Established over 10 years ago, the National Clinical Programmes are a collaboration between the Health Service Executive, postgraduate medical training colleges and other healthcare professional groups. There are currently over 30 national clinical programmes in total and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is involved in approximately half of those. The programmes are based around:
- population groups, for example, children or older people
- medical specialties, for example, gastroenterology and hepatology
- specific diseases or disease groups, for example, cystic fibrosis or obesity
Each National Clinical Programme includes multidisciplinary input from a range of healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, health and social care professionals, healthcare managers and other key stakeholders, such as service users.
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is committed to promoting clinical leadership as a key part of service design and planning within healthcare. The College facilitates specialty members to provide expert clinical advice and input to the clinical programmes through:
- the nomination of senior doctors as National Clinical Leads, and
- the establishment of clinical advisory groups.