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Over the past number of months, the State Claims Agency (SCA) has hosted a series of nationwide seminars for HSE staff on the implications of State indemnity for risk (other than clinical risk), and associated management responsibilities. These seminars were run between November 2013 and January 2014 in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, with a combined attendance of over 200 people.

The SCA is hosting two further seminars on the 20 and 21 February 2014 in Tullamore and Galway respectively. The seminars have proved highly popular to date, with very positive feedback from the attendees.

Who should attend?

Under the self-insurance model of State indemnity the HSE retains the financial risk associated with personal injury and third-party property damage. The purpose of the seminars is to provide senior managers in the HSE with an opportunity to meet with the SCA and gain an understanding of the implications of this model – and how it has a bearing on operations and decision-making for managers within the HSE.

In addition to HSE senior managers, those working in the areas of health and safety, risk management, occupational health, or maintenance, (for example risk managers, health and safety advisers, estates/maintenance managers) are also invited to attend.

What is covered?

The seminars cover a number of topics, with an array of experienced speakers, including representatives from the SCA, the HSA and the HSE Risk Committee.

Topics include:

  • State indemnity explained and the role of the State Claims Agency – Pat Kirwan, Deputy Director, SCA.
  • HSE Risk Committee – Role and Expectations – Tom Beegan, Chair, HSE Risk Committee.
  • The claims management process – Simon Watchorn, Head of Claims, SCA.
  • Risk management, reducing risk and cost – Amy McGealy, Risk Manager, SCA.
  • Role of the Health and Safety Authority – Anne Marie O’Connor, Senior Policy Inspector, HSA.
  • Upgrade to the national adverse event management system (NAEMS, previously known as STARSWeb) – Pat Kirwan, Deputy Director, SCA.

The seminars also incorporate a Q&A session which provides an opportunity for further discussion.


Those interested in attending these seminars should email the SCA at including details of the event you wish to attend, your name, job title/grade, location and a contact email address.

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