Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has approved the 2023 National Service Plan (NSP) for the HSE. The NSP outlines the health and social care services we will provide nationwide within the allocated budget of €21.124 billion. This includes a €240.2 million investment in new service developments.
Our Priorities for 2023
The aims of the 2023 NSP are to:
- build hospital and community services capacity
- improve access to services, including women’s healthcare and mental health services
- enhance prevention and early intervention work
- deliver the Waiting List Task Force
- implement improvements in the security and resilience of critical national infrastructure
Speaking about our priorities for 2023, HSE Chairman Mr Ciarán Devane said:
By the end of 2023, the number of general acute beds added since 2020 will increase to 1,179. The number of additional critical care beds is expected to rise to 352. These figures can change for operational and service reasons.
Community healthcare networks
The development of 96 Community Healthcare Networks around the country will continue. This work includes:
- setting up 30 community specialist teams for older persons
- setting up 30 community specialist teams for people living with chronic disease
- increasing access to community diagnostics
- delivering 23.9 million home support hours to 55,910 older persons
Mental health services
With an additional budget of €14 million, we will see a total of 12,635 CAMHS referrals. This is a 17% increase on our target since 2019.
An additional €25 million will be spent on disability services.
This will include:
- over 70,000 additional hours of personal assistant support to people with disabilities
- 1,250 new day services placements for school leavers and graduates of rehabilitative training, in line with the New Directions policy
- improving the delivery of specialist community-based disability services
- increasing capacity for day, respite, multi-disciplinary, residential and personal assistant services
- progressing the Assessment of Need process in line with legislative obligations
Recruitment of staff
The workforce will increase by more than 6,000 Whole Time Equivalents (WTE), or full-time staff members, in 2023. Approximately 10,500 staff will be recruited to replace those that will retire or leave during the year. Our aim is to provide a rewarding and fulfilling workplace for all of our staff.
Speaking about the 2023 NSP, HSE CEO Bernard Gloster said: