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ONMSD and the National Emergency Medicine Programme

The nurse lead contribution to programme implementation is through:

  • progressing key initiatives developed by the National Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) and support on-going implementation recommendations set out in the Model of Care Report
  • developing the clinical practice of nurses working in emergency care
  • providing professional leadership to the nursing groups
  • collaborating with and advising the EMP on service design, delivery and development of emergency care
  • providing professional practice and career development opportunities for nurses in Emergency Departments and Injury Units
  • ensuring nursing involvement in the design and implementation of system improvements
  • undertaking site visits
  • working with Nurses and Health and Social Care Professionals to improve patient flow
  • liaising with other National Clinical Programmes to promote an integrated approach to emergency care
  • providing direction and guidance in relation to nursing workforce planning, and the development of specialist and advanced nursing practice
  • acting as an advisor on national policy development and implementation groups

Nurse Interest Groups

There are 5 nursing groups supporting the implementation of the EMP model of care. Contact Fiona McDaid for further details.

Emergency Nursing Interest Group – ENIG

Emergency Department (ED) Nurse Managers group, meetings are held every month by videoconference. The aim of this group is to seek and develop constructive critical opinion and expertise on a wide range of key nursing issues in relation to the delivery of quality, safe, timely and cost efficient care to patients attending EDs.

Injury Unit Group

Injury Unit (IU) Managers group, meetings are held every month by videoconference. The group aims to develop and promote the role of IUs in the emergency care system for a defined cohort of patients.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Forum

The Forum comprises all RANPs, ANP candidates and other ED nurses who are undertaking an education pathway towards registration as an ANP. The Forum has 3 main work streams;

  • Continuing Professional Development
  • ANP service activity/metrics/key performance indicators
  • Research and innovation

Clinical Skills Facilitator (CSF) Group

The CSF group comprises all CSF and Staff Support Nurses and meets monthly by videoconference twice a year. The group aims to support staff through standardising education (where possible) and the implementation of EMP clinical tools.

Triage Reference Group (TRG)

Members of the TRG are Manchester Triage System (MTS) and/or Irish Childrens’ Triage System (ICTS) instructors and a Consultant in Emergency Medicine. The role of the group is to manage/advise on issues that arise with the application of the triage systems in clinical practice.

Model of care

Related topic

National Emergency Medicine Programme Model of Care


A number of publications specific to nursing services and developments in nursing can be downloaded here:

A Guide to Enhance Advanced Nurse Practitioner Services across Emergency Care Networks in Ireland Update 2019 ( PDF, 748KB, 21 pages)

Emergency Department Nursing Workforce Planning Framework: A framework to assist standardisation of workforce planning approaches across Emergency Departments and the Emergency Care Networks in Ireland (PDF, 2.5MB, 210 pages)

Guidance document on staffing for Injury Units (IUs) (March 2019) ( PDF, 777KB, 18 pages)

Emergency Departments/Injury Units Education and Training Survey and Needs Analysis 2016 (PDF, 18,620KB, 440 pages)

Role Profiles for Nursing Staff Working in Emergency Care Settings in Ireland (Version 2 August 2018) (PDF, 542KB, 41 pages)

Clinical guidelines

Nationally approved Clinical Guidelines for the detection and management of the deteriorating patient in emergency departments can be

Related topics

Irish Children’s Triage System (PDF, 7578KB, 64 pages)

National Clinical Guideline No.18: Emergency Medicine Early Warning System (EMEWS Full Guideline)

National Clinical Guideline No. 18: Emergency Medicine Early Warning System (Summary & Annex)

National Clinical Guideline No. 18: Emergency Medicine Early Warning Score Annex


Nurse Lead, Fiona McDaid

Phone 086 412 2376