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The first part of the award was worth €672,300 and involved supporting the establishment of “programme offices” across Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) and Hospital Groups. This work was completed in the latter half of 2015.
The second part of the award is worth a further €1,114,800. It has involved design and establishment of an appropriate governance model for the overall “reform programme”; support to CHOs and Hospital Groups in delivering “early priority projects” within their establishment programmes; defining the “detailed roadmaps” for the implementation of CHOs and Hospital Groups; establishing the National Centre Transformation Programme Office; defining the “work breakdown structure” for the National Centre Transformation Programme; and supporting the “early priority projects” in the National Centre Transformation Programme.
A HSE spokesperson told MI that the National Centre Transformation Programme Office is working on the “definition, design, and implementation planning for what the national structures and operating model of the HSE are in the context of the new service delivery structures, ie, Hospital Groups, CHOs and the National Ambulance Service”.
According to the HSE National Service Plan 2016, corporate “high level actions” include implementing the “reconfiguration of national functions through the Centre Transformation Programme in tandem with the development of the CHOs and Hospital Groups”.
A restructuring of the health service into six Hospital Groups (and subsequently a seventh in the Children’s Hospital Group) was announced in May 2013, while nine CHOs were unveiled the following year. However, the restructuring process has been slow to realise.