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Nurse and Midwife Referral for Radiological Procedures (ONMSD)

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) supports the national implementation of nurse referral for radiological procedures in Ireland. This is an expanded role for registered nurses following successful completion of a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) approved education programme.

The policy introducing nurse referral of ionising radiation originated in 2007 in the Department of Health and Children, to improve patient. The current legislation Statutory Instruments (S.I.) No. 256 of 2018, with amendments provides the definition of ‘referrers’, which includes registered nurses and registered midwives on the register maintained by NMBI. In practice this legislation authorises a registered nurse and a registered midwife to refer an individual (patient/service user) to a practitioner for a radiological procedure.

Nurse and midwife referral practice is underpinned by Irish legislation and associated regulation through the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and professional regulation through the NMBI. Under S.I. No. 256 of 2018, HIQA is the competent authority for medical ionising radiation procedures with responsibility for inspecting and enforcing these regulations. The HSE has developed governance guidance for nurse / midwife referral outlined in the HSE National Nurse and Midwife Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures Guideline (2021) which reflects the legislative, regulatory and professional requirements.

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Programme sponsorship

Funding is available for registered nurses who wish to apply to undertake the standalone nurse and midwife referral for radiological procedures education programme to expand their scope of practice. This funding is available to registered nurses employed by the HSE and HSE funded agencies (Section 38) who meet the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) entry criteria.

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Sponsorship for the Nurse and Midwife Referral for Radiological Procedures Programme

Registration on the National Database of Nurse and Midwife Referrers for Radiological Procedures

All registered nurses employed by the HSE and HSE funded agencies (Section 38) who have successfully completed a nurse and midwife referrers for radiological procedures education programme must register on the “HSE National Database of Nurse and Midwife Referrers for Radiological Procedures” The National Database tracks referral activity across HSE facilities.

The Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Director of Services on behalf of the health service provider requests the registered nurse referrer to be entered onto the HSE National Database (see related documents below) and then give written authorisation to the registered nurse to commence referring for radiological procedures.

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Clinical Audit

Clinical audit of the nurse referral for radiological procedures practice is essential to support best practice in the delivery and evaluation of their practice and in implementing improvements based on the findings.

Toolkits to support Clinical Audit

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The ONMSD in collaboration with the National Nurse Referral Advisory Committee plans and provides an annual CPD event.

CDP Day 2024 Programme Save the Date - 27 June (PDF, size 749 KB, 1 page)

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Contact

Dr Maureen Flynn, National Lead for Nurse Referral for Radiological Procedures (interim), ONMSD.
Email: maureena.flynn@hse.ie
Mobile: 087 931 7014