Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care

The model of care proposed in this draft policy is one that offers the individual, family and community a range of choices. This will be facilitated through the re-organisation of the existing nursing and midwifery workforce in the community to provide a proactive rather than reactive model of care.

To inform the development of this policy, the Department is interested in receiving the views of nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals in relation to this draft policy. The consultation process will run from 27 March 2017 until 28 April 2017.

Consultation Paper: Development of a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care

Please submit your comments and observations on this draft policy via survey monkey

Your comments and observations should address the following:

  1. How will these actions benefit:
    • The patient
    • The services, and
    • Nursing and Midwifery practice?
  2. What supports need to be in place to assist the implementation of Actions 1 A-E as outlined in recommendation 1 of the draft policy?
  3. What other areas may need to be explored to enable the provision of a first point of nursing and midwifery contact as near to the home as possible?
  4. How do these actions align with compliance to national patient safety and quality standards?
  5. What are the beneficial changes of the proposed governance arrangements for:
    • Patient needs and outcomes,
    • Service delivery, and
    • Nursing and midwifery practice.
  6. What are the challenges of the proposed governance arrangements offered?
  7. What other options can be proposed to support the governance arrangements required?
  8. How will the interdisciplinary approach proposed in this policy affect patients/staff within public, private and voluntary service provision of care?
  9. How will this policy impact on current working relationships?
  10. Please highlight any other enablers or barriers.
  11. What will the success of this policy look like?
  12. From your experience, what would enhance this policy’s ability to achieve the core objectives of hospital avoidance, early discharge, improving patient flow and improving patient access?
  13. What service level changes are required to achieve this?

The consultation will remain open until 28 April 2017. Any queries within the consultation period should be submitted by email to

Freedom of Information

All submissions received by the Department are subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2014 and may be released in response to an FOI request.