Clinical Director Programme

Driver 1 Leadership for Quality

The Clinical Director programme sits within the national Quality Improvement Division and is designed to support Clinical Directors in their role and also to support the development of the Clinical Directorate model in hospital group and community health organisational structures.

The introduction of the clinical directorate model, incorporating the appointment of Clinical Directors with formal authority to lead, is one of the most significant changes to occur in the Irish Healthcare Service for many years. It represents an unprecedented opportunity for change and improvement in the way health services are delivered through clinical leadership. Click here to ready the underpinning principles and framework document provides further details which you can read.

Since the establishment of the Consultant Contract in 2008 Clinical Directors have made significant contributions to the development of the health services. Clinical Directors were appointed to each of the acute hospitals and Executive Clinical Directors were appointed to the mental health services. You will find details of the role of the Clinical Directors outlined in the job specification below:

The National CD programme is led by Dr. Julie McCarthy, National Clinical Lead and Ms. Angela Hughes, Programme Manager. The programme provides education and training opportunities for Clinical Directors and their multidisciplinary teams through a series of masterclasses and workshops with international leadership and quality experts, national best practice project developments and current topical presentations. You can find dates for upcoming masterclasses and workshops HERE and presentations from previous classes:

Dates for Masterclasses

  • coming here


Change Hub

  • HSE Change Management Resources, including the on-line resource – HSE Change Hub (Requires login or registration with HSEland)

The National Clinical Programme, Quality Improvement Division also works in collaboration with the National Doctors Training and Planning Unit to provide a Lead NCHD Programme to improve NCHD recruitment and retention in the Irish public health system. Its introduction was welcomed by the Strategic Review of Medical Training and Career Structure (‘MacCraith Report’) which was established in 2013 by the Minister for Health and chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith to address the challenge of doctor recruitment and retention. The ‘MacCraith Report’ recommended that structured communication arrangements should be established for trainees, including engaging trainees in solutions for patient care. The report recognised the Lead NCHD initiative as having the potential to assist with these communication arrangements. 

Click here for more about the lead NCHD initiative