Programme Resources

In 2012, the Programme undertook an extensive process of engagement, which included a formal site visit to every paediatric unit in Ireland.  The outcomes of these site visits formed the basis for a strategic framework document, which has been approved by the HSE Senior Management Team.  This document is available here

A Guideline on the use of Parenteral Nutrition in Neonatal and Paediatric Unit has been developed and available is available to read or download.

The Programme has also developed a number of algorithms for use in clinical care settings:


Anorectal Malformations

Antenatally Detected Renal Anomalies

Apnoea of prematurity.pdf (size 244.2 KB)

Brachial Plexus Injury

Congenital Chylothorax

Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformations

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

CMV Cytomegalovirus and Audiology.pdf (size 278.4 KB)


Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip

Fluid and Electrolyte Management of ELBW Infants


Hyperkalaemia.pdf (size 282.4 KB)

Infant Born Through Meconium Stained

Management of Hypernatraemic Dehydration

Mangement of Supraventricular Tachycardia

Management of Torticollis – Head Tilt – Sternomastoid Tumour and Plagiocephaly

Managing Newborn Ileostomies

Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC)

Neonatal Thrombocytopenia

Omphalocele – Exomphalos

Phototherapy Treatment and Exchange Transfusion for Severe Hyperbilirubinaemia

Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborn Congenital Heart Disease

Surfactant Administration in Preterm Infants

Term Infant with Neonatal Jaundice on the Postnatal Ward

Trache-oesophageal Fistula

Transient Tachypnoea of the Newborn

Undescended Testis


Acute Bronchiolitis

Acute Gastroenteritis

Acute Otitis Media

Allergic Rhinitis

Atopic Eczema

Bow Legs – Knock Knees – In-toeing

Childhood Asthma

Childhood Pneumonia

Colic in Infancy

Constipation – Retentive Soiling

Fever in Young Children

Fits, Faints and Funny Turns

Gastrooesophageal Reflux

Headaches in Childhood

Management of Tongue Tie in Early Infancy

Nocturnal Enuresis

Six Week Check

The Child with a Heart Murmur

The Hyperactive Child

The Limping Child

The Overweight / Obese Child

The Short Child

Urinary Tract Infection

The National Neonatal Transport Programme have published guidelines on therapeutic cooling that are available here:

Further information on the National Neonatal Transport Programme is available at

PICANet is an international audit of paediatric intensive care which collects data on all children admitted to paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) in the UK and Ireland.  See for more information.

The Programme, in conjunction with the Paediatric Patient Reference Group and the National Advocacy Unit, HSE is also developing a patient charter.  The charter describes ten key principles in relation to the provision of healthcare for children and young people in Ireland.  It aims to ensure that children and young people receive high quality healthcare which is both appropriate to their needs and circumstances and acceptable to them and their families.  The patient charter is currently being finalised after an extensive consultation process, and will be launched shortly.

The Programme newsletter from April 2015 can be found here.

Comments and feedback on all Programme resources are welcome, please submit to the Programme managers and