BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice Now Available Nationally

The National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHLKS) are delighted to be making BMJ’s decision support tool BMJ Best Practice available to healthcare professionals and patients across the Republic of Ireland.

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BMJ Best Practice provides healthcare professionals with quick, easy access to the latest information and evidence for diagnosis and treatment decisions. Its content is updated daily and draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

This development provides doctors, nurses, paramedics and community care professionals with guidance on the most common medical conditions to improve knowledge and support delivery of the very best care to patients.

Access is automatically enabled via the national IP. BMJ Best Practice can also be accessed anytime via the mobile responsive website or the app.
Paul Reid, Director General of HSE said: “This clinical resource gives Irish health professionals immediate access to the latest clinical evidence and diagnostic tools, no matter where they are based. It will have a very significant impact on patient care.”

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HRB Policy on Management & Sharing of Research Data

The Health Research Board have recently published a policy which will apply to any research completely or partly funded by the HRB. This policy is intended to promote the responsible management and sharing of research data, and the software and materials that underpin its use, with as few restrictions as possible to maximise its value for research and for patient and public benefit. It will require a data management plan supplemental to grant approvals. Full-text available Click HERE

National Transfer Document: for use when an older person is being transferred from residential to acute care settings


Coffey, A., O’Reilly, P., Meskell, P., Tuohy, D., O’Brien, B., Murphy, J., Doody, O., Graham, M., Fahy, A., Barry, L., O’Keeffe, J., Kiely, M., O’Doherty, J., Hoey, C. and Lang, D. (2019) The development of a national transfer document for use when an older person is being transferred from residential to acute settings. Dublin: Health Service Executive. Full-text available: CLICK HERE

The work plan was divided into five parts, which are outlined as follows:

Chapter One: Reports on the results of an Integrative Literature Review conducted to identify national and international research, which focused on communication and/or handover documents used in the transfer of an older person from residential care facilities to acute care services.

Chapter Two: This chapter reports on findings of the focus group study conducted with stakeholders to gain their perspectives on the design and content a national transfer document.

Chapter Three: This chapter reports the stages of development of the transfer document informed by the integration of findings from the literature review, data from the focus group study and consultation with expert advisory group.

Chapter 4: This chapter outlines the methodology and reports on findings of the pilot study to test feasibility and usability of the new transfer document.

Chapter 5: The national transfer document is presented and the report is concluded with recommendations for next steps.

Older People’s Preferences of Outdoor Spaces for Walking: A Survey Study in Ireland.

The title of this article is “Cognitive and Sensory Dimensions of Older People’s Preferences of Outdoor Spaces for Walking: A Survey Study in Ireland” , written by Marica Cassarino and colleagues in University College Cork. The study explores the cognitive and sensory dimensions of preferences of outdoor spaces for walking.  Full-text is available Click HERE


Being “Mindful” of Dignity in Dying

This article by Padraig Cotter et al from the Psycho-Oncology Department, St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network won the Social Category in the HSE Open Access Research Awards 2019.

“Experiencing a sense of dignity when nearing end-of-life has been shown to be very

important. There are many things that hospice and palliative nurses can do to

support dignified endings-to-life. This paper explores the different aspects of this

process from both the perspective of the person dying and in particular the

individual in the caring role.”  Full-text available Click HERE


National Quality Improvement Toolkit

The National QI Team developed the QI toolkit as a resource to support people working on QI projects and initiatives in any health care setting.

National QI Team Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021 Click HERE

National QI Toolkit: An Introduction

  • National QI Tool 1. Project on a page (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 2. Stakeholder map (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 3. Aim statement and driver diagram (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 4. Project charter (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 5. Communications plan and actions (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 6. Effective team meetings (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 7. Process mapping  (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 8. Cause and effect fishbone diagram (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 9. 5 Whys – finding the root cause (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 10. Measurement plan (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 11. Run chart (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 12. Plan, do, study, act (PDSA) cycle template (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 13. Progress story board template (pdf)  (word)
  • National QI Tool 14. Coaching template (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 15. After action review (AAR) (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 16. Project checklist (pdf) (word)
  • National QI Tool 0. Capturing Patient and Staff Perspectives (pdf) (word)


National Clinical Programme for Respiratory End to End COPD Model of Care


The HSE recently published National Clinical Programme for Respiratory End to End COPD Model of Care. This Model of Care for COPD has been developed by the National Clinical Programme for COPD in order to define the way health services for people with COPD are delivered. The document outlines the best practice integrated care and services for a person with, or at risk of developing, COPD as they progress through the stages of their condition. Specifically, the key aims of the Model are to:

prevent or delay the onset of COPD

improve the delivery of care to people with COPD across all levels of care

save the lives of people with COPD

Full-text is available Click HERE



Public health approach to dying, death and bereavement

IHF PublicHealthApproachDying,Death&Bereavement

This is a discussion paper discussing the “Public Approach to Death, Dying and Bereavement”  published by the Irish Hospice Foundation in December 2019. It discusses what a public health approach to palliative care is and why it is needed, along with aspects of a model, policy context in Ireland and possible future directions for such an approach. Click HERE


Action Plan for Health Research

The Action Plan for Health Research 2019- 2029 was launched by the CEO of the HSE in December 2019. According to Paul Reid CEO “Health research is a critical but often underestimated enabler of health service delivery” . The plan aims to 1) Implement research governance 2) Develop research support, management and infrastructure 3) Build research capacity 4) Research Impact 5) Public and patient involvement 6) Collaboration

Full is available Click HERE