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The National Clinical Guideline

On Monday 18th February 2013 the Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly launched an important new patient safety initiative - the first National Clinical Guideline - the National Early Warning Score for Ireland. National Clinical Guidelines will help to further improve the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of healthcare across Ireland. The National Guideline was recommended for endorsement to the Minister by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee. 

National Clinical Guideline No. 1 National Early Warning Score
Published February 2013
Update August 2014 : Practical guidance inserted following Recommendations 8, 16, 45.
Appendix 3 updated National Patient Observation Chart.

National Clinical Guideline No 1 National Early Warning Score (Summary)
Published Febuary 2013
Update August 2014 : Practical guidance inserted following Recommendations 8, 16, 45.

Both of these documents are available here.

The Department of Health National Patient Safety Office/National Clinical Effectiveness Committee require updating of ministerially endorsed national clinical guidelines on a three yearly basis. Revision of the National Early Warning System (NEWS) National Clinical Guideline No. 1 (NEWS NCG No.1) is currently underway. A multi-disciplinary group from across the country meet monthly to progress this work. Three patient representatives participate on the group. HRB CICER (Health Research Board- Collaboration in Ireland for Clinical Effectiveness Reviews) is conducting the systematic literature review to underpin guideline revision. Guideline revision is expected to be completed by year end 2019. 

Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division