Clinical Care Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


A range of national clinical care programmes have been established by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the National Quality Directorate for Clinical Strategy and Programmes to improve and standardise patient care in Ireland.

National Quality Directorate

The National Quality Directorate for Clinical Strategy and Programmes was established within the Health Service Executive (HSE).  It brings together clinical disciplines and enables them to share innovative solutions that deliver greater benefits to patients.

Clinical Care Programmes

Through its partnership with postgraduate medical training and medical professional bodies, the Directorate has established over thirty clinical care programmes.

The aim

The programmes aim to design standardised models for delivering integrated clinical care.

How they work

Within each programme, clinicians engage and collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams, patients, hospital management and other stakeholders to deliver the programme’s aims.

Clinical Care Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

One of these programmes is the Clinical Care Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which was jointly established by the HSE and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to improve choice in women’s healthcare.  The Programme is led by Prof Michael Turner.

The aim

To improve choice in women’s healthcare.

How it works

The programme plans to achieve its aims by ensuring:

  • Maintaining the low national maternal and perinatal mortality rates.
  • Stopping the rate of caesarean sections in first time mothers increasing.
  • Developing and implementing national guidelines in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Increasing the number of patients attending for antenatal care for early pregnancy from 55% of total births in 2007 to 70% in 2012.
  • Improving choice by developing and delivering new models of maternity care.
  • Reducing the number and cost of medical negligence cases in obstetrics.
  • Reducing incidence of multiple births after infertility treatment.

Clinical Advisory Group

The Clinical Advisory Group liaises with the National Clinical Care Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in improving choice in women’s healthcare.   The Clinical Advisory Group has primarily worked with the National Clinical Care Programme Lead and Working Group members on the development of national clinical guidelines in obstetrics and gynaecology, and has provided input into the implementation of the Miscarriage Misdiagnosis Report, improving the early pregnancy assessment services, amongst other initiatives. The chair of the Committee, Prof Robert F Harrison is the current Chair of the Institute.

Contact the Programme

Contact us by phone on +353 1 863 9700 or by email at iog@rcpi.ie

Or you can write to:

Prof Michael Turner, Clinical Lead
Clinical Care Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Frederick House
19 South Frederick Street
Dublin 2
Ireland