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Staff survey to identify the number of staff in the HSE who self-report as having a Disability for years 2019 and 2020

The HSE is legally required to confirm the number of employees with a disability each year, to the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Disability Authority (NDA)

Published: 8 October 2020

This survey is closed at 5 pm on Friday 30 October. Thank You to everyone who participated in the survey.

The HSE is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes employees with a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. We value our employee’s diversity because of each staff member’s unique contribution to our health services.

 As one of the country’s largest employers, we want to support those of you who have disabilities or chronic conditions, when you start work or acquire disabilities later in your career.

The Disability Act (2005) legislates for the HSE to confirm the number of employees with disabilities working with us, annually. We must confirm this number to the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Disability Authority (NDA).

This legislation states that we, as a public body, must ensure that at least 3% of our workforce are people with disabilities. This employment target will increase to 6% by 2024.

To determine the number of staff with disabilities in the HSE we have until now undertaken a number of different approaches, including most recently, the ‘Your Opinion Counts’ surveys.

 But over many years, we have found it difficult to collect this information.  We believe the information gathered and reported to the DOH and NDA is not representative of our staff.

Complete the survey and help us to report our numbers accurately. We need as many staff as possible to take part in this survey, whether you consider yourself to have a disability or not.  Every survey response is relevant.

The survey closed at 5 pm, on 30 October 2020. Thank You to everyone who participated.

 The survey is completely anonymous. We don't ask for your name or any information that could identify you and it is not linked to employee records or previous surveys.

 This survey is being conducted by Core Research, an independent company, on behalf of the HSE Executive Management Team and National HR.

Core Research will collect and analyse every response and will report on the number of staff who have disabilities, and also on the supports, they may need to reach their full potential in work. If you have any questions about the survey email

Des O'Toole, Digital Transformation encourages HSE staff to do the Disability Inclusion Survey
Catherine Heeley HSE Social Worker encourages staff to do the Disability Inclusion Survey
Kerry Cuskelly, Principal Social Worker encourages staff to do the Disability Inclusion Survey
George Percy, Admin Manager, encourages staff to do the Disability Inclusion Survey

HSE Initiatives to support staff with disabilities

The HSE has a strategy in place to make positive changes in a range of areas to help staff with disabilities to maximise their potential in work. These include making changes to:

  • our communications
  • digital platforms
  • physical work environment
  • HR supports

The framework supporting this strategy involved setting up a Disability Technical Group.  A broad spectrum of individuals and organisations participate in this group including HSE staff, the Department of Health, Academic Bodies, the Office of the CPSA and HSE Internal Communications. This framework also includes a Disability Action Plan to guide these developments over the coming years.


Through this survey, we will gain information and insights that will help to inform the group on how to direct resources and support our staff with disabilities in a more meaningful way.

For more information about workplace supports contact:

Ursula Galvin, Business Manager at

Michele Guerin, Equality Officer at

If you experience any technical difficulties completing this survey please email One Core support manager at

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.