Dimension: Staff

Rationale for measurement

The presence of an adequate number of health care staff is essential for optimal patient care. High absenteeism rates can potentially affect quality of patient care and staff morale. The resultant ad hoc use of temporary staff from an external Agency to cover sick leave can also impact on continuity of care for the patient.

Measurement methodology and data sources

  • Local data set from monthly performance metrics

Target

  • 3.5%
  • While COVID leave types have been designated by the HSE as special leave for pay purposes, they are reported under absenteeism herein

Performance

Beaumont Hospital

  • Beaumont Hospital absence rates higher than national target – March 8.23% (46,560 lost hours = 279WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 4.69% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Cavan General Hospital

  • Cavan Hospital reported absence rates higher than national target – March 8.8% (12,870 lost hours = 70WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 4.19% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Monaghan Hospital

  • Monaghan Hospital reported absence rates higher than national target – March 7.2% (890 lost hours = 8WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 2.9% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

  • OLOL reported absence rates higher than national target – March 7.08% (24,225 lost hours = 145WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 3.5% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Louth County Hospital

  • Louth Hospital reported absence rates higher than national target – March 6.45% (2,712 lost hours = 17WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 2% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Connolly Hospital

  • Connolly Hospital reported absence rates higher than national target – March 6.18% (12,692 lost hours = 76WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 3.17% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

Rotunda Hospital

  • Rotunda Hospital reported absence rates higher than national target – March 5.1% (7,014 lost hours = 42WTE)
    • Covid-19 relates to 1.0% of total absence
    • national performance not available at time of report publication

National Comparator – Hospital Groups

Rationale for measurement

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012-2016 came into effect on 29 April 2016. This legislation makes it mandatory for people who carry out relevant work or activities in respect of children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) of the Garda Siochana. The Acts define relevant work or activities as ‘any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable adults’.

Section 21 of the Act provides for the retrospective vetting of employees who are carrying out ‘relevant work or activities’ and who were not previously vetted. The Regulations (SI No. 223 of 2016) provide that applications for retrospective vetting disclosures shall be made not later than March 2018.

Measurement methodology and data sources

  • Local data set from monthly performance metrics

Target

  • 100% of employees engaged in ‘relevant work’

Performance

* In line with legislation members of staff are not allowed to work until their Garda vetting is complete

Rationale for measurement

Maintaining optimum staffing levels is essential for ensuring continued high quality service provision of care to end users. Staff turnover levels are monitored on a monthly basis, providing data to enable in depth workforce analysis, the identification of turnover trends, per staff category, allowing for strategic workforce planning, forecasting future skills requirements.

 Measurement methodology and data sources

  • WTE reports are generated on a monthly basis by each of the 7 clinical sites demonstrating the level of turnover for the previous monthly reporting period

Target

  • there is currently no national target. RCSI Hospital Group have set an annual target of 6%

Performance

  • publication will commence with April performance report