Press Release

Minister of State Máire Hoctor T.D. opens the Institute of Community Health Nursing’s Annual Conference

Ms. Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People, today, 11th October, 2007, opened the Institute of Community Health Nursing’s Annual Conference.

The focus of this year’s Conference, “Governance in Community Nursing” is to highlight quality and clinical practice as being inextricably linked. The Conference provides nurses working in the community with the opportunity to explore and debate matters pertaining to care provision, such as, assessment of older people, practice development and governance.

Today’s Conference provides a forum for both service providers and policy makers to come together to facilitate discussion in relation to providing nursing care for people in their own homes, in conjunction with a range of health and social care providers. The Minister, in opening the Conference, said: “Patient safety and quality of care are central to the care encounter, and are driving reform of our health services. The provision of high quality care is a hallmark of a modern health service and the responsibility of all to deliver it. Clinical governance of processes and practices is an essential component of this. This conference, in focussing on governance in the community, is highlighting an important aspect of care processes that supports maintenance and improvement of standards of patient/client care”.

Minister Hoctor’s address