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About the Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology

The National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology was established in 2011 as a joint clinical initiative between the HSE and the Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI. 


Objectives of the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology

The objectives of the Programme are focused on the areas of quality, access and value.


  • Ensure high quality standards of care are provided in all paediatric and neonatal units nationally through the development of a model of care for paediatrics and neonatology
  • Implement a national Paediatric Early Warning Score
  • Develop guidelines and algorithms to help standardise clinical care nationally


  • Extend the National Neonatal Transport Programme to a 24/7 service, and implement an efficient retrotransfer programme
  • Introduce a dedicated paediatric emergency transport service
  • Ensure all infants have rapid and equal access to neonatal intensive care and surgical treatment irrespective of geographical location
  • Reduce outpatient appointment wait times
  • Ensure access to insulin pump therapy for all children under 5 with type 1 diabetes


  • Eliminate duplication and fragmentation in the provision of specialist newborn intensive care services
  • Ensure all care is provided in the right setting, by the most appropriate clinician
  • Maintain child health through appropriate preventative initiatives: Screening, Nutrition and Immunisation.
  • Reduce HbA1c levels in children and adolescents with diabetes, thereby reducing long-term complications and adult healthcare utilisation
Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division