Safeguarding vulnerable adults

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Training

Bluebird Care managers have completed training in safeguarding vulnerable adults. 

In 2014, the HSE implemented  Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk of Abuse. National Policy & Procedures  (2014)  which ensures that those working in the care industry are equipped to prevent and manage any incidents of alleged abuse of a vulnerable person.

Director of Care, Breda Mulvihill says, “Protecting vulnerable adults is paramount in any care setting and we welcome this comprehensive policy from the HSE. All senior managers at Bluebird Care have attended specific training in relation to this policy. This  training was organised for the managers  to promote best practice and compliance with  HSE National Policy  in relation to safeguarding vulnerable persons.”


Did you know?

A vulnerable person is three times more likely to suffer abuse in a residential facility than in their own homes by paid carers according to Anne Wall, Principal Social Worker, National Safeguarding Office, HSE.

Who is a vulnerable person?

The HSE define a vulnerable person as:

An adult who is restricted in capacity to guard himself/herself against harm or exploitation or to report such harm or exploitation.

What is abuse?

Abuse is defined in this policy as:

Any act, or failure to act, which results in a breach of a vulnerable person’s human rights, civil liberties, physical and mental integrity, dignity or general wellbeing, whether intended or through negligence, including sexual relationships or financial transactions to which the person does not or cannot validly consent, or which are deliberately exploitative. Abuse may take a variety of forms.

Committed to safeguarding vulnerable adults 

Breda Mulvihill says, “ Protecting vulnerable adults is paramount in any care setting and  very much welcomes the HSE comprehensive policy on safeguarding vulnerable adults.”  

All current Bluebird Care policies and guidance documents promote welfare, reflect inclusion and transparency  in the provision of services and thus promote an overall culture of safeguarding within the organisation. 

Bluebird Care is dedicated to providing professional, safe, quality, health and social care services in a dignified, respectful and compassionate manner to all its customers.

Download the safeguarding vulnerable adults policy

Click on the image below to download the policy.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults HSE policy

Safeguarding vulnerable adults HSE policy

QQI Level 5 in Healthcare courses with Bluebird Care

Healthcare Training Courses in Limerick

Would you like a career in healthcare? We have partnered with CPL in our Limerick office to deliver a broad range of healthcare courses. Did you know that if you complete one module in either Care of Older Persons or Care Skills and commit to completing the other one then you are qualified to join our team? 

Healthcare Assistant Training Limerick with Bluebird Care

Healthcare Assistant Training Limerick with Bluebird Care

Training Dates & Details

Each module costs €195. All training takes place on a Wednesday at our Limerick Office, Lower Ground Floor, Hibernian House, 105 Henry Street, Limerick City.

Call us on 061 481 208 with any queries or email

Module 1 May 18

May 25

June 1

June 8

Palliative Care
Module 2 June 15

June 22

June 29

July 6

Infection Prevention & Control
Module 3 July 13

July 20

July 27

August 13

Care Support
Module 4 August 10

August 17

August 24

August 31

Care Skills
Module 5 September 7

September 14

September 21

September 28

Module 6 October 4

October 11

October 18

October 25

Safety & Health at Work
Module 7 November 2

November 9

November 16

November 23

Work Experience
Module 8 November 30

December 7

December 14

December 21

Care of The Older Person
The fit for work bill Ireland

The Fit For Work Bill: What it really could mean for people with disabilities in Ireland

A new programme contained in the Programme for Government proposes new incentives for people with a disability to stay or return to work. Given that we work with people with disabilities right across Ireland we decided to find out more about this programme.


What is the Fit for Work programme?

The programme for government contains a provision for a “Fit for Work programme to support more people to get back to work if they have an illness or disability.”

The programme falls under the responsibility of the Minister of State with responsibilities for disability, Finian McGrath T.D.

Arthritis Ireland is leading the development of the Fit for Work programme in Ireland.

“Fit for Work is a unique initiative that aims to better align the work and health agendas in Ireland, bringing together for the first time key stakeholders from both the work and health arenas to drive important policy changes, armed with a solid evidence base.”


Highlights of a half day conference on Fit to Work that took place in Dublin in 2013



Why is the programme being spear-headed by Athritis Ireland?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading cause of temporary work disability among Ireland’s working age population. The social costs of MSDs are enormous, often over-shadowing those of other chronic conditions. In Ireland, 14 million days are lost each year due to absence and ill health in the workforce, with half of those attributable to MSDs. This costs Ireland E750m each year and 7 million days in absenteeism.


A guide for employees

Whether you are newly diagnosed with arthritis,back pain or another musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), or have been living with the condition for many years, managing work can sometimes be challenging. This guide provides you with up-to-date and accurate information and advice to make sure you can find the help you need to stay in your job. If you are worried or concerned following a recent diagnosis of an MSD, you can find more information about what kind of support you are entitled to. This guide also discusses the options of re-training or moving to different types of jobs within an organisation.

Download the guide here


A guide for employers

Are you interested in the Fit for Work programme? Download the information leaflet here

What’s been the reaction to it?

Senator John Dolan, who is the Disability Federation of Ireland chief executive, said there was fears that a Fit for Work scheme, modelled on the British example, will be target driven and force people to work who are not fit to do so.


“There are worrying concerns and criticisms of the UK Fit for Work scheme related to the assessment process, unreasonable target-based cultures, resources, time and expertise available to the assessment process and subjectiveness.”


Minister of State with Responsibility for Disability Finian McGrath says the programme is based on an EU model.


“Any such proposals will be in line with the wealth of evidence which shows that generally employment is good for one’s mental and physical health and wellbeing and, conversely, that unemployment is damaging.”

It’s about choice

Being able to work and being afforded the right and the opportunity to work are two separate situations. However, we welcome any initiatives that support people with a disability who choose to work.

Care Now In The Hands of Older People in Ireland

“New HSE programme ensures the money follows the patient and is to be welcomed.”

Bluebird Care to provide homecare for older people nationwide on behalf of the HSE

Bluebird Care has welcomed the new approach to older persons care with individuals and family members being able to choose which homecare provider they work with, when the HSE cannot provide services directly.

This is a significant step forward for the homecare industry in Ireland. Older people across Ireland have the ability to research, evaluate and choose which company provides care in their own home. They can choose to work with a homecare provider that was successful in the recent older persons services tender, in the relevant area. This tender gives older people and their families more choice.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland, Brian MacGoey was speaking following the announcement of the HSE Tender for Older Persons Services 2016-2018. Bluebird Care will provide homecare across Ireland in 25 counties to older people in their own home.

The Director of Care at the company, Breda Mulvihill says:

Bluebird Care is fully committed to providing high quality safe services within the home setting in line with best practice and national standards, and very much looks forward to the provision of home care to older persons on behalf of the HSE over the next number of years.

Bluebird Care has been operating in Ireland since 2007 and is an Irish-owned company. The company is the first franchised homecare company to have all its 26 offices Q Mark certified. It is also the current holder of the Q Mark Business Group of the Year Award and sees external quality auditing as a key factor in their ability to provide quality homecare.

Bluebird Care provides a nurse-led service with experienced and trained Care Supervisors, Care Coordinators, Social Care workers and Homecare Assistants making up the healthcare teams.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced €40m for home care services which will be broken down as follows:

  • €20m will be allocated to ensure that the 10.4 million home help hours
  • 15,450 home care packages
  • 130 intensive home care packages
  • 313 transitional care beds provided in 2015 are maintained
  • €10m will ensure that the rate of service allocation can be maintained during the summer months
  • €10m has been ring fenced for home care as part of the new winter initiative.

Minister Harris says:

As a result, we are not only maintaining home care and transitional care services at 2015 levels, but increasing them. I am privileged to have become Minister for Health at a time when we are in a period of reinvestment in the health services, which gives me the opportunity to address some immediate issues facing patients as well as meeting Programme for Government commitments I want to deliver in my first 100 days.  This includes a Winter Initiative to manage overcrowding in Emergency Departments, an integral part of which is increased resources for home care services.


Services for Older People

Delayed discharges and waiting lists for acute services can arise when sufficient supports are not available for our older citizens in the community.  Our population is ageing rapidly, with advances in healthcare leading to a dramatic rise in our older population.  There is now a stronger emphasis on home care and other community services which provide a greater range of options to avoid admission to acute hospitals, support early discharges, and, where appropriate, to rehabilitate and re-able patients after periods of particular difficulty.


The HSE provides a range of community-based services aimed at ensuring older people receive safe, timely and appropriate care and treatment at the lowest level of complexity, and as close to home as possible. However, demand for these services is rising as more people are supported in their own homes rather than in hospitals or nursing homes and I am delighted that the Government has been able to respond to this demand by providing an extra €40m for home care in 2016.


For the future, the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to increasing funding for home care packages and home help year on year. Of the additional €40m, €20m will be allocated to ensure that the 10.4 million home help hours, 15,450 home care packages, 130 intensive home care packages and 313 transitional care beds provided in 2015 are maintained; €10m will ensure that the rate of service allocation can be maintained during the summer months; and €10m has been ring fenced for home care as part of the new winter initiative.


There will, however, always be a cohort of older people who require a quality long-term residential care option.  This must continue to be available to anyone who needs it.

Service for People with Disabilities

The Government, together with the statutory and non-statutory agencies who provide services to people with disabilities, have been working towards empowering  people with disabilities to live independent lives, provide them with greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhancing their ability to tailor the supports they require to meet their needs and plan their lives. This year, funding of €1.59 billion in total is being provided for health and personal social services for wide and complex range of services and supports for people with disabilities, including the additional €31m which was secured for Disability Services, as was outlined by Minister McGrath last week.


The additional funding will cover costs incurred from compliance with national residential standards, services provided to meet the changing needs of people with disabilities, and the provision of emergency residential places. Of this additional funding, €3m is ear-marked for new initiatives, including an additional provision for services to meet the need of school leavers with disabilities and the anticipated cost of a number of emergency residential placements arising this year.


There is an onus on us all to use this substantial resource more effectively and efficiently.  And most importantly, we must ensure that we are achieving real and significant improvements in the lives of people with disabilities.


These improvements are being driven through Transforming Lives, which is the programme to implement the recommendations of the Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland.