Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes

The Department of Health has completed a review of the undergraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes in order to establish their efficiency and effectiveness in preparing nurses and midwives to practice in the Irish healthcare system now and into the future. The undergraduate degree programmes have been in place since 2002 for nursing (general, psychiatric and intellectual disability nursing) and 2006 for midwifery and integrated children and general programmes. The Review Group held its first meeting on 23rd November, 2011 and signed off on the Report at its final meeting on 22nd October, 2012. The Review Group agreed 16 recommendations which provide strategic direction for reconfiguration and a refocus of the undergraduate education programmes to prepare nurses and midwives to practice now and in the future in line with the health reform agenda.

Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes (2012)

A monitoring group has been established by the Department to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes (2012). The monitoring group held its first meeting 16th May 2013. It will meet 6 monthly for 2 years and an interim report will issue at end of year 1.

Membership of Monitoring Group

Contact Details

Mr Patrick Clifford, Assistant Principal - Email: Patrick_Clifford@health.gov.ie


Further Information

Consultation Report (March 2012).

Briefing Paper (23rd February 2012)

Mongan D. and Farragher L. (2012) The Effectiveness of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes. Dublin: Health Research Board.

Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes - List of Submissions