December).

This event is the first of a series of recruitment events that we plan to run over the coming months.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Claire Mahon, 

Senior Nurse Lead Nursing and Midwivery WFP, Recruitment and Retention.

Office of the National Director Human Resources

Health Service Executive

Dr Steeven's Hospital

Dublin 8