Press Release

Minister Tim O’Malley Establishes Independent Group to Monitor Progress on “A Vision for Change”.

Mr Tim O’Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for mental health, today (Saturday 11th March 2006) announced the membership of the independent monitoring group which will monitor progress on the implementation of “A Vision for Change” – the new National Policy Framework for the mental health services.

“A Vision for Change”, which was launched by the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Ms Mary Harney TD, in January 2006, makes clear recommendations on how the mental health services should be managed and organised in the future. These recommendations include the establishment of an independently chaired monitoring group to oversee the implementation of the recommendations. The Minister of State has appointed Dr Ruth Barrington, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Research Board, to chair the group.

The other members of the Monitoring Group will be:

  • Dr Tony Bates, Principal Psychologist, St. James’s Hospital
  • Mr Pat Brosnan, Director of Mental Health Services, HSE Mid-Western Area
  • Dr Teresa Carey, Inspector of Mental Health Services
  • Mr Paul Flynn, Service User
  • Dr Terry Lynch, General Practitioner and Psychotherapist
  • Ms Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Principal, Mental Health Services, Department of Health & Children

Minister O’Malley also intends to invite a representative from Northern Ireland to join the Monitoring Group.

“This Monitoring Group will play an important role in ensuring that the recommendations of “A Vision for Change” are implemented in a co-ordinated and timely manner. “A Vision for Change” outlines an exciting vision of the future for mental health services in Ireland and sets out a framework for action to achieve it over the next 7-10 years. The report proposes a holistic view of mental illness and recommends an integrated multidisciplinary approach to addressing the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to mental health problems. A person-centred treatment approach which addresses each of these elements through an integrated care plan, reflecting best practice, and most importantly evolved and agreed with both service users and their carers is recommended.” the Minister said.