The National Clinical Programmes focus on improving specific clinical areas such as:
The programmes are led by doctors and were established jointly by the HSE Directorate of Clinical Strategy and Programmes and Irish postgraduate medical training bodies, such as RCPI.
Each National Clinical Programme has three main objectives, to:
The first programmes were launched in 2010 and there are approximately 36 National Clinical Programmes in operation today.
Since their foundation, the National Clinical Programmes have been one of the most significant and positive developments in the Irish Health Service. Their success is due to the close collaboration between the HSE and the Medical Training Colleges and working in partnership with patients, nursing and therapy leads and the Department of Health.
The patient journey can be complex and the National Clinical Programmes use quality improvement methodologies to develop practical solutions to address potentially problematic points on this journey; for example, delays in getting an outpatient appointment.
By bringing experienced people from multidisciplinary backgrounds together we create the right conditions for innovative ideas and solutions to evolve – solutions that deliver real and lasting benefits for all patients and HSE service users.
Many programmes are also developing national clinical guidelines, which act as a step-by-step guide to managing common or urgent issues within a clinical area; for example how to manage early pregnancy loss.
The guidelines are patient-focused and undergo extensive peer review before being approved.
In Ireland an estimated 190,000 people (5.6% of the Irish population) have diabetes. The aim of the Diabetes Clinical Programme is to save the lives, eyes and limbs of patients with diabetes.
National Clinical Programme for Diabetes
Programme management support for each of the 20 RCPI clinician-led programmes is provided by either RCPI or the HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate.
For each of the 20 RCPI clinician-led Programmes:
The vision of the National Clinical Programme for Asthma is that every child and every adult with asthma in Ireland should reach their maximal health and quality-of-life potential through the prevention, early detection and effective treatment of asthma.
National Clinical Programme for Asthma