Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Required in South East

 

Relevant qualifications, training and experience:

The CNM2 must be a Registered Nurse, on the live register of NMBI with a minimum of 2 years nursing management experience in acute services.

It is essential for this post holder to have a background in medical and or surgical nursing.

It would be advantageous to have experience / qualification in A&E Nursing, Triage, Medical Assessment, Pre-Operative Clinics and ICU.

Applications in the strictest confidence to brianegan@bluebirdcare.ie or call 056 780 6055

Stephen Cluskey Gives Rugby Stars A Wheelchair Challenge

Stephen Cluskey of GoAccessible365.com will give a number of Irish rugby stars a challenge they won’t forget. The social entrepreneur who campaigns for better travel access for people with disabilities will feature in a programme he developed and which will be aired on TV3 this Friday night October 9th at 10.30pm. Bluebird Care are a proud supporter of GoAccessible365.com.

WATCH THE SHOW TRAILER

Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge asks some of Ireland’s top rugby players to sit into a wheelchair and experience first hand the everyday experiences, frustrations and challenges of being physically disabled in Ireland. Four rugby heroes will be asked to make their way from Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to Limerick’s Thomond Park while in a wheelchair. Irish vice captain Jamie Heaslip, Munster’s full back Felix Jones and former Ireland legends Shane Byrne and David Wallace attempt to use buses, trains and taxis – as well as pure muscle – to journey on a road less travelled.

What will happen when these elite athletes are stripped of their physical prowess and challenged to experience the sobering reality of those who live in a wheelchair every single day?

Big thanks to Loosehorse Productions for putting together a brilliant show.

– See more at: http://goaccessible365.com/News-and-views/Rugbys-Wheelchair-Challenge/#sthash.vbF8xYpO.dpuf 

Robbie Ball, Healthcare Assistant, Bluebird Care Clare Wins i-CARE Award

Clare Healthcare Assistant Honoured With National Award

Robbie Ball Impress Judges With His #myicarestory
Robbie Ball from Ennis in Co. Clare has been honoured with a national award for his work with Bluebird Care. Robbie was named the national winner of Bluebird Care’s i-CARE awards.
Robbie Ball, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Clare who was named 2015 i-CARE winner. He is pictured with Eddie O'Toole, Operations Director, Bluebird Care Ireland; Kay Leahy, Director Bluebird Care Clare and Pearl Nugent, Care Manager, Bluebird Care Clare

Robbie Ball, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Clare who was named 2015 i-CARE winner. He is pictured with Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director, Bluebird Care Ireland; Kay Leahy, Director Bluebird Care Clare and Pearl Nugent, Care Manager, Bluebird Care Clare

The company asked its 1,500 carers nationwide to tell their personal story of why they chose a career in care. All entrants were asked submit a video, poem or story to depict their #myicarestory. At a high profile event in Dublin, filmed by Irish TV and to be broadcast on Sky later this month, and presented by broadcaster George Hook, Robbie Ball said he was “humbled and shocked” with his win.

“I cannot thank my colleagues in Bluebird Care in Clare enough for their support. They allow me to do my job diligently and passionately. It’s a job I love and one I get great satisfaction from. My care story was told from the perspective of one of my client’s and the difference that I make to his life on a daily basis. As carers we choose to do this job because we get so much back. This award is an acknowledgement of all the great work my colleagues and I do in every part of Ireland. But I am so proud to represent them and Bluebird Care.”

Kay Leahy, Director of Bluebird Care in Clare congratulated Robbie saying, “As Ireland’s population ages and increases, there will be more demands on homecare companies such as ours to provide quality care in the community.  Our healthcare assistants spend thousands of hours in hundreds of homes each week, providing necessary and valuable care to ensure that people of all ages and varying degrees of ability remain in their own homes, and continue to participate in their communities.

“Put simply, we wanted to showcase the great work being done by our Healthcare Assistants in every corner of Clare and indeed Ireland. We hear the feedback from our customer’s about how carers go the extra mile and we thought it was time to shine a light on that commitment, passion and compassion shown day in and day out by our staff.

“So this year we made 2015 ‘The Year of the Carer’ and have honoured our healthcare staff in our i-CARE awards. Robbie is a remarkable person and his care story was told with such depth of feeling. We are delighted for him.”

Runners Up

1st Runner Up

Mary Bradley, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Galway who was 1st runner up. She is pictured with George Hook, Brian MacGoey, Eddie O'Toole and Eamon Timmins, Age Action

Mary Bradley, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Galway who was 1st runner up. She is pictured with George Hook, Brian MacGoey, Eddie O’Toole and Eamon Timmins, Age Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Runner Up

Michelle Fennell, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Dublin South who was 2nd runner up

Michelle Fennell, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Dublin South who was 2nd runner up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commendation Award Winners

Commendation Award winners, Nuala Fitzgerald, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Limerick, Tracy Culleton, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Tipperary/East Cork and Susan Dunne, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Dublin South East/Wicklow

Commendation Award winners, Nuala Fitzgerald, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Limerick, Tracy Culleton, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Tipperary/East Cork and Susan Dunne, Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care Dublin South East/Wicklow

Read our finalists’ #myicarestory entries here 

View our Award Photos

Celebrating Our Healthcare Assistants Nationwide

Posted by Bluebird Care on Saturday, October 3, 2015

 

The Judges

The external judging panel was made up of:

  • Eamon Timmins, CEO Age Action
  • Maureen Kavanagh, CEO Active Retirement Ireland
  • Stephen Cluskey, Founder GoAccessible365.com
  • Susie Hall, Committee Member Alliance of Retired Public Servants

Eamon Timmins described Robbie’s entry as, “a moving and articulate tale of how care changes lives and how the smallest things mean the biggest things for many people who are suffering illness or ability challenges. Robbie is a shining light in the healthcare industry and his story illustrates how important carers are in this country. I, along with my fellow judges would like to congratulate him on his national i-CARE award from Bluebird Care.”

Here is Robbie’s winning #myicarestory

Many years ago one of the most wonderful lady’s I’ve ever known told me that during a normal progression through life one would either end up as a carer or being cared for. At the time I didn’t fully understand what she meant.

My name is Robbie and I work as a Healthcare Assistant with Bluebird Care in Ennis. My calling as a carer literally started with a phone call to the Bluebird Care office saying would I like to come to the office for an interview having recently summited a CV. Little did I know that day while I was making my way to the office that I was about to embark one of the most amazing and rewarding journeys of my life.

After my successful interview I was offered a position with Bluebird Care which I gladly accepted and will always be grateful and may never be able to repay the wealth of knowledge and experience gained. My role at Bluebird Care presently involves caring for, and supporting a male customer with Huntington’s disease (HD), which is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder.

To say that he is one of the most extraordinary and gifted people I ever met may be an understatement.

One day I was sitting with him while he was eating his lunch, he suddenly stopped eating and put down his knife and fork and turned in my direction and asked me “why I became a carer?” Before I could answer he just said, “I’m so glad you did” and picked up his knife and fork and continued eating without another word being said.

Later on that day what he had said earlier was still very fresh in my mind and it wouldn’t leave me and I began to reflect on why I really became a carer, and what it means to me. Then mental images came to me and they began to answer what I was asking and I found myself back in his home and came to realise that:

  • When he chooses the clothes he wants to wear in the morning and seeing that look of victory in his eyes in his constant battle to remain independent.
  • As I tie his shoe laces I try to step into those shoes at times and see the challenges and issues he faces on a daily basis.
  • When we laugh and joke we do it together, we share our life experiences and learn things from each other.
  • He knows that I accept him for the person that he is and I will never judge him.
  • In spite of people’s disabilities they have the same needs and desires as any other person.
  • I became over time an extended member of the family without actually knowing it.
  • The good days far outnumber the not so good days and the reward just seeing him smile and knowing that he has confidence in me in all the tasks and duties I perform with him.
  • I’m not just a carer I am a friend and a companion and at times an advocate.

Even though I work on my own I’m never really alone as I know I have the support of one of the most wonderful and competent team of people back in the Bluebird Care office anyone could ever have the pleasure to be a part of. Knowing that they are only a phone call or a visit away gives me the confidence, ability and strength to give the best care possible because in my roll I’m not only representing myself, Bluebird Care, but I’m also representing them. I’m so proud to say they are my colleagues and friends.

I have fully come to understand now about ending up as a carer or being cared for and what my mother meant all those years ago.

 

 

 

Q Mark Business Group of the Year

Bluebird Care Named Business Group Of The Year In National Q Mark Awards

Bluebird Care, headquartered in Limerick, have been named Business Group of the Year in Ireland at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.

Hailed as “the custodians of business excellence”, the team from Bluebird Care were beaming with pride as they were called to the stage to receive the winner’s trophy during an exciting awards ceremony held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin.

The Q Mark Awards are indelibly associated with quality and excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and is the only system which allows businesses to monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time. Winning this award has shown Bluebird Care truly cares about its customers and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that it achieves the highest possible standards at all times.

Eddie O'Toole and The Team from Bluebird Care Accepting the Business Group of the Year Award

Pictured accepting the Q Mark Business Group of the Year Award on behalf of Bluebird Care is Operations Director, Eddie O’Toole. He is pictured with (left to right) Irene Collins, Managing Director, EIQA; Elysha Brennan, 2015 Rose of Tralee; Tånaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton; Sean Lyons, Director of Bluebird Care Galway; Brian Egan, Director of Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford; Carolyn Corless, Care Manager, Bluebird Care Galway; Kay Leahy, Director of Bluebird Care Clare and Martin King, TV3.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, who attended this year’s National Q Mark Awards, said “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting Irish businesses providing products and services to the highest international standards and creating good, sustainable employment. It is impressive to see tonight, so many Irish businesses from all sectors and counties embedding quality standards as a key part of their offering to customers. These are the innovative Irish businesses that are powering the engine of our recovery, and I wish them every success in the future.”

Bluebird Care is one of Ireland’s leading homecare providers operating since 2007. They have a nationwide network with offices in each of the 26 counties, employing 1,500 staff and providing care and assistance to a diverse customer base including older persons, individuals with a disability (intellectual and physical) dementia, children and more recently customers with high complex care needs. They are an approved provider of services to The HSE and also work with many other national organisations as well as with private clients.

As they left the stage having been presented with their award, Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director said “Receiving an award from Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) for Business Group of the Year for the second time in three consecutive years is testament to Bluebird Care’s ongoing and unfaltering commitment to quality standards in homecare in Ireland. As the first franchised homecare company to have all its offices Q Mark approved, we are absolutely thrilled with this award as are our 17 Directors and 1,500 staff. The dedication our network has to the caring profession is evidenced by this nomination.”

Known as ‘The Oscars of Business Excellence’, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required.

Irene Collins, Managing Director of The National Q Mark Awards said, “Bluebird Care are innovative in the way they manage their franchise operations. They are the only homecare provider in Ireland to have all their franchisees be assessed in compliance with the requirements of the Q Mark for Quality Management Systems.”

Three local Bluebird Care offices were also shortlisted for Homecare Company of the Year – they were Galway, Meath and Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford

Eddie O'Toole, Operations Director, Bluebird Care; Carolyn Corless, Care Manager Bluebird Care Galway, Tanaiste Joan Burton, Sean Lyons Director Bluebird Care Galway and Irene Collins EIQA

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director, Bluebird Care; Carolyn Corless, Care Manager Bluebird Care Galway, Tanaiste Joan Burton, Sean Lyons Director Bluebird Care Galway and Irene Collins EIQA

Representatives of Bluebird Care Meath accepting their award for finalist of Homecare Company of the Year

Representatives of Bluebird Care Meath accepting their award for finalist of Homecare Company of the Year

Brian Egan Director of Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford pictured receiving his award from EIQA for being a Finalist in the Homecare Company of the Year category. He is pictured with his wife Kathy.

Brian Egan Director of Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford pictured receiving his award from EIQA for being a Finalist in the Homecare Company of the Year category. He is pictured with his wife Kathy.

Media Contact:

Paula Rainey
Excellence Ireland Quality Association
Tel: 01 660 4100
Email: awards@eiqa.com

About EIQA:

EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969.  They currently audit the standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally.

EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark and uses this brand to identify its various certifications, namely: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centres, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q)

EIQA have a proven track record of auditing standards to the highest standard available in Ireland. They guarantee their customers an independent, professional, and consistent service which in turn guarantees the consumer that companies operating to Q Mark standards, operate at levels that far exceed current legislative requirements.

EIQA make a key contribution to organisations within the private and public services sectors, by operating through continuous improvement certification programmes. This ensures that 100% of their operations are being monitored for best practice 100% of the time and enables their customers to measure and achieve on-going business improvements results.

EIQA has a National audit team of qualified auditors who have extensive experience across a broad range of sectors and who undertake comprehensive quality assurance checks to maintain a consistently high audit standard.

For further information on EIQA, please log on to: www.qmark.ie