HSE seeking firm to ‘improve accountability’

By Paul Mulholland - 07th Jun 2022 | 455 views


The HSE is seeking consultancy support for a project to improve its accountability, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. 

The tender issued by the HSE was titled: “Building on existing work to identify the current core accountabilities of the HSE.” This work related to “legislative, mandatory, and internal organisational accountabilities”. 

“The primary purpose of this assignment will be the development of recommendations where there are opportunities identified for further enhancing and augmenting accountability in the health service,” according to the tender documents. 

The HSE has identified five pillars of accountability: Clear management organisation and processes; performance management; open disclosure (and cooperation with system analysis); professional regulation; and internal disciplinary procedures. 

The chosen company will be expected to “map” the HSE’s core accountabilities. It will then identify any gaps and outline the potential for the “enhancement of current accountabilities”. 

“While it is anticipated that the majority of these accountabilities have been identified within the relevant Health Acts, Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and the HSE’s Code of Governance, the assignment may identify other critical accountability gaps to be included.” 

The winner of the contract would also design a “conceptual framework” around the HSE’s accountability and management processes. 

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