The National Clinical Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established in 2010 as a joint initiative between HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The aim of the programme is to improve choices in women's healthcare.
Professor Michael Turner of the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital leads the programme.
The programme publishes national clinical guidelines that provide clear guidance on managing common and serious conditions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
National clinical guidelines are typically developed by a small team of clinicians and health professionals with expertise in the subject matter. All guidelines are extensively peer-reviewed by a wide range of disciplines associated with maternity services. Once consensus is reached, the guideline is sent for endorsement to both the Clinical Advisory Group of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division of the HSE, before being published.