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1 Feb 2024 - IASW, as part of the Professional Bodies’ Alliance Advocacy on Progressing Disability Services (PDS), Delivers Significant Result

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI), Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT), Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) and The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) issued a joint statement in October 2023, expressing our significant concerns over clinical governance in Children’s Disability Network Teams (CDNTs) due in part to lack of Discipline Managers, and the impact this has on safety of staff and children.

This statement was supported by the INDI and Fórsa. Follow on discussions were held with the National Clinical Programme for People with Disability and the National Children’s Disabilities Services where we again highlighted the need for Discipline Managers among other things.

We are delighted with the outcome of recent Fórsa/WRC negotiations, given the significant concerns raised and ongoing advocacy by Professional Bodies, that the HSE has agreed to the introduction of interim Discipline Managers in CDNTs. This is a result of our collaboration and sustained pressure to advocate for the interests and priorities of Health and Social Care Professionals and their patients/service users.

We will continue our engagement with the National Clinical Programme for People with Disability and the National Disabilities Team on issues of concern to our members regarding Progressing Disability Services (PDS) including staff recruitment and retention, clinical governance, scope of practice, risk management and clinical supervision.


The IASW would like to express our sincere thanks to Colman Parker for his contribution to this initiative on behalf of IASW.