Press Release

Report of the Expert Group on Midwifery and Children’s Nursing Education

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children today (27 May 05) welcomed the publication of the Report of the Expert Group on Midwifery and Children’s Nursing Education.

The Group was established in September, 2004 because of concerns about the current system of education to provide an adequate supply of midwives and children’s nurses to respond to existing and future needs within a changing health service. At present, the only route to midwifery and children’s nursing is through a postgraduate programme (of 2 years and 18 months respectively), which means it can take approximately 7 or 8 years to produce either.

The main thrust of the report is the recommendation of the introduction of a 4 year undergraduate midwifery degree programme (140 places per annum) and a 4 ½ year integrated children’s /general nursing degree programme (110 places per annum).

“It is my wish that both new programmes would commence in autumn 2006 and I will work towards achieving this as part of the 2006 Estimates process. The publication of this report reflects my Department’s commitment to driving innovative changes which can contribute to building world class midwifery and children’s nursing services in Ireland. The introduction of these new programmes will put midwifery and childrens nursing education on a par with the education of general, psychiatric and intellectual disability nurses” said Ms Harney.

View the Report of the Expert Group on Midwifery and Children’s Nursing Education here