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Sponsorship of Nurse & Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programme

Sponsorship is available for nurses and midwives who want to apply to do a Certificate in Nursing/Professional Diploma (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing).

This is available to nurses and midwives employed by the voluntary and statutory services of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and nurses employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) who meet the entry criteria.

Nurse and midwives medicinal product prescribing education programmes are provided by many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The education programmes meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) requirements and standards for Prescriptive Authority for Nurses and Midwives Standards and Requirements (2015).

You can see start dates for September 2022 and January 2023 on the Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programme Flyer

Who can apply?

To apply for this sponsorship scheme you must:

  • be registered on the General, Psychiatric, Children’s, Intellectual Disability, Midwife or Public Health Nurse Divisions of the NMBI Register
  • have 3 years recent post-registration clinical experience in nursing or midwifery within the past 5 years with the equivalent of 1-year full time experience in the specific area of practice
  • have the competencies recognised at level 8 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications
  • demonstrate evidence of further education
  • have a competent level of computer literacy
  • be currently employed as a nurse or midwife in the voluntary and statutory services of the HSE or a nurse employed by the IPS
  • have support from your employer to undertake the programme
  • nominate and confirm a designated mentor (medical practitioner)

How to apply

As part of the HEI application process, you will need to download and complete the site declaration form available on the HEI website as part of the application form.

This form must be fully completed and signed by:

  • you
  • your director of nursing or midwifery or the service manager
  • your designated medical mentor

See page 2 of The Application Guidelines for the Education Programmes 2020 for more information.

Applicants can contact the programme coordinator in the HEI of interest for further information. Programme coordinator contact details are listed in the medicinal product prescribing education programmes flyer.

After you complete the programme

You will have to work for your employer/health service provider for at least 12 months or for the length of the academic programme undertaken, whichever is longer

Related topic

Sponsorship of Nursing/Midwifery Education Initiatives - 020/2014 HSE HR Circular

Related content

Application Guidelines for the Education Programmes Fourth Edition - 2020 (PDF, 1.3 MB, 6 pages)


Clare Mac Gabhann - National Lead and HSE South, Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Prescribing)
Administration Building
St Marys Health Campus
T23 X440

Phone: 021 492 1210 or 087 931 7025

Ruth Hoban - HSE West, Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Prescribing)
Centre of Nurse and Midwifery Education
St Marys Campus
Westport Road
Co Mayo
F23 XE39

Phone: 094 9042067 /087 747 9260

Maureen Nolan - HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster Medicinal Product Prescribing and Director of Nursing, National Lead for the Implementation and Audit of Nurse and Midwife Referral for Radiological Procedures
HSE Suite 5, First Floor
Vista Primary Care Centre
Ballymore Eustace Road
Co. Kildare

Phone: 086 601 2195

Eimear Rogers - HSE Dublin North East
Assistant Director of Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development
Office of the National Director Clinical Programme Implementation & Professional Development Mellifont Unit
St, Brigid’s Complex
Co. Louth

Phone: 087 0509277