The Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division is focused on bringing clinical leadership to the heart of the decision-making process with the ultimate aim of improving quality, access and value of healthcare in the country. The National Clinical Programmes (NCPs) and their supporting initiatives have been one of the most significant, positive developments in the Irish health service. They have changed, and continue to change, how care is delivered using evidence-based approaches to system reform.
The NCPs have provided a foundation of valuable learning of the need to maintain and enhance clinical leadership and develop clinical pathways that are truly patient-centred. To this end, the NCPs are being restructured into integrated care programmes.
The Integrated Care Programmes are focused on older persons, prevention and management of chronic disease, patient flow and children’s health. Their goal is to ensure that the health service is able to provide person-centred, coordinated care to all its users.
- Dr Áine Carroll, National Director for Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division