National Project Lead, Health and Wellbeing Programme, Department of Health
Biddy is National Project Lead in the Health and Wellbeing Programme Department of Health. She is leading on the development of the National Healthy Workplace Framework in partnership with the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation under the auspices of Healthy Ireland.
Biddy has worked in Health Promotion for over twenty years at both strategic and operational levels within the Health Service and the Department of Health. She has extensive experience in partnership working, policy and programme development and implementation. She is a keen advocate for personal development including reflective practice and believes that facilitative leadership is key to changing workplace culture to promote health and wellbeing.
She was appointed as an Assistant National Director in the Health and Wellbeing Division Health Service Executive in 2013 and seconded to the Department of Health in 2015.
She has a background in Nursing and Addiction Counselling and holds a Higher Diploma in Adult Education and MA in Health Promotion
Developing a Healthy Workplace Framework
Summary of Presentation:
The development of the Healthy Workplace Framework is a priority under Healthy Ireland, recognising that a healthy workforce benefits all of society and contributes to economic growth as well as improved health outcomes. One of the key elements is working in partnership with the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation and other stakeholders reflecting the core principles and ethos of Healthy Ireland.
The Healthy Workplace Framework is intended to be a practical resource providing flexible guidance that can be adapted to any workplace setting to facilitate and sustain healthy workplaces. The proposed framework will be underpinned by a robust evidence base and an extensive consultation process while taking account of international guidelines.
This presentation will outline progress to date, identify key milestones and set out the proposed agenda for the next phase of work.