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Emergency Medicine Programme


The aim of the Emergency Medicine Programme (EMP) is to improve the safety and quality of patient care in emergency departments (EDs) and injury units (IU) to reduce waiting times for patients and keep care as close to home as possible.

The EMP is led by a multidisciplinary working group that includes consultants in emergency medicine, emergency nurses, representatives of pre-hospital care and the therapy professions. It is supported by the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training, the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, the HSCP Office  (Health and Social Care Professions) and Clinical Design and Innovation of the HSE.

EMP Working Group

  • Dr Gerry McCarthy, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, National Clinical Lead
  • Mary Flynn, National Programme Manager, National Emergency Medicine Programme
  • Breda Naddy, National Programme Manager, National Emergency Medicine Programme
  • Fiona McDaid, Clinical Nurse Manager 3, Emergency Department, Naas General Hospital, National Nurse Lead
  • Sinead Reilly, National Administrator and Project Support, National Emergency Medicine Programme
  • Prof Conor Deasy, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, President of IAEM
  • Mr Fergal Hickey, Emeritus Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Sligo University Hospital
  • Dr Carol Blackburn, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin
  • Dr Anna Moore, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
  • Rosie Quinn, Physiotherapist, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda (Therapy Professionals Representative)
  • Michelle Barlow, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore
  • Dr Jeffery Mulcaire, SpR in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital

The team can be contacted at emp@rcsi.ie or you can follow their progress on Twitter.

Launch of the EMP Report

The Emergency Medicine Report, published in 2012, aims to provide a greater understanding of the scope and purpose of Emergency Medicine and the delivery of care in Emergency Departments, be a resource for those charged with the development, management and delivery of Emergency Medicine, identify and disseminate current best practice in Emergency Medicine, make key recommendations for service improvement and quality measures and provide a framework for the long-term development of Emergency Medicine in Ireland.

EMP Publications and Resources

The full range of publications from the National Emergency Medicine Programme can be downloaded from their webpage on the RCSI website.  Further EMP resources are available via EMNow.


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