3 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard


A new advocacy service for older people is being made available to users of Monaghan Hospital.
A briefing on the service was delivered in the hospital on Tuesday evening by its providers SAGE, whose Development Worker Danielle Monahan described the approach being adopted as “to collaborate where possible and challenge where necessary”.
Monaghan and Cavan Hospitals will avail of the new service through their membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) Hospitals Group.
It is hoped that a Memorandum of Understanding will shortly be agreed between SAGE and the Health Service Executive (HSE) in respect of advocacy services in hospitals, Tuesday’s briefing was told.
Ms Monahan and SAGE Practice Development Adviser Tessa Digby outlined the range of support services patients in hospitals, nursing homes and home or community settings can access in order to express their will and preference on issues pertaining to their health and wellbeing. Monaghan Hospital service users and staff personnel heard that SAGE advocates would work to ensure their clients’ voices were heard independently of family, service provider or system interests.
Ms Monahan told The Northern Standard that referrals to the service could be made on behalf of an older person, but that the direction of advocacy was determined directly by the person concerned.
SAGE are endeavouring to recruit volunteer advocates from the local community.
“We need volunteers from the Monaghan area to provide support and advocacy services with and for people in all care settings,” Ms Digby told us.
“Training, support and supervision will be provided to all successful applicants.”
She described advocacy as “a process of empowerment to ensure the wishes and preferences of the person are heard.”
More information and an application form can be accessed by logging on to
Alternatively, those interested can contact Michelle Rooney, Education, Training and Support Co-ordinator (by emailing or by telephoning 086 183 1428)
Mairead Twohig, Quality & Patient Safety Manager with the Cavan-Monaghan Hospitals, in thanking the SAGE representatives for Tuesday’s briefing, said…

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