Lead NCHD Initiative

The Lead NCHD initiative is one of a range of initiatives taken at national level to improve NCHD recruitment and retention in the Irish public health system.

The role is a recommendation from the MacCraith Report, and, while still developing, is a critical to two way communication between NCHDs and the management structures in hospitals around the country, which benefits NCHDs and patients.

National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) in collaboration with the National Clinical Director Programme and the Quality Improvement Division (QID) implemented pilot Lead NCHD roles in five acute hospitals within the public health service for the period 2013/2014. Following a review of the pilot programme the Lead NCHD Initiative was rolled out nationally in 2014/2015, and was extended further in 2017 with Leads in 32 acute hospitals and 7 mental health areas. Pilot programmes in General Practice and Public Health are were launched in November 2017.

The Lead programme from July 2019 will expand on this to include one Mental Health Lead per CHO and one Lead for Public Health. The pilot programme for General Practice will be expanded and evaluated to ensure adequate representation for trainees in General Practice

The supports provided by NDTP-HSE to Lead NCHDs includes Lead NCHD workshops, joint clinical Director Lead NCHD workshops, funded postgraduate certificate in Management in Healthcare, seed funding for NCHD led quality improvement initiatives and support from National Lead/NDTP Fellow.

For further information please contact current National Lead Dr Caroline Herron at nl.nchd@hse.ie