HSE hires food blogger and other social media experts

The HSE has hired some of the  Eft Crop social media specialists to propose the team of workers in recent months, internal documents have shown.

Food blogger and social media consultant Niall Harbison was recruited with the aid of the HSE to address personnel about his imaginative and prescient for healthcare in Ireland at a recent seminar. Harbison, founding the father of and every now and then debatable creator for the Lovin’ Dublin website, become paid €615 to talk on the Health Ireland ‘environment’ occasion in Dublin on June 29th.

He decreased his everyday speaking rate of €1,000 to €500 aside from Vat for the HSE, records released under the Freedom of Records Act display.

The HSE, first of all, told Harbison’s crew that it didn’t typically pay speakers for such events as they have been a collaboration to “improve recognition around health”.

His crew then said he become satisfied to do “charitable events” for a price of €500.

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Subjects addressed in the course of the day-long assembly at the Ballsbridge Motel covered advances in digital referrals and e-prescribing and the role of precise identifiers for sufferers.The HSE hired a number of social media experts, including Niall Harbison. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Leader Records officer Richard Corbridge addressed the occasion on trends in the HSE’s digital health file programme.


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In a blog publish after the event, Mr. Corbridge said Harbison had “stimulated the audience with his vision for an incorporated fitness gadget”.

Harbison “brought the target audience through a whistle-stop excursion of what it means to be in social and virtual media these days in 2016 with a great emphasis on being mobile first”, Mr. Corbridge wrote.


The entrepreneur and former chef to Microsoft founder Paul Allen spoke “strongly” at the importance of enticing with stakeholders thru unique social media platforms and commended HSE team of workers on their “use of Twitter Hours” and its “transparency timetable” for developing relationships.

Harbison commanded less for his speak engagement than social media instructor Samantha Kelly, who trades under the name ‘The Tweeting Goddess’ and who was paid €650 to deal with HSE workforce at the meeting in Dublin on June 2d.

Wexford-based Kelly, a former contestant at the tv display Dragons’ Den, expenses just under €1,000 per month to take over Twitter bills to help people or organisations build their social media following.