Ireland - Psychiatric nurses will receive additional pay - August 31, 2016

Trade union SIPTU welcomed the approval by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of a payment recognising the vital role of community mental health nurses. Psychiatric nurses working in communities will receive additional payments of about €5,000. Union representatives had been engaging with the HSE management, under the auspices of the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC), in an attempt to resolve a number of issues having a negative impact on the recruitment and retention of nurses. An agreement was reached on a package of 12 proposals at WRC, including an additional 60 psychiatric nurse training places to be provided in 2016 and 70 more in 2017. 40 postgrad places will be offered to nurses from other disciplines to train as psychiatric nurses from January 2017. All temporary nurses and 2016 graduates will be offered permanent posts.

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