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HSE completes tasks transfer verification

17 Nov 2016

The HSE has confirmed that the verification process of the Transfer of Tasks (ToT) from NCHDs to nurses and midwives under the Haddington Road Agreement has now been completed, and nurses will receive payment for taking on the extra work with effect from this month, IMT reports.

The payment for the task transfer is time and one-sixth for the hours worked between 6pm and 8pm.

“I confirm that the verification process in the Acute Hospitals Division has been completed, and that payment will commence from November 2016 with arrears due from January 1, 2016, to be paid in January 2017,” Rosarii Mannion, National Director of Human Resources, last week informed fellow HSE managers and leaders.

Payment for the task transfer was initially meant to commence from July 1, 2016, although there was always provision it may be backdated to January 1, 2016, subject to verification from an independently chaired National Implementation and Verification Group, comprising Department of Health, HSE, INMO, IMO, SIPTU Nursing representatives, which conducted site visits to verify progress.

Mannion invited employees and managers to address any queries that they may have regarding these arrangements, made under the Nursing/Medical Interface Section of the Haddington Road Agreement, to their local HR departments.

Queries from HR departments in service delivery units, hospitals and CHOs should be referred to John Delamere/ Edna Hoare, Corporate Employee Relations Services, HSE HR Directorate, 63-64 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2; Tel: 01 6626966; Email: info.t@hse.ie, Mannion said.

The verification process meant to facilitate the ToT, mainly in acute hospitals and some district hospitals, commenced earlier this year, with the transfer and requisite staff training to be implemented afterwards.

The agreement was reached pre-General Election 2016 by unions and the health service and approved by the Government, and was announced in early February.

It saw the transfer of responsibility for phlebotomy, intravenous (IV) cannulation, first-dose IV antibiotic administration, and discharging patients to nurses — including their intrinsic elements — subject to verification. This was meant to free up trainee doctors so they could spend more time on relevant tasks.

lloyd.mudiwa@imt.ie

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