Clinical effectiveness is a key component of patient safety. The integration of best evidence in service provision, through clinical effectiveness processes, promotes healthcare that is up to date, effective and consistent.
Clinical effectiveness processes include guidelines, audit and practice guidance.
The Clinical Guideline Methodology Subgroup is chaired by Prof Declan Devane and facilitated by Ms Pauline Dempsey of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit.
to see its Terms of Reference and Membership.
Education and Training Subgroup
The NCEC subgroup on Education and Training is chaired by Professor Dermot Malone and facilitated by Dr Niamh O’Rourke of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit.
Its Terms of Reference and Membership can be viewed here.
A report of teaching Evidence Based Practice was commissioned by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit on the advice of the NCEC Education and Training Subgroup. The full report
and a summary of the report
A report on the development of a Competency Framework for Clinical Effectiveness was commissioned by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit. The full report
and a summary of the report
National Clinical Guidelines are systematically developed statements, based on a thorough evaluation of the evidence, to assist practitioner and service users’ decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances across the entire clinical system.
The aim of National Clinical Guidelines is to provide guidance and standards for improving the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of healthcare in Ireland.
The National Clinical Guideline’s in development list 2022 is currently being updated and will be uploaded shortly.
Public Involvement in Clinical Effectiveness Processes strengthens public participation in healthcare decision-making and brings public knowledge and experience to these processes.
Clinical Effectiveness Processes include the development of National Clinical Guidelines (developing good standards) and National Clinical Audits (developing strong review practices) to drive improvements in healthcare outcomes.
Recommendation 19 of the HSE Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise Perinatal Deaths
stated that “the NCEC should develop standards for clinical practice guidance”. This is to ensure consistency of approach and utilisation of appropriate methodology to develop clinical practice guidance nationally.
The NCEC Standards for Clinical Practice Guidance were launched in November 2015 and are available here.
The standards were developed by the NCEC, informed by a systematic literature review, advice from an Expert Advisory Group and feedback from a public consultation process.
The objectives are to:
publish standards which will provide a standardised nomenclature and methodology for the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidance nationally
ensure consistency of approach and minimise duplication in clinical practice guidance
The systematic literature review is available here
and the public consultation report on the Draft Clinical Practice Guidance Standards is available here.