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Disability Services National Sharing Day – September 2019

September 25 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Supporting people to live lives of their choosing

Call for submissions for Plenary Presentations and Poster Displays

The Quality Improvement Team in the National Disability Operations Office is planning a National Sharing day (along the lines of the Patient Safety Sharing Day but for providers of disability services) on the 25th September 2019.

The theme of the Sharing Day will be “supporting people to live lives of their choosing” and will focus on examples of good practice around the country in meeting the 9 outcome domains from the Quality Framework for outcomes-focussed Disability Services. The Sharing Day will emphasise Continuous Quality Improvement in our services as opposed to just compliance with Regulations. There are multiple examples of really good practice around the country and this will be an opportunity to showcase those to a wider audience and share the learning across the country.

Nine Quality of Life Domains

The HSE is undertaking a major reform of services for persons with a disability entitled Transforming Lives. Following research and consultation by the National Disability Authority, the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive approved nine outcomes for Irish disability services for adults.

Submissions are invited where services can share examples of good practice in meeting one or all of the nine quality of life domains:

The persons who use disability services:

  1. Are living in their own home in the community
  2. Are exercising choice and control in their everyday lives
  3. Are participating in social and civic life
  4. Have meaningful personal relationships
  5. Have opportunities for person development and fulfilment of aspirations
  6. Have a job or other valued social roles
  7. Are enjoying a good quality of life and well-being
  8. Are achieving best possible health
  9. Are safe, secure and free from abuse

We are encouraging submissions from people who are supported as well as services and would hope that the majority of presentations on the day will be made by persons who are using the services in addition to the staff who support them.

Some suggested topics are:

  • Describing experiences of any of the nine domains
  • Changing from an institutional approach to a person/family-centred approach
  • Partnership between service users, their families, where appropriate, and the interdisciplinary team
  • The shift in culture required to embed person centred practice into adult disability services
  • Goal setting around the nine outcomes through collaboration between individuals and the interdisciplinary team
  • Promoting development and learning for adults with disabilities through natural environments and everyday life
  • Encouraging the use of community supports and resources
  • Outcomes of liaising and working with community groups to support person centred practice
  • Developing information resources for individuals in different formats
  • Measuring the achievement of outcomes for adults against the nine outcomes

 Please make your submission on the attached form, completing all sections fully, and return to disabilitiesqi@hse.ie  by July 19th 2019. No submissions will be accepted after this date. Notification of successful submissions will be sent by July 31st 2019.



Pillar room, Rotunda Hospital


Marie Kehoe-O’Sullivan
National Quality Improvement Office Disability Services Suite 1, Daly’s SuperValu Complex Upper Park Road Killarney Co Kerry V93 CH69