Health service providers dedicated to putting the ‘person’ at the centre

Health service providers dedicated to putting the ‘person’ at the centre

By Brittany King

PEOPLE of the community were able to see how healthcare service providers are reshaping their services in line with New Directions National Guidance Framework for day programmes of personal support services for adults with disabilities, at the “New Directions Learning Event,” on November 9 at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght.

The event was hosted by the HSE Community Healthcare Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow Disability Services, along with HSE funded Adult Day Services Providers.

SJOG Liffey Services Aine Walsh Sarah Boland Keith Whelan Alan Byrne David Dean

Carol Cuffe, HSE Head of Social Care, commented on the core values of the new framework: “New Directions is about community inclusion, active citizenship, personal goals and aspirations for the young person, and person centeredness.”

Person centeredness is when a person is central to the service, “everything is about them, for them, through them, with them, and the people who are providing the services are purely just a conduit to that and nothing else,” said Ms Cuffe.

According to Ms Cuffe, the learning event also enabled the New Directions Implementation Team, the service providers and the people who use the services to find out where they are, where they need to go and how they can map it out, going from where they are now.

For more information about HSE New Directions “A Meaningful Life” Implementation Team and Services for people with disabilities, contact 076 695 5834.