Upcoming Programmes in Legal and Clinical Risk Aspects of Midwifery and Nursing Care

11 December Dec

Legal and Clinical Risk Aspects of Maternity Care.

11 December 2018, 08:00AM to 04:00PM
Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, 65-66 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.

Legal and Clinical Risk Aspects of Maternity Care (NMBI Category 1 Pending)

Programme Rationale:

Litigation arising from Irish maternity services accounts for approximately 25% of the number of cases reported to the National Clinical Indemnity Scheme and 60% of the value of claims - National Clinical Incidents Claims and Costs Report- 2010-2014 (State Claims Agency). There is a requirement amongst midwives, nurses and doctors for effective clinical risk management, review of adverse incidences, maintenance of professional competence and adherence to practice standards in order to drive and support patient safety and quality care. This programme provides an opportunity for midwives, nurses and doctors to receive information and guidance on an integrated approach to clinical risk management, incident reporting, litigation claims management, including the process in the Coroner’s Court.

Programme Aim:

The aim of this programme is to provide an update for midwives, nurses and doctors in legal issues relating to maternity care

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this programme it is anticipated that attendees will:


  • Practice in accordance  with their Codes of Professional Conduct

  • Critically appraise accountability in nursing/midwifery/medical practice

  • Critically discuss the need for accurate record keeping as part of the nurse’s/midwife’s/doctor's role

  • Report adverse or near miss incidents

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the lifecycle of a claim

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process when preparing for an inquest

Indicative Content:


  • Professional Issues:  Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework (2015), Practice Standards for Midwives (2015), Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives (2014), Fitness to Practice, Nurses and Midwives Act 2011. Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics. 8th Edn. Medical Council 2016.

  • Documentation in Nursing/Midwifery/Medical Practice ; Confidentiality; Legal matters; Problems with records; Principles of good record keeping; Features of accurate and contemporaneous records; Retention of records

  • Incident reporting

  • Lifecycle of claims

  • Preparing for and attending an inquest.

Target Audience:

Registered Midwives/Nurses and Doctors working within Maternity Care