Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Employment Strategy and Impact on Disabled Persons in the Workplace: Discussion (Resumed)

Ms Jodie McGriele:

How much have you got? At the moment, we are robbing Peter to pay Paul. We have a service level agreement with the HSE that funds the life-cycle model. That involves people from the cradle to the grave. As a response over the last strategy, we realised that employment was a major priority for our service users so we developed the employment, training and academia team in response to this. We have pulled resourcing from what would have been the working age functional assessment vision rehab services to co-fund this. We processed 340 referrals last year on a 4.2 working equivalent. We are talking about an OT grade salary but we do not have coverage in some areas.