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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

About the HSE

About the HSE

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides thousands of different services in hospitals and communities across the country.  

These services range from public health nurses treating older people in the community to caring for children with challenging behaviour; from educating people how to live healthier lives to performing highly-complex brain surgery; from planning for major emergencies to controlling the spread of infectious diseases. At some stage every year, everybody in Ireland will use one or more of the services provided. They are of vital importance to the entire population.

The HSE is the largest employer in the State, with more than 67,000 direct employees, and a further 35,000 employed by agencies funded by the HSE. Each employee plays a vital role in contributing to the HSE. 

The HSE aims to be an Employer of Choice, and offers a wide range of challenging career opportunities that enable our staff to make an important contribution to the health services, to public service and to the lives of everyone living in Ireland.

The HSE is divided into various functions listed below:

  • Acute Services
  • Primary Care
  • Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • National Cancer Control Programme
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Clinical Strategy & Programmes
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Health Business Services
  • Audit

We aim to deliver healthcare by living our values of Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning.  For more information please see our Corporate Plan 2015-2017.