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

07 December Dec

Legal and Clinical Risk Aspects of Midwifery and Nursing Care

07 December 2017, 08:00AM to 04:15PM
Maureen Mc Cabe Room, Centre for Midwifery Education, CWIUH.

Legal and Clinical Risk Aspects of Midwifery and Nursing Care (NMBI Category 1 Approved: 8 CEUs)

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 (State Claims Agency 2010). There is a requirement amongst midwives and nurses 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 and nurses 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 and nurses in legal issues relating to midwifery and nursing care.

Learning Outcomes:

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


  • Practice in accordance with the Practice standards for Midwives and Nurses and the in line with their Code of Professional Conduct

  • Critically appraise accountability in nursing/midwifery practice

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

  • 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: Review of Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery (2000), Practice standards for Midwives (2010), Code of Conduct for each Nurse and Midwife (2000), Guidelines for Midwives (2001), Fitness to Practice, Nurses and Midwives Act 2011

  • Documentation in Nursing/Midwifery Practice Definition; 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