Press Release

Minister Lynch approves the National Implementation Framework of the Value for Money and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme

Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health & Older People today (28th February 2013) approved the National Implementation Framework of the Value for Money and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme. The development of the Framework is one of the key actions identified in Future Health, the recently published Strategic Framework for Reform of the Health Service 2012 – 2015. It supports the message coming through from Future Health regarding the need to restructure service delivery, and improve organisational, financial, governance and accountability systems with the aim of providing a more effective and more accountable service.

The National Implementation Framework will translate the recommendations from the Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Review of the Disability Services Programme into concrete actions. It assigns responsibilities for those actions, and specifies timelines for their completion. It also identifies priorities and key performance indicators. The Framework describes the project management and monitoring processes which are needed to make sure that the reform of the Disability Services Programme is achieved in a planned, timely and cost effective manner.

The Implementation Framework will evolve to reflect key issues, themes and considerations which will arise. The development of the Framework is the first phase of the implementation planning process.

The Minister said “Much good work is already underway around the country at finding innovative ways to support people with disabilities to live more socially inclusive lives. I have been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the many service users and their families I have met in recent months, together with the staff members in statutory and non-statutory agencies who are working collaboratively to support them. I am confident that by working together we will realise the vision of a more equitable and responsive health service for all citizens, where services and supports will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual, while at the same time being provided in an accountable and cost effective manner”.

The National Implementation Framework is now available on the Department of Health’s website:

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