National Clinical Effectiveness Committee's National Clinical Audit No.2

20 Apr 2022

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, welcomed the publication of a new National Clinical Effectiveness Audit which looks at obstetric and neonatal care in relation to perinatal mortality. It is the second audit to be quality assured by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) and becomes No. 2 in the NCEC suite of National Clinical Audits.

The NCEC provides leadership for clinical effectiveness in Ireland through prioritisation and quality assurance of National Clinical Audits and National Clinical Guidelines. To date, one other NCEC National Clinical Audit on Major Trauma has been endorsed. Extending, updating, and implementing the suite of NCEC audits remains a priority of national health policy.

Please feel free to view 4 videos recently recorded which describes the work of the NPEC through different lenses. 

1. Professor Richard Greene, Director of the NPEC

2. Edel Manning, Perinatal Mortality Audit Manager for the NPEC

3. Siobhan Whelan, the NPEC patient representative

4. Dr Gerry Fitzgerald , NCEC Chairman 

 The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said “I am pleased to endorse the second National Clinical Effectiveness Committee National Clinical


"This audit looks at obstetric and neonatal care in relation to perinatal mortality. It is implemented
across the health service to help support continuous improvement of services. Robust audit data
advances progress and understanding for providing safe, quality care for the women and babies who
use the obstetric and neonatal services."
The Minister congratulates the Audit Chair, the Audit Governance Committee and all who worked to
bring this audit to final publication today so that it is available for healthcare professionals delivering
patient care.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “I strongly support this latest National Clinical Audit,
which is critical in ensuring evidence-based practice and the provision of safe, high quality obstetric
and neonatal patient care. The development of this audit by a multi-disciplinary Audit Governance
Committee, led by Professor Richard Greene with the support of the National Perinatal Epidemiology
Centre and the National Office of Clinical Audit, and quality assured by the NCEC reflects
international best practice. This comprehensive, high-quality evidence based clinical audit supports
healthcare professionals caring for patients in this area”.

Ms Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer said: “Perinatal mortality is an important measurement of
the outcome of obstetric and neonatal care. The publication of this second NCEC quality assured
National Clinical Audit is welcomed to further support best practice care. I would like to
acknowledge the work of all involved to make this audit available to the midwives and doctors
working in maternity units, caring directly for women and their babies on a day-to-day basis”.

Please follow the link for documentation 

National Clinical Effectiveness Committee National Clinical Audit Perinatal Mortality


National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork