Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

National Clinical Programme in Emergency Medicine

Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate in the HSE has been established to improve and standardise patient care throughout the organisation by bringing together clinical disciplines and enabling them to share innovative solutions to deliver greater benefits to every user of HSE services.

The National Clinical Programmes are a strategic initiative between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the various post-graduate training bodies.

The programmes are based on three main objectives:

  • To improve the quality of care we deliver to all users of HSE services
  • To improve access to all services
  • To improve cost effectiveness


The aim of the Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) is to improve the safety and quality of patient care in Emergency Departments (EDs) and to reduce waiting times for patients.

Emergency Medicine
"Emergency medicine is a medical specialty -- a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders. It further encompasses an understanding of the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development."
International Federation for Emergency Medicine (2008)

National Emergency Medicine Programme
The Programme is led by a multidisciplinary working group that includes Consultants in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Nurses, representatives of Pre-hospital Care and the Therapy Professions. It is supported by the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, the National Board for Ireland of the College of Emergency Medicine, the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, the Therapies Professions Committee and the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate (CSPD) of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The Programme working group is also supported by an advisory group. The implementation of Clinical Programmes across a range of specialties has opened up new channels of communication between clinical specialties, services and interest groups. The collaboration that has occurred to date, and that is planned for the future, offers an unprecedented opportunity for the development of truly integrated systems of patient care.

Irish Children's Triage System
Irish Children's Triage System