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Mr Tim O´Malley TD opens inaugural conference of the Irish Nursing Practice Development in Athlone

The Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Tim O´Malley TD, opened the inaugural conference of the Irish Nursing Practice Development Association, held in Athlone today.

At the opening of the inaugural conference of the Irish Nursing Practice Development Association today, the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Mr Tim O´Malley TD, spoke of the major reform programme of the health services in Ireland. The Minister said that the reform programme is an ambitious programme of change that not alone addresses structures and relationships within and between organisations responsible for the delivery of healthcare but also seeks to address the culture and context of care delivery that puts the patient at the centre of what we do. The Minister said “developing nursing and midwifery to meet the challenges of today´s health care environment is essential”.

Furthermore, he added that the contribution of nurses and midwives, as frontline clinicians, is crucial to the success of changing people´s experience of care. The Minister praised the organising committee for their foresight by bringing together a simulating and appealing programme of speakers and for allowing nurses and midwives the opportunity to showcase their practice.