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Sponsorship of Nurse & Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programme

Funding is available for registered nurses and registered midwives who wish to apply to undertake a Certificate in Nursing/Professional Diploma Nurse and Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing education programme.

This funding is available to registered nurses and registered midwives employed by the HSE and HSE funded agencies (Section 38) and registered nurses employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) who meet the entry criteria.

The nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing education programme is provided by a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The education programme meets the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) requirements and standards for Prescriptive Authority for Nurses and Midwives Standards and Requirements ( (NMBI, 2015).

You can see start dates for September 2024 and January 2025 education programme on the 2024 / 2025 Nurse and Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programmes Flyer (PDF, size 494 KB, 1 page).

Who can apply?

To apply for funding 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 registered nurse or registered midwife in the HSE or a HSE funded agency (Section 38) or a registered nurse employed by the IPS
  • have support from your employer to undertake the programme
  • nominate and confirm a designated medical practitioner or mentor

How to apply for funding

In order to secure programme funding applicants will be required to fully complete an electronic “Funding Application Form for Nurse and Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programme”. The application form must be downloaded to your computer or device to enable completion and submission and is available at:

Funding Application Form Nurse and Midwife Medicinal Product Prescribing Education Programme (PDF, size 601 KB, 4 pages)

Applicants must complete all sections of this form in consultation with the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health Nursing/Service Manager/Designate.

Please note: to secure funding for the education programme the completed electronic funding application form must be submitted prior to the application closing date for the relevant HEI. Incomplete funding application forms will not be accepted.

See the following application guidelines for more information:

Application Guidelines for Education Programmes Fifth Edition April 2024 (PDF, size 545 KB, 7 pages)

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 Programme Flyer see above.

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

Should you have queries regarding funding please email:


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: 094 904 2067 or 087 747 9260