The HSE will offer permanent employment contracts to all nursing, midwifery and health and social care (HSCP) graduates in Ireland this year.
More than 1,000 HSCP final year students and 1,600 nurses and midwives can now qualify for these roles, on completion of their courses and placements. The move is designed to address shortages of frontline staff in key areas.
HSCPs are the second largest clinical group in the Irish health service, second only to nursing and midwifery. HSCPs account for one quarter of the clinical workforce and 14 per cent of the overall health service workforce.
The HSE’s 2024 National Service Plan, published last week, outlined a disability services budget of more than €2.8 billion for this year, which will see 683 new whole time equivalent (WTE) staff being hired, as well as 2,268 WTEs for other health and social care services.
Roles offered in this initiative include dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, speech and language therapists, social workers, medical scientists, radiation therapists, clinical measurement, audiologists and radiographers.
“Today’s announcement represents significant opportunities for graduates across the health sector,” said HSE director of HR Anne Marie Hoey.
“Opportunities such as those in speech and language services, occupational therapists and physiotherapists are particularly focused on our disability services. We hope this will lead to more people working in those teams and improve services for our clients and their families.
“Social worker and dietician roles are vital in mental health services. This initiative is key to the way healthcare should be provided, with multi-disciplinary teams that can take care of our patients’ and service users needs.”
HSE CEO Bernard Gloster added: “To be in the position to strengthen our teams across the country is very welcome, in particular in the areas of disability and mental health services. This recruitment initiative is central to our drive toward universal healthcare and delivering health services our growing and ageing population need.”