About Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet


Established in January 2008, Leading Healthcare Providers (LHP) Skillnet is a not-for-profit Learning Network co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and our member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. Of the 70 Skillnet Ireland Learning Networks, we are the only Learning Network dedicated exclusively to educating the private healthcare sector.

Given the terms of our funding, we facilitate the education of private healthcare organisations at a heavily subsidised cost. That is to say that we bear the brunt of the administrative burden involved in running programmes (sourcing training, booking rooms, etc.), and we substantially reduce the cost that the healthcare employer would otherwise incur, without paying the educators less.

In some cases, following a conversation with the management team of a healthcare organisation, we will work with our panel of industry experts to devise a new programme specially tailored to whatever educational demands the healthcare organisation felt were under-represented in their sector.

In addition, we support those trying to re-enter the workforce. The students on our Employment Activation Programme are enrolled on the Healthcare Support Course (QQI Level 5) absolutely free of charge. Once obtained, this industry-standard qualification empowers the students to gain safe and secure employment in the healthcare sector.  Last year we guided 142 EAP students to the successful completion of their course.

Our mission is to meet the educational needs of our member companies in the private healthcare sector. Whether you want a specific programme or you simply have a rough idea of the training you need, you can turn to us. We have over a decade’s worth of experience in delivering committed, comprehensive service, and we are continually growing.

For more information on our team and steering group, click here.

For more information on how to become a member company, click here.

For more information on our policies and procedures, check out our Quality Assurance Manual by clicking here.


2018 Network Activity

  • 173 Member Companies engaged with LHP Skillnet
  • We trained 1,794 Healthcare Staff
  • We trained 142 EAP Students
  • We delivered 16, 327 training days to both employed and unemployed students.
  • All courses delivered were accredited by either QQI or NMBI or other relevant bodies.