New Model of Care for Neurology is launched - Press Release September 2016

The new model of care for neurological services in Ireland was launched today by Tony O’Brien, Director General, HSE in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.  Mr O’Brien was joined by Dr Aine Carroll, HSE National Director for Clinical Programs, a number of patients, past and present, who have suffered from neurological conditions and Prof Tim Lynch, Consultant Neurologist and clinical lead in the National Clinical Programme for Neurology, at the publication of a new “Model of Care for the National Clinical Programme of Neurology”.  

Future set up of acute and chronic neurological services in Ireland

The model of care, written by Prof Tim Lynch, maps out the future set up of acute and chronic neurological services in Ireland. The model outlines that such services will be delivered in an efficient, equitable and cost effective manner by supported, skilled, professionals working in a multidisciplinary manner using a person-centred approach to care.

Over 700,000 people in Ireland have a neurological illness which accounts for one in five acute medical admissions, with one in eight patient attendances to a general practitioner.  Many of these brain, spinal, nerve and muscle disorders are increasingly treatable but access to diagnosis and treatment in Ireland presents a challenge. The HSE, working in close partnership with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, have launched the new Model of Care for  Neurological  Services in Ireland which was  developed by the many  professional groups working with patient support groups. 

Tony O’Brien, HSE Director General said, “this model of care for neurology is a blueprint for the future set up of both acute and chronic neurological care services for Ireland.  In agreeing this Model of Care for Neurology in the Irish health services, the National Clinical Programme has focused on where we can take concerted and specific actions, at all levels of the health service, to improve the management of neurology diseases. The plan supports us to capitalise on our influence, our governance and decision-making, and our powerful workforce, to improve care for persons living with neurological conditions.”

Patients with neurological conditions need access to services from  all areas of the health service - acute hospitals, mental health, social care, primary care and health and wellbeing via an integrated approach. The National Clinical Programme for Neurology aims to provide equitable access to a high quality  service to provide accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and management for all neurological conditions. We aim for  excellence in neurology care and the best outcome for our patients.


The Model of Care for Neurology provides a framework for neurology services using international best practice and describes care provision using an integrated service approach. It covers the full spectrum of care provided in hospitals (in-patient & out-patient) and  makes specific recommendations to the  type of care  considered best practice in the management of patients  with long term neurological conditions in the community.

“Integrated care is an approach characterised by a high degree of collaboration and communication among health care professionals and the people they care for. The model of care for Neurology, which is being launched today, reflects the principles of integrated care, with doctors, nurses, health & social care professions, patients, families and patient organisations working together in a collaborative way to improve the patient journey for those with neurological conditions. I want to thank the National Clinical Programme for Neurology for leading on this excellent piece of work”, said Dr Aine Carroll, HSE National Director for Clinical Programs.

Prof Tim Lynch, National Clinical Lead for Neurology said, “The brain is the most important organ of the body and we need to encourage understanding and approaches to brain health in Ireland. This model of care is intended to ensure we provide excellent care for patients with neurological illness and also to stimulate teaching of and research into clinical neurology. There is no medicine like hope. We hope we will give hope to people with neurological illness with the publication and implementation of this model of care.”

Click here to download the Model of Care. 

Last updated on: 27 / 09 / 2016