Intellectual disability and mental health services provider, Nua Healthcare has said 170 jobs will be created at a new specialist centre in County Meath.

It said the centre will hire local and regional healthcare professionals, who will care for those with mental health and neurodevelopment disorders, including intellectual disability.

The new Tearmann House approved centre, which has already begun construction, will be developed on lands just outside Gormanston.

The company said it expects the first phase of the development will be completed before the end of this year, and the remaining phases will be completed by mid-2023.

The new centre forms part of Nua Healthcare's Mental Health Care Pathway (MHCP), which has been designed to specifically cater for individuals with enduring mental health and complex needs

The company’s MHCP encompasses four distinct tiers, each one providing different levels of support and environments.

It said the new centre will be consultant-led, with care and treatment being provided by a core specialist multidisciplinary team with experience in Intellectual Disabilities and Rehabilitation Psychiatry.

It will also include the introduction of a number of new onsite roles in areas such as Psychiatric Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacology and Social Work.

Nua Healthcare said the new facility will welcome individuals referred through Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO), who require specialist treatment in a safe care setting.

"We are committed to understanding and responding to what our customers want, to developing our facilities and our teams to better care for, treat and support the men and women who most need us in a truly person centred, dignified and respectful way," said Noel Dunne, CEO of Nua Healthcare.,

"It is our belief that these new services, which are ideally positioned from an accessibility perspective, will both support and complement the already established provision and that they will serve as a catalyst for new specialist capacity across the country and with it hope for the many individuals in need," he added.

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee said the centre is a hugely welcome development.

"It will be a crucial piece of infrastructure in the overall State mental health treatment sector and will provide excellent specialist care for persons with mental health or neurodevelopment disorders," she said in a statement.