212 The development of occupational health service standards for the irish public health service

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Participants on the Health Service Executive (HSE) Leadership Development Programme were invited to join the HSE Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit (WHWU) Standards Project Group. The aim was to assist in the development of a framework for the standardisation of Occupational Health (OH) service standards for the Irish public health service.


The WHWU followed a practice development approach using collaboration, engagement and a bottom up and top down approach. The Standards Project Group commenced with a review of existing international OH standards. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare were identified as the most suitable model to base these standards. A workshop was held with HIQA to discuss the best approach to developing the standards.


Membership of the group included representatives from Health and Safety, Staff Health and Wellbeing and OH services nationwide. The objectives of the group were to develop:


Adhering to the HIQA Quality Assurance Framework (2016), the group was supported by an Expert Advisory Group made up of key internal and external stakeholders.


The OH standards for the Irish public health service were launched at the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit Inaugural Conference on the 19th May 2017.

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