Director: Professor R. Greene
The mission of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) is to collaborate with the Irish maternity services in order to translate clinical audit data and epidemiological evidence into improved maternity care for families in Ireland. The establishment of the Centre was announced in Dáil Eireann on 8th March 2006 by the then Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., on foot of recommendations in the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry Report.
The NPEC undertakes two annual national clinical audits of the maternity services: perinatal mortality and severe maternal morbidity, as well as contributing to a national audit of the home births service in Ireland. The Centre also investigates pertinent research topics in maternal and perinatal health, including pregnancy loss; models of maternity care; the impact of Caesarean section in subsequent pregnancies; as well as a large population based cohort study, entitled Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).
In addition, the NPEC supports the Maternal Death Enquiry (MDE) Ireland, which investigates cases of maternal mortality. It also holds the license for membership of the Vermont Oxford Network in the Republic of Ireland, a collaboration of healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the medical care of newborn infants. Additionally, it hosts an annual study day, which has proved to be a successful educational event for professionals working in the maternity services.
The NPEC continues to prosper amongst the good will granted to it by the many midwives, obstetricians, academics, neonatologists and administrators who support and collaborate with the Centre; and similarly, the patients who agree to participate in its large cohort research studies. The NPEC fully intends to continue its commitment to improving the maternity services for women and babies in Ireland.
To find out more visit the NPEC website http://www.ucc.ie/en/npec/