The Health Service Executive (HSE) is the organisation with responsibility for delivering health and social services to people living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides thousands of different services in hospitals and communities across the country.
These services range from midwives delivering babies to public health nurses caring for older people in the community, from caring for children with challenging behaviour to educating people how to live healthier lives; from performing highly-complex brain surgery to planning for major emergencies; from controlling the spread of infectious diseases to treating patients with cancer. At some stage every year, everybody in Ireland will use one or more of the services provided. They are of vital importance to the entire population.
The HSE is the largest employer in the country with over 100,000 employees. The HSE manages services through a structure designed to put patients and clients at the centre of the organisation. In addition, the HSE funds a large number of Voluntary Hospitals and Agencies who provide health and social services throughout Ireland.
Siobhan Canny "We also attend to Caesarean deliveries and assist the mothers and fathers with the immediate care of the new born"
Dr Jan Steiner "I believe that it would be very helpful for every doctor to work as a nurse or nursing aid, at some stage in their career."
Keith Hayes "The role of a paramedic is very demanding and it is challenging to ensure the patient receives the best level of care"
Rachel Berry "I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of patient contact and that we have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives"
Speech and Language
Lisa Kelly "I spend four mornings a week in a local primary school where there are two language units"
Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton "the person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative"
Mary Ita Heffernan "Our main aim is to maintain a child in the care of its parents and all supports and interventions are given in an effort to achieve this"
Lydia Peppard "I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FETAC Level 5 training"
Frank Morrison "Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored"