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Consortium of Centres of Nursing and Midwifery Education (CCNME)

About Us

The CCNME is a collaboration of the Health Service Executive Centre’s for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Section 38 Voluntary Centre’s of Nurse Education and Centres of Learning and Development. The purpose of the Consortium is to work to achieve validated Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) programmes of education. The programmes range from level 5 to level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and allow for professional development for registered nurses and registered midwives. In addition, the CCNMEs are committed to supporting and advancing the nursing and midwifery function through the formal education of healthcare assistants and the promotion of their integration to the healthcare team. (external website) national framework of qualifications (external website)

Mission Statement of CCNME

The development of the mission statement for the CCNME is informed by the mission statements of the HSE, and the professional regulatory body, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) with person-centred, patient safety, protection of the public, practitioner competence and evidence-based practice as central concepts. The CCNME adopted the following mission statement:

The CCNME are committed to the pursuit of excellence in the provision of accessible programmes of education for registered nurses and registered midwives, to support the ongoing maintenance of their competence and to promote the delivery of safe, evidence based person-centred care. In addition, the CCNME is committed to supporting and advancing the nursing and midwifery function through the formal education of healthcare assistants and the promotion of their integration to the healthcare team. (external website)

Scope of Provision

The primary focus of the CCNME is to work collaboratively for QQI accreditation purposes to address the continuing education and professional development needs of registered nurses, registered midwives, healthcare assistants and those who support the nursing and midwifery function. The NMBI through the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework (2015), requires each registered nurse and registered midwife to develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice. Engaging in continuing professional development (CPD) is seen as essential in order for the nurse or midwife to acquire the new knowledge and competence to enable them to practice effectively in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

To meet the demand for CPD and expansion and extension of the Nursing and Midwifery Roles, the CCNME will seek validation for a broad range of HET Special Purpose Award programmes for registered nurses and registered midwives at Level 8 on the NFQ. New programmes will be based on identified service needs, organisational objectives and/or in response to an emerging service priority within all service areas.

The CCNME play a pivotal role in the education and training of healthcare assistants, who support the nursing and midwifery function, through the provision of the QQI FET Level 5 Major award in Health Service Skills. Scope of Nursing Midwifery Practice Framework.pdf (external website)

Strategic Priorities and Values

The educational governance framework seeks to ensure that educational services are fully aligned with organisational values and strategic priorities.


The following values for Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland as set out in the current HSE Corporate Plan, Department of Health Office of the Chief Nursing Officer, and the ONMSD Strategic Plan will guide the CCNME in all its activities and interactions, underpinned by the following fundamental values:


  • Provide education that is evidenced based and of the highest quality.
  • Listen to the views and opinions of services and learners and consider them in the planning and delivering of education.


  • Show respect, kindness, consideration and empathy in our communication and interaction with people.
  • Be courteous and open in our communication with people and recognise their fundamental worth.
  • Provide education with commitment, dignity and demonstrate professionalism at all times.


  • Possess professional courage and a commitment to lifelong learning that is demonstrated by intellectual engagement.
  • Have a work ethic that is underpinned by a passion and drive for professionalism to develop self and support teams with diligence and resilience.


  • Provide education in which people have trust and confidence.
  • Be open and transparent in how we provide education.
  • Show honesty, integrity, consistency, transparency and accountability in decisions and actions.


  • Foster learning, innovation and creativity.
  • Support and encourage our workforce to achieve their full potential.
  • Acknowledge when something is wrong, apologise for it, take corrective action and learn from it.
  • Try to live our values every day and will continue to develop them over the course of this plan.