Press Release

Minister O´Malley launches the Report on the Education and Training Needs of Psychiatric Nurses in the Midland Health Board

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Tim O´Malley T.D., today (19 September 2003) launched the “Report on the Education and Training Needs of Psychiatric Nurses in the Midland Health Board”

At the launch in Tullamore, the Minister said that developing staff for the future requires an assessment of what aspects of their work they find difficult, what changes are taking place in their work environment and for staff to anticipate what pressure might be placed on them in the future.

The Minister also said this was particularly relevant in a time of rapid change and development in our health services. The Minister praised the Health Board, the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, the steering group, research team and all the nurses who participated in the study, for their commitment, vision and proactive approach that has linked the concept of change and its management into the identification of training needs.

The launch was attended by members of the health board and mental health professionals from the Laois/Offaly and Longford/Westmeath Mental Health Services.