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Quality and the HSE


HSE Social Care Plan 2015 states that “Quality improvement, quality assurance and verification, will underpin the HSE approach to quality and safety in 2015, as is essential in times of constrained resources and change”. One of their aims is that all agencies in receipt of €3m or more in public funding will employ an internationally recognised quality improvement methodology such as EFQM, CQL, CARF or PQASSO.
In a previous article I outlined some of the Quality Assurance models that are used in the Community and Voluntary sector.
That article focused on PQASSO as this is the model recommended by...

2015 Governance Code National Training Programme


Sligo, Kilkenny, Cork, Athlone, Limerick, Galway and Dublin


As part of our ongoing support for Good Governance in the Community and Voluntary sector, Carmichael Centre strongly recommends adoption of the Governance Code. To assist with this process, Pobal has commissioned a Governance Code Training Programme in the form of a series of one-day governance training sessions taking place around the country. Facilitated by Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael Centre and The Wheel, each session will provide participants with an understanding of good governance, the practical steps needed for...

Seven Signs That Show Your Board is in Need of a Spring Clean


This weekend I finally got round to spending some time in my garden digging, weeding, cleaning up and generally getting the garden ready for new growth. We are already at the end of February and it was long overdue work.  It is a task I kept putting off. But I know that for a little work now, the garden will reap the benefits throughout the year.
Likewise with our Boards, regular spring cleans will do wonders for its effectiveness. The following seven signs will help you decide if your Board is in need of some weeding, cleaning up and fertilising.   

1. Do we need to clear some deadwood?
Gardening is about giving plants the food and space to flourish. Our boards also need to be given the opportunity to flourish and renew. Sometimes board members stay on too long. Their...

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