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Department seeks policy advice for disability services

By Paul Mulholland - 26th Apr 2022

The Department of Health has issued a tender for a consultancy service to provide advice and guidance “in relation to the development of evidence-based health sector policy and practices” for people with disabilities. 

The successful candidate will be required to provide policy analysis expertise and advisory services to the Department on a range of disability-related issues, including economic and financial matters. 

“This work will include the preparation of advice papers, research and analysis of disability data and trends, attendance at meetings with senior Departmental officials and the Minister, and presentations to senior health decision-makers, as and when required,” according to tender documents. 

The budget for the service is €50,000 excluding VAT, while the timeframe is one year, with an option to extend the contract for 12 months, should the need arise. 

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the current disability regulatory framework, as well as a good knowledge of the disability services’ operational environment in Ireland and other relevant jurisdictions. 

“Demonstrable experience in policy development, with a particular focus on financial and economic analysis, in the health sector is essential,” according to the tender. 

The deadline for a response to the tender is 12 May. 

It is noted that one of the key policy development priorities for the dedicated disability unit within the Department is progression of the Action Plan for Disability Services 2022-2025

The unit is also working on the reform of the disability sector under Sláintecare including implementation of the reconfiguration of residential services as recommended in Time to move on from congregated settings and rolling out the ‘New directions’ programme of day service improvements. 

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