Press Release

Minister Harris acknowledges the invaluable contribution made by nurses and midwives to the health system and their positive impact on patients at the launch of the Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing and Midwifery

The Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing and Midwifery was launched in the Department of Health today.

The purpose of the Framework is to:

  1. set out the policy context for the development and use of nursing and midwifery performance indicators (PIs) to demonstrate the relationship between inputs and outcomes/impact;
  2. provide guidance on PIs including clarifying the relationship between Structure, Process, and Outcome PIs; and
  3. ensure that there is a standardised approach to their development, prioritisation, endorsement, implementation, and monitoring.

Minister Harris emphasised that “Performance indicators are, first and foremost, about improvement. Indeed, the evidence review that informed the development of the framework concluded that there is already a desire among nurses and midwives to measure and improve performance”.

The Framework consists of two parts: the first part deals with the minimum data set (MDS) for the nursing and midwifery workforce and the second part deals with performance indicators. Currently, there is limited available data on the nursing and midwifery workforce to inform workforce planning, service planning, recruitment and retention, training and development, and disaster and emergency planning. Therefore, the first priority action from this framework is the development of a MDS for the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Minister Harris concluded by acknowledging the compassion, care and commitment shown by nurses and midwives every day across the health services. He added that “the introduction of both national and, indeed, local level performance indicators will serve to highlight your invaluable contribution to the health system and your positive impact on patients”.

Framework for National Performance Indicators for Nursing & Midwifery