Programme Progress

The Emergency Medicine Programme Strategy was launched in 2012 outlining the future direction and requirement for Emergency Care Networks in Ireland.

A large number of guidelines and pathways have been developed by the Programme to standardise care and processes across hospitals.

Some of the guidelines produced include:

  • Irish Children’s Triage System
  • Patient Visiting Protocol
  • Infection Control Algorithm
  • Pain Management Guidelines
  • Protocol for the administration of Paracetamol at Triage in EDs 
  • Manchester Triage Rollout and Audit Tool
  • Guidance for the Recovery of Emergency medicine Services Following a Hospital Major Emergency
  • ED best practice guides

The Programme has mapped out current capacity and identified gaps in service at a variety of levels including:

  • Emergency Care Network definition
  • Nursing Workforce Planning
  • ED Cubicle Assessment
  • ED Workforce Survey
  • Medical Workforce Planning in conjunction with HSE National Doctors Training and Planning
  • IU Staffing Model
  • ANP Development Plan and Model
  • Nursing Role Profiles
  • Governance in ED
  • CDU Model

The Programme links with a number of other NCPs to develop relevant tools to the Emergency Department.

  • Post Triage Mental Health Triage Tool
  • Mental Health Transport Protocol
  • Pathway for the Early Identification and Initial Management of Delirium
  • Ambulance Handover Protocol (IMIST-AMBO)

A training course for Clinical Microsystems for EDs in Ireland was rolled out in 2013 & 2014. This use of this system improves efficiency, enhances team performance and improves quality of care. The recruitment of a Clinical Microsystems Facilitator in 2016 is facilitating the re-invigoration of this work in EDs.

The work of the Emergency Medicine Programme is ongoing and the list of outputs is growing constantly. For latest updates and a repository of clinical guidelines, please visit

EMP Newsletter 2023 (PDF, size 1 MB, 8 pages)