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Emergency Medicine Programme


The National Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) was instituted in July 2010 following intensive lobbying by IAEM. The HSE Director of Clinical Strategy & Programmes, Dr Barry White, had created a number of Clinical Programmes around Acute Access in the Health Service (Critical Care, Acute Medicine, Care of the Elderly and Acute Surgery) and IAEM successfully argued that the lack of a similar programme dealing with Emergency Medicine was a major deficit, particularly in light of the fact that the majority of Irish patients were admitted to hospital through the Emergency Department.

EMP Working Group


  • Mr Gerry McCarthy, National Clinical Lead
  • Mr Fergal Hickey
  • Dr Una Geary
  • Dr Gareth Quin
  • Mr Mark Doyle
  • Mr Conor Egleston
  • Dr. Emily O’Conor
  • Ms Val Small, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Representative
  • Ms Fiona McDaid, Nursing Co-Lead
  • Ms Susanna Byrne, Service Planner
  • Ms Rosie Quinn, Therapy Professionals Representative
  • Dr Cathal O’Donnell, Medical Director, National Ambulance Service
  • Ms Breda Naddy, Programme Manager
  • Ms Sinead Reilly, Programme Administrator

Launch of the EMP Report

The EMP’s National Report was launched by the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St Stephen’s Green on 19th June 2012.

The launch was addressed by Dr Una Geary, National Clinical Lead and chair of the EMP Working Group; Ms. Mary Forde, EMP Nursing co-lead, Dr Gareth Quin, Chair of ICEMT as one of the partners in the EMP process; Dr. Barry White, HSE Director of Clinical Strategies and Programmes and the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD.

Apart from representing a very significant body of work to inform those who might have a limited understanding of Emergency Medicine and the workings of Emergency Departments, the document sets out a national vision for how access, quality and cost may be improved in Irish EDs. It envisages the development of a National Emergency Care System (NECS), Emergency Care Networks (ECNs) and advises how EDs and other Emergency Care Units would fit into these. It categorises types of EDs, how they should be staffed and what are needed as supporting services.

All constituents of the NECS will provide care using a suite of clinical guidelines drawn up by the Academic Committee of IAEM on behalf of the EMP using robust methodology. Clinical Guidelines from other care programmes or from outside of Ireland will be subjected to this clearinghouse function before being introduced to the NECS.

EMP Publications

Since the publication of the EMP Report in June 2012, a suite of further EMP documents and reports have been published and disseminated throughout the Health Service as resources. These are available below:

Download: EMP Guide to Local Injury Unit (LIU) Staffing August 2013 and supporting Memo.

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