The Irish healthcare workforce is not in the same place as the rest of the nation, according to a survey commissioned by health and social care officials.
The report found that there are currently 5,500 staff across the country who are working to deliver health literacy and a range of skills, including information technology, marketing and recruitment.
The survey, conducted in April, also found that only 6% of people in health care were aware of the NHS’s commitment to tackling the health inequalities experienced by women and people of colour.
In a release from the department, the Department of Health said it was committed to ensuring that all of the health professionals working in Ireland are aware of their roles and the importance of health literacy in their work.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that all health professionals in the Health Service are aware that the role of health care in our country is to deliver quality healthcare, and to support people to achieve the best outcomes possible,” it said.
The department added that while the role is still relatively small, it was encouraging that “significant numbers of people are working towards health literacy”.
“The health service in Ireland is a diverse and inclusive workforce that has a clear understanding of its role in delivering quality health care to the people of Ireland.”
In particular, we know that health care is a vital part of the lives of women and minority groups, particularly those who are disadvantaged and in need of support,” it added.
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