National Clinical Guidelines in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


National Clinical Guidelines in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The national clinical guidelines are a programme of work agreed between the National Women and Infants Health Programme and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the Royal College Physicians Ireland. In March 2021, Professor Keelin O’Donoghue was appointed as the new Clinical Lead for Guideline Development (Maternity & Gynaecology).

Within the Guideline Programme Team (GPT), Professor O’Donoghue is responsible for the review, update and production of national clinical guidelines in relation to Maternity and Gynaecology services. Ms Nicolai Murphy was appointed as Programme Manager. Together they have set out an ambitious programme of work. A new guideline process has been developed; part of this process includes a multidisciplinary Expert Advisory Group (EAG), appointed at the offset to review guidelines prior to publication.

The following documents have been developed by the GPT and are approved for use by National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP) and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG):

National Clinical Guidelines (NWIHP and IOG, 2021-Present)

Commissioned Guideline (year commissioned)

  • Group B Strep in Pregnancy (2021)
  • Recurrent Miscarriage (2021)
  • Antenatal Corticosteroids in Pregnancy (2021)
  • Placenta Accreta Spectrum (2021)
  • Ultrasound - Anatomy Scan in Pregnancy (2021)
  • Diagnosis and Management  of Mesh Complications (2020)
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (2020)
  • Assessment and Management of Stress Urinary Incontinence (2020)
  • Induction of Labour (2021)
  • Investigation and Management of Late Fetal Intrauterine Death and Stillbirth (2021)
  • Investigation and Management of Postmenopausal Bleeding (2021)
  • Hyperemesis and Nausea/Vomiting in Pregnancy (2021)
  • Prevention and Management of Primary Postpartum Haemorrhage (2021)
  • Fetal Growth Restriction (2022)
  • Complications of Early Termination of Pregnancy (2022)
  • Ectopic Pregnancy (2022)
  • Vaginal Birth after C-Section (2022)
  • Rheumatic/Rheumatological Disease in Pregnancy (2022)
  • Hypertension in Pregnancy (2022)
  • Domestic Violence in Pregnancy (2022)
  • Endometriosis (2022)
  • Menopause (2022)

National Clinical Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010-2016

Previously, national clinical guidelines were developed through the National Clinical Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a joint initiative between HSE Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division. This programme was led by Professor Michael Turner of the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital from 2010-2016.

Guideline (year published)

Useful Links

National Clinical Effectiveness Committee; National Clinical Guidelines

The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) was established by the Minister for Health in September 2010. 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. Find out more >

National Cancer Control Programme

Cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, is a major healthcare challenge. The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) works with health service providers to prevent cancer, treat cancer, and increase survival and quality of life for those who develop cancer, by converting the knowledge gained through research, surveillance and outcome evaluation into strategies and actions. The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is developing national evidence-based clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of common cancers, through its Guideline Development Groups. Find out more >

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