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Academia, Learning and Development

Academia, Learning and Development


Internal Education and Training

Each Programme and Service within the NRH manages training and up-skilling for staff in their area, including Continuing Professional Development.  Senior staff and management from across the hospital participate in the delivery of mandatory training on an ongoing basis.

External Education and Training

The NRH also has an extensive education and research mandate and is actively engaged in the provision of education programmes for local and regional providers of healthcare services.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate clinical placements continue to be facilitated, and the NRH serves as a resource to other healthcare professionals who require access to specialist knowledge regarding the conditions and needs of patients requiring Complex Specialised Rehabilitation Services (CSRS).

Medical Department Academic Activity

All Consultants continue to be actively involved in Specialist Registrar supervision, NCHD teaching programmes and Medical Student teaching and assessments.

All consultants are required to actively participate in Continuing Professional Development and regularly attend national and international meetings.



Nursing and HCA Education Courses at the NRH

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Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder Courses facilitated by the NRH (for Nurses)

Train the Trainer in Neurogenic Bowel Management (2 days): This programme provides training in the theoretical and practical skills to support the planning, implementation and evaluation to facilitate a course in neurogenic bowel dysfunction. This will support the trainer to facilitate a course for registered nurses or Health Care Assistants HCA’s in the individual’s clinical area. The workshop will include the key points in designing a course, writing aims and objectives, teaching methods, learning styles.

Pre-requirements: Must have attended a one day neurogenic bowel course, completed assessment, be deemed competent and be prepared to deliver and support training locally.

Day 1: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) is a form of performance-based testing used to measure candidates’ clinical competence.  In this session we will use manikins and identify different neurogenic bowel issues.

Day 2: Each individual candidate will be required to prepare and present a short presentation on the neurogenic bowel and be evaluated by their peers.

Delegates: Suitable for all registered nurses in both hospital community setting who are competent in bowel care and prepared to train candidates locally

Accreditation:  13CEU’s from Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland (NMBI)

Reference: Guidelines for Management of Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction in Individuals with Central Neurological Conditions. Published on behalf of Multidisciplinary Association Spinal Cord Injury Professionals guideline is under review.

Date: To be confirmed        Time: 09.00-16.30    –    Venue: NRH   

Cost: €80.00 per delegate            Download Booking Form

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Neurogenic Bladder Management (1 day): This programme provides training in the theoretical and practical skills in the management of neurogenic bladder dysfunction. This will include a workshop on clinical aspects of performing urethral, suprapubic, and intermittent catheterisation for male and female patients. The training will also include a session on complications / troubleshooting issues in relation to neurogenic bladder management. Assessment of clinical competency to be achieved locally.

Delegates: Suitable for all registered nurses in both hospital / community setting Accreditation: 6 CEU’s from Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland NMBI

Date: To be confirmed        Time: 09.00-16.30    –    Venue: NRH   

Cost: €80.00 per delegate            Download Booking Form

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Neurogenic Bowel Management (1 day)This programme provides training in the theoretical and practical skills to support the planning, implementation and evaluation of a neurogenic bowel care programme.  This will include a workshop on the clinical aspects of performing digital rectal examination (DRE), insertion of a suppository, digital rectal stimulation (DRS), and digital removal of faeces (DRF). The training will also include a session on complications, adjunctive interventions, colostomy and trans- anal irrigation (TAI) in relation to neurogenic bowel dysfunction.

Assessment of clinical competency to be achieved locally.

Delegates: Suitable for all registered nurses in both hospital / community setting Accreditation: 6 CEU’s from Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland NMBI

Date: To be confirmed        Time: 09.00-16.30    –    Venue: NRH   

Cost: €80.00 per delegate            Download Booking Form

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Skills Update for Health Care Assistants

Skills Update for Health Care Assistants (1 Day)  

‘Skills Update’ for Health Care Assistants: This course is to enhance the knowledge and skills by providing continuing education for Health Care Assistants (HCA). It is delivered using evidence based practice to support quality patient care within their health care setting. The workshop is delivered with interactive learning sessions allowing participants to be involved in the learning process to progress their theoretical and clinical skills. Topics include continence issues for neurogenic bladder/ bowel, skin integrity, sexuality and disability, communication.

Delegates: Suitable for all Health Care Assistants in both hospital / community setting Accreditation: 6 CEU’s from Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland NMBI

Reference: Guidelines for Management of Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction in Individuals with Central Neurological Conditions. Published on behalf of Multidisciplinary Association Spinal Cord Injury Professionals guideline is under review.

Date: To be confirmed        Time: 09.00-16.30    –    Venue: NRH   

Cost: €80.00 per delegate            Download Booking Form

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