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Medical Council and HSE Enhance Co-Operation on Medical Education and Training

24th January 2012: The Medical Council and the HSE Medical Education and Training Unit have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which focuses on enhancing co-operation between the two bodies in the area of medical education and training.

Recognising the positive impact of excellence in medical education and training on clinical practice and patient safety, the MOU puts in place a framework for co-operation which seeks to ensure that the medical education and training system in Ireland continues to produce doctors with a strong commitment to safe patient centred care, interdisciplinary team work, high ethical principles, lifelong learning and professional competency.

In particular it takes note of areas of potential co-operation and collaboration in the interest of patient safety and public protection. Specifically both parties will -

  • Facilitate the training of medical students, interns and specialist trainees via Medical Council accredited clinical placements at HSE/HSE-funded clinical training sites in order that these students and junior doctors may become eligible for entry in the Specialist Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners.
  • Work collaboratively to further develop and enhance the standard of medical education and training for the benefit of patients.
  • Work collaboratively to ensure the type and quantity of posts matches current and future training and service needs.
  • Work collaboratively to ensure junior doctors, not in formal specialist training programmes, are facilitated to maintain their professional competence.

According to Medical Council President Prof. Kieran Murphy, “The Medical Council is responsible for setting standards for the education and training of doctors to ensure that doctors are equipped to provide care to patients that is both safe and of the highest possible quality.   This agreement reflects the commitment of the Medical Council to co-operate with other partners in health to promote patient safety by ensuring the highest standards of professional practice among doctors”. 

The HSE’s National Programme Director for Medical Education, Prof. Eilis McGovern, welcomed the establishment of the MOU between the two agencies, stating “The implementation of this MOU will further enhance collaboration between the Medical Council and the HSE, which will aid both agencies in meeting their ultimate objective of safe, high quality health services for patients in Ireland”


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).pdf

For further information:

Paula Eager, 01 703 8612 / 087 410 9910