Press Release

Department of Health and Children response on Organisational Review Programme (ORP)


The Organisational Review Programme (ORP) is part of a broad process of modernisation and reform of the public service. The purpose of the ORP is to assess the overall capability of Departments and agencies to meet the challenges ahead and the focus of the reports is, therefore, on areas in need of improvement.

The Department has been undergoing major change since the establishment of the HSE in January 2005, and it volunteered to take part in the ORP because it was felt that this was a good time to take stock of the Department, now and for the future. The Review has been underway for the past year and included extensive consultations with senior management, with staff, and with the Department’s external stakeholders.

The Report of the Review has now been received and the Department has been asked to finalise an Action Plan within 4 to 6 weeks, with a view to its submission to Government at the end of March or early April. The Reports and Action Plans for all four Departments/Offices covered by the current Phase of the ORP (the others are the Property Registration Authority, Central Statistics Office, and the Revenue Commissioners) will then be published.

The Department welcomes