Press Release

Clinical Guidelines Submissions Sought

The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) is seeking submissions of clinical guidelines from any interested group for consideration to become part of the national suite of clinical guidelines.

Clinical guidelines are systematically developed statements, based on a thorough evaluation of the evidence, to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances, across the entire clinical spectrum.

National clinical guidelines are required to provide explicit and transparent guidance and standards for the delivery of safe, high quality and cost-effective care.  The National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare (HIQA 2012) and licensing of healthcare facilities will require evidence of adherence to NCEC guidelines.

The national suite of clinical guidelines will supersede all previous guidelines on the topic and will be utilized across the public and private system in Ireland.

In order to ensure that the national suite of clinical guidelines address health care priorities and are based on the highest level of evidence the NCEC will prioritise, appraise and make recommendations to the Minister for Health to endorse clinical guidelines.

It is recognised that the NCEC, and the health system as a whole, is likely to be able to effectively implement and monitor only a small number of new national clinical guidelines each year.  Not all clinical guidelines need to be submitted for national endorsement and guideline development groups should continue to develop clinical guidelines in response to the needs of their own organisations. However, once a national clinical guideline is endorsed it will supersede any other guidelines on that topic.

The deadline for submission of clinical guidelines in 2013 is 5pm March 5th.

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