Dear Colleagues,

Competency Framework for Clinical Effectiveness education (April 2019)

The Competency Framework for Clinical Effectiveness education has now been published by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) in the Department of Health. The full version and summary version are now available at the links below:

  1. Full report –
  2. Summary report – 

Objectives of the project

  • Develop a competency framework for health and social care professionals in clinical effectiveness
  • Inform academic curricula and professional development programmes at third level.
  • Ensure responsiveness of education standards and curricula of healthcare professionals in this area.
  • Provide a guide for attainment of knowledge, skills and attributes/behaviours for health service staff.
  • Dissemination of the competency framework to Irish statutory health regulators and educators, to inform professional standards for registration courses and continuous professional development of healthcare professionals in Ireland.

The Competency Framework was developed through a process of research and stakeholder consultation as follows:

  • Two national consultation events on EBP education in Ireland, with regulators, researchers and educators (Clinical effectiveness education forum 2016 & 2017).
  • Baseline research on the teaching of evidence-based practice in Ireland (2017).
  • Analysis of health regulators requirements in Ireland in relation to education and professional standards.
  • Development of a Competency Framework (UCC 2018):  documentary analysis of national and international documents pertaining to EBP and clinical effectiveness education; relevant competencies, curriculum considerations, teaching & learning methods and assessment strategies.
  • Stakeholder consultation; 13 focus groups in 2018 with representatives from the health services, clinical practice, third level education & professional training sectors, regulator/accrediting bodies, and the Department of Health.

An overarching inter-disciplinary competency framework was proposed for clinical effectiveness education, which includes the following domains:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement processes
  • Implementation strategies
  • Professional practice.

It is intended that this framework will provide guidance to healthcare educators and regulators in the blueprinting of curricula, learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and graduate/clinician attributes.