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Extra 3,000 therapists needed - report
[Posted: Wed 25/07/2001 www.irishhealth.com]
A massive increase in the number of professional therapists has been recommended in a new report, published today.
It proposes a fourfold increase in speech and language therapists, an increase of over 150% in occupational therapists and a doubling of the number of physiotherapists The developments will require a major increase in training places.
Under the report, commissioned by the Department of Health, Ireland will need to have an extra 1,328 chartered physiotherapists, an extra 875 occupational therapists and an extra 985 speech and language therapists by 2015. The report has yet to go to Cabinet for funding approval.
Health Minister, Micheál Martin told irishhealth.com that at this stage the cost of the extra appointments was not known. The third level institutions are being asked to come up with a response, including costings, to the recommendations in the report.
The report, by economic consultants, Peter Bacon & Associates, says that the existing problems include the fact that:
It says that there is cope for fast-tracking qualification and a need for better career structures.
The Department of Health is to begin a major overseas recruitment campaign in the Autumn, particularly targeting non-EU countries. It also plans to cut the length of time taken to validate foreign qualifications, which can currently take up to three months.
According to the report, there are currently just 25 speech and language therapists, 35 occupational therapists and 120 physiotherapists in Ireland. The authors found problems in getting data in relation to who is actually working where and say that despite the best efforts and expertise of professionals in this area, patients receive services that are 'often insufficient, irregular and uncertain'.
|anonymous Posted: 25/07/2001 17:27|
|i think the points for these careers are higher than law or medicine with very few courses available.....radical changes needed..|
|Siobhan(siobhanoregan) Posted: 07/08/2001 14:16|
|A southern e.g Southern H.B. needs to set up with U.C.C and or Limerick U.L. a base for training of future chartered physios.|
|Anonymous Posted: 08/08/2001 00:54|
|There is certainly a greater need for occupational therapists. In addition, has Minister Martin considered the additional need for OT in schools??|
|vincent(vgill) Posted: 09/08/2001 12:36|
|I would recommend that complementary therapists such as Kinesiologists, mucical and colour therapists could be recruited to augment the health service and reduce the long waiting lists of patients.|
|Anonymous Posted: 10/08/2002 10:13|
|When a child over 4 years has poor language skills, what help is available to parents?Nan|
|Anonymous Posted: 17/09/2002 09:19|
|My daughter who is 7 years has difficulty is pronouncing some words. I had her assessed and was told that her vocabuary test was below average, the rest of the tests were average. What help is available.|
|sharon(sharann) Posted: 30/01/2004 14:07|
|I am an adult who sometimes speak sometimes through my nose. Just wondering where do i get help to eliminate this problem as i am very conscious when speaking in public or to a crowd.|
|Gary(IHO29507) Posted: 12/01/2006 22:27|
|Why not recruit some OT's from the states? I am an OTR/L here in Pa., USA & would be glad to relocate to Ireland if an opportunity presented itself.|
|pie Posted: 08/02/2006 11:55|
|What do I do with a three and a half child who needs occuptional therapy ? where do I get help ?|
|Gary(IHO29507) Posted: 18/02/2006 19:30|
|RE. the continued need for OT's in Eire. I can tell you for certain that here in Pennsylvania, there are many of us who would relocate to Ireland if actively recruited. THose of us who are of Irish lineage, and who have visited, would love to relocate there if the opportunity presented itself. Your standard of living, and overall quality of life far exceed ours. I am a salaried OT/Rehabilitation Director who sees approximately 23 patients a day in addition to managing a department of Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, and other Occupational Therapists.While I am paid to work 40 hours a week, I average 12 hours a day just to keep up with our compliance guidelines, state and federal regulations, and facility policy and procedures. If an OT position was presented to me I would seriously consider it. Thank you, Gary Timothy Duncan, OTR/L, PCHA,LPN|
|Anonymous Posted: 24/06/2006 13:26|
|I am really very interested to work in Ireland as an Occupational Therapist. Actually, I already received a validation letter from the Department of Health and Children..Can somebody please help me find an employer?you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org|
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